2013/14 was Liverpool’s most memorable season in years, as Brendan Rodgers’s team scored outstanding 101 goals and was too close to win the Premier league title. And what is most painful for them, Liverpool lost the chance to win the title race after terrible mistake from their legendary man Steven Gerrard, who slipped down in the match against Chelsea and not only let the opponent to level the score, but also helped Man City to win the League campaign.
The Reds’ good run in that season is mainly thanks to several key players and manager’s genius. Luis Suarez’s incredible form helped him to win championship’s top scorer award with 31 goals, while Steven Gerrard tabbed 13 assists, which was the best number in the league, too.
Howbeit, after team leaders left the club due to different reasons, Liverpool never were able to get back to such heights again. They were 6th in 2014/15 season and the 8th a year later. Last year’s bad outcome can be justified by many injuries and new coach’s factor.
Now Liverpool go 11th in the league with 4 points after 3 matches. To repeat the 2013/14 season’s achievement and even improve it, the Merseyside club needs to meet some requirements:
This was a big problem for the club in 2013/14 campaign, as they could trash their opponents one after another, but then lose points in the most important matches. Their spectacular football was sometimes left in the shadow of an invisible force. Even their stars like Suarez or Gerrard had bad days too often. Given the fact, that Premier league is the most competitive tournament in modern football, this kind of mistakes are unforgivable. Everyone was amazed by Leicester’s last year win, but if we look at Ranieri’s team more thoroughly, we see that stability was their strongest weapon.
Another painful side of Liverpool’s reality. They surely have a top squad which can overcome the hardest challenges, but their main men are getting injured too often. For example, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Kolo Toure were out for a long time during 15/16 season. It’s unbelievable, but Brendan Rodgers at the start and Jurgen Klopp afterwards were forced to deal with 40 injuries during the season. With this terrible data you simply cannot compete for the highest honors.
Luck is something that people don’t pay much attention to. It’s accepted nowadays, that quality and hard work are enough to become champions. However, again we have to recall Leicester’s title win. If they weren’t lucky enough, they wouldn’t win the majority of their matches. Incredible shots in the dying minutes, outlandish comebacks, unimaginable goals… All these are not only the result of quality and training, but product of karma, too. If Gerrad was luckier in the Chelsea clash, Liverpool might have become champions, if Suarez’s shots were more accurate in 1-2 matches, they might have win the desired title.
These three factors are necessary but not sufficient for winning Barclay’s Premier league. Nevertheless, if Klopp’s men will meet this three preconditions, their chances of victory will be much higher.