Although they haven’t won it since 1990, the Merseyside giants have come close to winning the league title on three different occasions. This season, Liverpool is winning games in style. There hasn’t been a shortage of goals for Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge destroying defenders in the Premier League. Martin Skrtel is also competing against his team’s strikers and has netted a few but on the wrong end of the pitch.
Brendan Rodger’s brilliance has started to reap the fruits. Yet Mourinho isn’t convinced that the 5-time European champions have it in them to win their 19th league title. In November, the former Intermilan coach said, “Liverpool are probably the club with least resources because, while their team looks as strong as the others, their squad doesn't look quite so strong”
But on the other hand, he claimed that it will not be wise to write them off as they do not have to play midweek matches (Europe). He said, “At the same time, they don't play in European competition, so they only play one match a week, so they are training, preparing and resting for the weekend match while the rest of us are playing in Europe.”
Until 2009, Liverpool FC were the most decorated team in England. Now they have a huge chance of getting those glory days back to Anfield. They are genuine title contenders along with Arsenal and Chelsea. This is the closest Premier League start of the season since the year 2000.
So why it seems they have a real chance of winning the title?
This year Livepool have developed that edge and stability which was missing since a long time. The team now has depth and are comfortable at the back. Mignolet, for them, is the signing of the season. The Belgian goalkeeper is working wonders between the posts+ for BR’s team.
Another important factor could be the rebuilding that is taking place at big clubs like Man City, United and Chelsea. There has been a change in management at the three major clubs and thus Liverpool and Arsenal have a clear chance of taking advantage of this transition period. Although, Mourinho is not new to the West London club Chelsea, he still needs time to clear up the mess created by the numerous coaches in such short duration. Manchester United are clearly struggling under Moyes, yet it would be silly to rule out the reigning champions considering their history and past records. While City are crushing some opponents, they still have to be consistent in their performances.
Liverpool are now grinding results out of nothing. Steven Gerrard’s combination play with Suarez and Sturridge is producing a galore of goals. The blistering form of the Uruguayan striker is also quite helpful. A want-away striker a few months ago, Suarez is slowly reaching the level of Ronaldo and Messi and the goals he scores now are outright spectacular. According to the BBC, he has scored a hat-trick every 20.3 Premier League games, "the best rate of all 46 players to have scored more than one treble" in the top tier.