Will the Reds secure a top four spot in the face of such strong competition?
The race for the top four looks set to go down to the wire this year with five teams seemingly going for three places. Manchester City are out on their own in what looks to be an unassailable position after winning 14 out of the 15 games they have played so far., but behind them it looks wide open.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool currently occupy the top four positions, but Arsenal and Spurs are right in the mix too.
Liverpool’s recent 5-1 win against Brighton at the Amex Stadium saw them set a record of winning at 53 of the 57 grounds they have played so far during their Premier League era, which is a feat no other club has yet achieved.
Liverpool are an excellent attacking unit with forward Mohamed Salah their top goal scorer this season. He has scored 15 goals in 17 premier league appearances so far and is definitely a candidate for the Golden Boot. The Reds have achieved significant milestones this season with their free-scoring ways but the defence remains a problem. Jurgen Klopp has stated recently that centre-back Joel Matip could be back in action sooner than expected. That helps but Matip alone is unlikely to make much difference.
Liverpool have an awful defence that is considered the weakest among the ‘big six’ teams. They had conceded 16 goals from their first ten premier league games which clearly shows where their problems lie. The midfield protection is lacking and the reputation of Liverpool’s centre-halves has sunk so low this season due to the goals flying in. Dejan Lovren in particular has had a difficult time.
Their goalkeepers Loris Karius’ and Simon Mignolet are also not the best. Mignolet’s reliability as a keeper has been questioned many times and he has been beaten too many times this season. Karius has thus far failed to convince too, but does have youth on his side. If they don’t improve the defensive side of their game, Liverpool might find it hard to secure a position among the top 4 this season. If you are sports betting fan betbright are offering good odds that Liverpool will finish in top 4, but you should also think twice because of their fragile defence.
The remaining fixtures for Liverpool in the upcoming weeks are with Everton, West Brom, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Swansea City and Leicester City which are not the top teams. As long as the defensive errors and misses by the goalkeepers continue, Liverpool might not get a chance to finish in top 4 positions, but if they can tighten things up at the back they should have a guaranteed spot in the 3rd or 4th positions due to how many goals they score at the other end.
According to bookmakers, Liverpool are favourites to qualify for the champions league place. With Spurs dropping points and Arsenal inconsistent, the door is open for the Reds to take a firm grip of a top four spot in the coming weeks.
Klopp is hoping to make the team stronger in the January transfer window and will once again try to land Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk to stiffen up the defence. The Reds are definitely one of the most dynamic teams in the Premier League, with plenty of firepower and a strong attacking unit, so if they can shore up the defence there’s no reason why they cannot to secure a place among the top 4 teams once again this season.