Whichever way you look at it, there’s no doubt that Liverpool have made a phenomenal start to the 2019-20 Premier League season. Although it’s still very early days, the Reds have taken maximum points from their opening seven games of the campaign, securing victories with the utmost efficiency, setting the pace at the top of the table.
Some might claim that Liverpool haven’t been truly tested yet this term, aside from in Europe. Though at the same time, it’s also fair to say that in the Premier League there’s genuinely no such thing as an easy opponent. Sure, the 8-0 thrashing Manchester City handed Watford recently seemed easy enough for them, but prior to that, Guardiola’s side were held against Tottenham Hotspur and lost against newly promoted Norwich City.
In the end, a win is still only worth three points regardless of the final score and while City have blown hot and cold when it comes to results, irrespective of how many goals they’ve managed to score in their opening seven encounters. Meanwhile, Liverpool have managed to achieve flawless winning consistency thus far, taking points in their threes on every occasion, which is what matters more than anything else.
Liverpool's last seven Premier League games #LFC— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) September 28, 2019
4-1 vs Norwich
2-1 vs Southampton
3-1 vs Arsenal
3-0 vs Burnley
3-1 vs Newcastle
2-1 vs Chelsea
1-0 vs Sheffield United
Only the second club EVER to win the first 7 PL games of a season pic.twitter.com/YgMRnPxynX
Nevertheless, having already won back to back titles, Manchester City remain Premier League betting favourites at 4/5 odds, while Liverpool are 6/5 as the main challengers. With very little splitting the two sides insofar as the bookmakers are concerned, especially given how tight things finished at the top of the table last season, there’s every reason to believe this season could go right down to the wire again.
Given the seeming lack of consistency from any of the other typical Premier League contenders, early form this season would also seem to indicate that realistically, it’s going to be another two-horse race this term. Manchester United are well off the pace, as are Chelsea and Arsenal, with Liverpool having already beaten both of the latter on their march to maximum points at this stage of the campaign.
Beating teams considered to be the strongest rivals is always important towards a successful title bid, although likewise, beating teams considered to be inferior is equally important. In both cases, Liverpool can never allow themselves to become complacent at any point during the coming months, given that even the slightest trip can cause the whole Premier League campaign to stumble and fall.
Last season, some will point to the 2-1 defeat at the Etihad against Manchester City as being a singular decisive result, one that handed City the Premier League title instead of Liverpool. However, that’s too simplistic a view to take. The Reds also drew seven other matches and had just one of those been a victory instead, the trophy would have been nestling in the Anfield silverware cabinet alongside the Champions League trophy.
Reigning supreme as champions of Europe was certainly a brilliant consolation last season, but there’s a huge itch that Liverpool fans are eager to get itched once and for all. The Reds haven’t been champions of England since winning the old First Division back in the 1989-90 season, and they haven’t conquered England at all during the Premier League era, finishing runners-up four times and third on five occasions.
Nearly is never good enough and it’s been a thorn in the side of Liverpool for far too long. The flying start made to the current season gives every sensation this could finally be our year. Though it’s perhaps still a little early to be polishing the shelf ready to receive the Premier League trophy, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming about the title coming to Anfield at long last. Given the quality of this side, the enthusiasm and managerial ability of Jurgen Klopp, the dream could soon come true.