So Far So Fantastically Good
A Record Breaking Start
The season so far has seen Liverpool with the most points after 16 games, the best defensive record in the league and the only unbeaten team in the Premiership. Unquestionably, Liverpool Football Club has started the campaign brilliantly without hitting the highs of last season.
The Reds sit top of the league with 42 points and a nervous win over Napoli keeps Jurgen Klopp’s men on track in the Champions League.
In the past five seasons the team top of the table after 16 games went on to win the league. Three of them had fewer points than Liverpool have now. All reasons to be very cheerful.
Why then are some supporters seemingly unable to enjoy this record-breaking start to the season?
The Man City Affect
City are having a great start to their title defence. They have an outstanding manager and some of the best players in the world.
Winning the league is every Liverpool supporters dream. To do that we need to be in a title race which brings added pressure, focus and intensity.
It’s a different pressure from being fourth pushing to stay in the top four, it’s a pressure that impacts players and supporters.
Portraying City as a blue winning machine, the media have them pegged as unstoppable title favourites steam rolling all before them. Liverpool can’t afford to drop a single point. If they do, City will be out of sight and Paddy Power will pay out on them retaining the title in January.
This is the prism through which we watch Liverpool games. Liverpool must win because City won’t lose.
City’s loss to Chelsea however, shows they are beatable and will drop points.
It Works Both Ways
City are worried about Liverpool on and off the field. At Anfield, Pep set his team up to stop Liverpool instead of playing his normal attacking football.
If Liverpool and City continue their points per game ratio, Liverpool will hit the magic 100 mark and City will finish on 97.
Check out Man City fan pages on Twitter. Liverpool are a real threat.
We now enter the frenetic winter period when games come quick and often. Title races aren’t as common at Anfield as we would like, but Klopp is changing that.
Liverpool are mounting a serious challenge this season. We all want Liverpool to win. Enjoy it.