Manchester United look ready to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title this season. The Reds needn’t fear them just yet, however.
Liverpool and Manchester United sit joint-top of the Premier League right now. It’s been a long, long time since that happened.
In fact, we haven’t seen a title-race between the two since 2009. This could be the year they battle once again, it seems.
But for us, there’s nothing to fear just yet. This is all still firmly in Liverpool’s hands.
The road ahead
As things stand, we’d have Liverpool down as unfortunate to be on the points they’re on. They should have more.
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Now, you can look at that game by game and say they should have won here and there but that’s not the point. The fact is, Liverpool are doing remarkably well to be top of the league during an injury crisis.
Just about every player has been missing at some stage. Virgil van Dijk – arguably the club’s best player – likely won’t even come back this season.
But he’s not the important one here. Thiago is. Diogo Jota is. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is.
They’re the ones who haven’t had the impact they could have had because of injuries. They’re also the ones who will be back and fully firing before long.
So while yes, United are matching Liverpool in the title race for now, they’re matching the Reds at their weakest.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will get stronger by default, barring another run of terrible injury fortune. That, fingers crossed, shouldn’t happen.
We’d expect Liverpool to pull away, then. They’ll get stronger, they’ll grow in confidence, and they should have enough to wrap this trophy up for themselves.
Now, this all changes if United beat Liverpool on the 17th or further injuries do happen. But until then, the Reds still look like the much more likely team to lift that Premier League title.