Last season’s champions Liverpool find themselves in a closer battle than last year’s extraordinary triumph, but nevertheless look just as hungry for silverware.
They are currently in second place just behind Tottenham on goal difference, with Chelsea and Leicester City sitting just two and three points behind them. The Reds have lost just one of their opening eight games; a defeat that will live long in the memory of both Liverpool and Villa fans after the spectacular 7-2 humbling Jurgen Klopp’s men received. However, since THAT night at Villa Park, they are unbeaten, sweeping aside Sheffield United and West Ham, but being held by neighbours Everton, title rivals Manchester City and most recently Brighton at the Amex last weekend.
It would be hard to argue against the title staying at Anfield, but the recent plague of injuries that has swept through their defence could seriously hinder their campaign. Both Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are set to sit out most of the season with long-term injuries, whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold has been injured since just before the start of the last international break with a knee injury. While they do have players who can fill in, their depth is limited and lacking in experience bar Fabinho. With tough fixtures approaching in Leicester, Wolves and Tottenham, Liverpool’s resolve will certainly be tested.
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