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3 moments which may cost Liverpool the title | Premier League 2018-19

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Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have been undoubtedly the most credible challengers to Manchester City's title defense, and so far they have done a marvelous job. It is a well known fact that in a title race, matches against the 'top 6' are unpredictable, and matches against the others are the ones that have to be won in order to gain an undisputed advantage over title rivals.

In the first half of the season, Liverpool did just that, winning against every team outside of the top six, and garnering a lot of points against the top 6.

Barring last season, winning a Premier League title has always been a case of fine margins. There were certain moments in the match against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City away, which may come back to haunt Liverpool in the end.

Here's a detailed look at those moments.

#1 Xherdan Shaqiri's miss against Chelsea (Stamford Bridge) 

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge at the end of September 2018. The visitors were one goal down at half time, and late in the second half, Shaqiri came in for Salah. Almost instantly, he had a simple tap-in chance off a beautiful cross from Andy Robertson.

He surprisingly missed slicing the ball just outside the post, as he tried to be too cute with the finish. Liverpool drew the game 1-1, and many would argue that they should've won the game. Although Shaqiri remains an integral part of the Liverpool squad, that miss ultimately robbed Liverpool of 2 points.

#2 Missed chances at Arsenal (Emirates)  

Virgil van Dijk missed 2 easy chances
Virgil van Dijk missed 2 easy chances

Liverpool traveled to the Emirates early in November, and they were the better team in terms of goal scoring chances. Unfortunately, they failed to take majority of those chances.

Most noticeably, Virgil van Dijk missed 2 easy chances, considering the extraordinary attacking talent he possesses. It could easily have been a 1-4 or a 1-3 to Liverpool, but they ultimately drew with the hosts. 2 extra points would've been a title race advantage. 

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