Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester United last Sunday in a Premier League match at Anfield to drop to the second position in the league table with 38 points from 17 matches. The Reds dominated the match with a plethora of attacks and also won numerous corners, but could not find the back of the net amid some dour defending by United.
Liverpool now is a point adrift of Arsenal and have as many points as Aston Villa has in one of the most intense title-races in recent times.
Bouncing back from a deficit has been a trend for Liverpool this season
Recovering after falling behind has been the trend for Liverpool this season, as Jürgen Klopp’s men keep showing exceptional resolve to keep bouncing back to erase deficits repeatedly. They earned a memorable win against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, when Darwin Nunez’s wonderful brace saw them through.
Then they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers courtesy three second half goals, and also equalized against Manchester City after having been overwhelmed and having conceded within the first 45 minutes.
Scoring goals has not been an issue for the Reds this season, as Salah alone has scored 14 of them this season. Then there are the likes of Núñez, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, each of whom pose a considerable attacking threat. As a result, Liverpool is always in with a chance to score goals against almost any opposition.
Versatile players and substitutes have played a big part
Liverpool has a versatile midfielder in Dominic Szoboszlai, who is well capable of playing in a more advanced role than his role as a no. 8 in a 4-3-3 suggests. He has often ventured forward and scored wonderful goals when his team has needed him to do so. The Hungarian also has the ability to move to the left flank and play as a winger.
The same goes for Cody Gakpo, who can play as a no. 8 or as a center forward as per the requirements of his team. Then there is the young sensation, Harvey Elliott, who has often proved to be the game-changer after coming in as a substitute. His energetic play, ability to pick his teammates in the final third and work-rate are all great qualities any team would like to have.
Some vital matches coming up
Liverpool has Arsenal and Newcastle United as two of their three upcoming opponents in the Premier League, which promises to be quite a daunting prospect. They also meet West Ham in the EFL Cup quarterfinals in midweek. The clash with Arsenal might prove to be a pivotal one in deciding the course of the current season, with the Gunners being in great form at the moment.
Moreover, Newcastle is also a formidable team in the league, and Liverpool will not want to avoid any undesirable result in the aforementioned two matches.
With Manchester City perennially in the reckoning and Aston Villa enjoying a dream run, the season is heading towards a potentially engaging second half in England. Klopp’s men are very much in the race, but cannot afford to be as lose this opportunity.