Liverpool struggling to keep pace with red-hot Chelsea in Premier
League title race
DATE: 24.12.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
have been one of the strongest sides in the Premier League so far
this campaign and it isn’t a huge surprise to see the Reds fighting
it out at the summit of the division
As of December 20th, Klopp’s men are
six points behind runaway leaders Chelsea but more importantly have
a four-point advantage over fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur -
arguably Liverpool's main objective this campaign.
On current form, Liverpool have what it takes to win the title
offensively but deficiencies at the back could hinder their chances
of silverware once again.
Liverpool’s defence has been exposed on more than
one occasion this season and their frailties have contributed to
their demise in recent weeks. Klopp’s side have conceded 20 goals in
17 league games so far this season, keeping just five clean sheets
However, recent performances have indicated a
significant improvement at the back, with back-to-back clean sheets
in away fixtures for the first time since January 2015. If the Reds
continue to improve and keep things tight defensively, their Premier
League title hopes will receive a huge boost.
At the end of the day, defence wins championships and that is
why Chelsea have romped clear at the top of the table in recent
New manager Antonio Conte, previously in charge of the Italy
national side, has
focused on building an impenetrable defensive unit and the
Blues have reaped rewards from this change in system and style.
Chelsea have won their last 11 Premier League games in a row,
scoring 25 goals whilst conceding just two – keeping an
incredible eight clean sheets in the process.
The Blues are looking invincible right now and their recent form
has helped to pile the pressure on Liverpool and the chasing
Offensively, Liverpool’s front three is as good as Chelsea’s
unit – if not better.
With the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio
Mané terrorising opposing defenders, the Reds have enough
quality to blow teams out of the park.
While Spain star Diego Costa is by far and away the best striker
in the Premier League right now.
The supporting cast – with the exception of Eden Hazard – are a
class below and Chelsea may fall short if the rest of the top
flight figure out how to defend against Conte’s new-look system.
As of December 20th,
Liverpool are valued at
11/2 to lift the title in bet365 Premier League betting
markets and it is difficult.
To bet against Klopp’s men despite Chelsea’s early season form.
The Blues will have their blip and when they do, Liverpool will
be ready to pounce.
In Klopp, the Reds have a truly relentless manager and he simply
won’t allow his side to slip up in the title race if the crown
is on the line.
With 41 goals in just 17 league games.
Liverpool’s attacking unit could secure a maiden Premier League
title if they shore up at the back. Defence wins championships but
in Liverpool's case, attack may just be the best form of defence
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