A Premier League winning side need skill, togetherness and a small slice of luck. Something they also need is a world-class player, one that can tip a tight game in their favour in the blink of an eye.
League leaders Liverpool have the skill in abundance, the togetherness is there for all to see as well. As for luck and a world-class player we point you in the direction of Huddersfield back in October.
An excellent finish from Mo Salah sealed a narrow 1-0 win for the Reds, a result that was protected by the decisions of Michael Oliver. The Terriers had a blatant penalty shout turned down and a legitimate goal ruled out.
So Liverpool have it all – skill, togetherness, luck and a world-class player. Will this be enough to bring a league title to Anfield for the first time in 29 years? Read on to find out.
(Liverpool had the referee and Mo Salah to thank for a narrow win against Huddersfield in October. That shows Liverpool have what it needs to win the title.)
The Salah effect
Our Egyptian King is halfway to equalling his goal scoring tally of 32 from last season, and has contributed an astonishing 7 assists to the team already this campaign. After an average start to the season, Salah has made a stunning return to top form in recent months.
As mentioned in the introduction to this article, Salah has the ability to settle tight games for Liverpool and has done so already this season. With games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea still to come, Salah will be pivotal in firing Liverpool to title-defining victories.
The Champions League effect
Bayern Munich are the opponents for Liverpool in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The German champions have not had the best of seasons so far, sitting second in the table, 6 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Victory against Bayern Munich is a distinct possibility for Liverpool. That would make Liverpool one of the favourites in the Champions League betting, but it could also threaten to derail our hopes of domestic success.
Would you take a loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League to guarantee Premier League success? I’m sure you would. We have won plenty of Champions League trophies – the Premier League remains the Holy Grail.
The other Champions League effect
Manchester City are currently Liverpool’s biggest rivals for the Premier League title – something that would have sounded absurd to football fans a decade ago. City are undoubtedly a smaller club than Liverpool, a club with a chip on their shoulder, deep in the shadow of their rivals in Salford.
3 Premier League titles in the Sheikh Mansour era have helped to boost the profile of City, but they are still small fry’s in English football. That won’t change unless they win another 10 league titles or…a Champions League.
The Citizens are desperate to win the Champions League and announce themselves as a big club – much like Chelsea were when Roman Abramovich pumped billions into the West London club.
City’s desire to win the Champions League could outweigh their desire to retain the Premier League. A Round of 16 clash against Schalke should be a formality for Pep Guardiola’s City’s team.
As they get further in Europe’s elite club competition, they will undoubtedly take their eye off the ball domestically. Ergo, boosting Liverpool’s chances of winning the league.
(City have come a long way from playing David James up front, but they are still a small club.)
Will Mo Salah fire Liverpool to the title?
Yes, yes and yes. On current form Mo Salah is one of the finest footballers in the world. He is better than any other player in the Premier League and gives this already fantastic Liverpool side a world-class edge in the Premier League title race.
Man City’s latest defeat to struggling Newcastle United shows that they do not have the mettle to retain their Premier League crown. Their burning desire to join Liverpool as an elite club will force them to focus on the Champions League and take their eyes off the Premier League.
Liverpool don’t need to win the Champions League. Winning the Champions League would be all too familiar. The Premier League is Liverpool’s destiny this season, and Mo Salah will be the difference for the Reds.
Beating Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea will be the key to winning the title. Is there a better man than Mo Salah to settle these games? Quite simply, no. Move over Manchester City, the Premier League is ours.