Liverpool have an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League after their 3-1 win over Manchester City. While that’s obviously brilliant for their title ambitions, it has another added bonus.
One enormously underrated aspect of Liverpool’s Champions League success last season was that they did while also taking the Premier League title race to the wire. That very rarely happens.
Teams almost always need to prioritise a competition at some point, unable to stretch their first-team too thin. It’s a big ask to ask players to play huge games twice a week, after all.
But Liverpool did it, only weakening themselves in a few league games. You wouldn’t have thought they could do that this year, however.
The priority simply must be the league and any European exploits will be secondary. Especially after some very busy summers for key players, Liverpool will expect to be resting their stars later in the season, probably in Europe.
But the early Liverpool lead may change things. This might not be a title race like last year and may instead offer some breathing room come March, April and May.
If that is the case, then Liverpool have an unexpected opportunity to fight properly on two fronts. Their lead would limit the pressure in the league games and allow them to rest there, instead.
Fans and pundits are rightfully excited about Liverpool’s chance in the league after their great start. But they shouldn’t forget this added bonus.
Liverpool could be in for a double.