Why Manchester City's status as favourites can play into Liverpool hands again

Let’s be honest, are we really surprised that amass panic and talks of a crisis are written up when Liverpool lose a game of football?

Yeah, me neither.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have rewritten the laws of consistency following such dominance in the previous 24 months. The Premier League champions losing has become such a rarity that it when it does happen there is a tendency for the neutrals to over-react.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Fans Outside Anfield celebrate winning the Premier League on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Already people are writing off Liverpool’s chances of defending their crown next season. But don’t worry, this only plays to our advantage.

The same kind of talk occurred last season when the Reds missed out on the league title by a solitary point with the majority convinced that Manchester City would steamroll everyone again in the 2019/20 campaign.

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The underdog tag suited Liverpool perfectly and only drove Jurgen Klopp’s players further to go that one step better this season. They did exactly that and incredibly the champions are already being written off again at the same time of year.

People really do have short memories.

In the space of a 12 short months, Liverpool have claimed the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup. How much more tangible evidence could be warranted to suggest that the club’s fortunes could not be in a greater position of strength.

Yes, there has been an expected drop-off in results following Liverpool’s confirmation of their 19th league title. However, this shouldn’t be lamented as Klopp has installed a mentality into his players that craves silverware, not records.

While Liverpool haven’t made any major-money signings since July 2018, Klopp was able to demand what seemed to most as unsustainable levels of consistency as the Reds won the league in record-breaking time.

There is no reason to suggest that Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ aren’t capable of emulating such success next year. The club may not be making any major additions to the squad but neither are we expected to lose any key personal that were so influential in our title procession this season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Jamie Carragher speaks for Sky Sports after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park on June 21, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

Money isn’t everything

As Jamie Carragher rightly mentioned on Sky Sports yesterday, money isn’t everything in football. While City have injected gargantuan figures into their club, they are still to make a significant run in the Champions League and they are currently trailing Liverpool by 18 points in the table.

Liverpool have managed to fight off one of football’s all-time financial superpowers while simultaneously resisting the urge to spend and instead have operated within their means.

Indeed, they have made big-money signings in the past but all were done when funds were made available following big-money departures and with regular Champions League participation.

If money was the sole key to success, the reigning English, European and world champions wouldn’t play their football at Anfield.

Liverpool are their own biggest critics and were able to meet the club’s aspirations for the season a lot earlier than expected. Anyone who thinks the hunger has gone because success has come so quickly has clearly not been paying attention to the foundations Klopp has laid down over the years.

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