Premier League: Liverpool Can’t defend their title
History! They say, counts for nothing when title defense is in question.
Over the last ten seasons, only Manchester City have been able to successfully defend there crown, after failed attempts by the likes of Chelsea, Man United, and Leicester City.
After 30 long years and numerous near misses, the excruciating, and nail-biting wait to land the most coveted Holy Grail in English football was finally ended by Liverpool who, last lifted the EPL title in 1990. Football is a time-conscious sport, as little time is given to reflect on any triumph.
It is barely two months since the conclusion of the COVID 19 affected season, and a new campaign is already underway. Liverpool started their title defense against survival hopefuls Leeds United, after there sixteen years of exile. They almost left Anfield with a valuable point, after going toe to toe with the league champions, if not for a Muhammad salah spot-kick in the dying minutes.
Defending the EPL title is no mean feat, as Manchester City can attest to. Being at your imperious best will be key, and there will be little margin for error. As the old saying goes in the world of soccer ( make additions from a position of strength) Liverpool has failed to heed to this. There was only one addition ( kotas tsimikas) a left-back who is expected to act as cover for Andrew Robertson.
Secondly, fatigue and injuries might derail there defense ambition, which brings us back to signings. Liverpool missed out on Timo Werner because they were reluctant to his release clause which is relatively cheap for a proven goal machine, and they have also refused to activate Thiago Alcantara 27 million pound valuation, who will surely bring a new dimension to Liverpool’s Midfield play.
The onus of chance creation has been heavily placed on the shoulders of Alexandre Arnold and his chief partner in crime Andrew Robertson. Manchester United gave a blueprint on how to keep Liverpool quiet by neutralizing their fullbacks, which most teams will certainly have learned from. That is why recruiting Thiago would have made a lot of sense. His good passing range and tidy dribbling could prove effective on teams who like sitting deep.
Thirdly, complacency, which was evident in Jurgen Klopp’s team play yesterday was worrisome in various respect. VVD who have sofar been rock solid was forced into an error that led to Patrick Bamford’s goal that made it 2-2, and Arnold was given a run for his money, his evening would have gotten worse if not for VAR intervention.
The Merseyside outfit will surely put up a fight, but history holds no loyalty to the present, and Liverpool choosing to be mute in the transfer market might be there undoing.