Liverpool’s Title Hopes Still Alive Despite Absence of African Stars

At some point in the 2021/22 Premier League season, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City appeared to be the major contenders, but along the line, the other two teams seemed to relent and it became almost obvious that Pep Guardiola would win his fourth Premier League title in his sixth season in charge of Manchester City. However, Liverpool could stage a surprise comeback as they sit in second place with 48 points from 22 games, below Manchester City with 57 points from 23 games. Liverpool have a game in hand and they will be just six points below Manchester City if they win that game.

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Having played a 2-2 draw at Anfield on October 3, 2021, both teams will clash at the Etihad on April 9, 2022 and the result of that game will likely play a huge role in determining the winner of the 2021/22 Premier League title.

Following the departure of three of their key players in Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita who all travelled to Cameroon for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Liverpool looked like they had an uphill task before them. However, they haven’t fared badly without them, as they have won both Premier League games against Brentford and Crystal Palace and have also defeated Arsenal to reach the EFL Cup final.

With Manchester City failing to take all three points in their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday, January 22, 2022, Liverpool could take advantage of that and produce an incredible comeback to dethrone the current league leaders. This may just be a repeat of the 2018/19 season where both teams were unrelenting in their pursuit of the title till the final matchday when Manchester City eventually emerged champions with just one point ahead of Liverpool.

The next set of Premier League games will be played after the international break and Liverpool’s African trio will be back by then. Their return will most likely help boost the team’s confidence, as Jurgen Klopp looks to overtake Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and win his second Premier League title.

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