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4 reasons why Liverpool will choke in this EPL title race

Elvis Ume O
ANALYST
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3.21K   //    05 Feb 2019, 17:04 IST

Liverpool dropped a couple of points again
Liverpool dropped a couple of points again

We are rapidly approaching the home stretch of the 2018/19 Premier League season and we already have a clearer picture of how the table is going to shape up to be.

At the bottom of the table, there are clear relegation candidates, while the battle for the UEFA Champions League spots remains fiercely heated following Manchester United’s revival since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

It is, however, at the top of the table where the most focus is, as Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham engage in a three-way race to be crowned league champions.

Liverpool have all the chips in their favour at the moment, as they currently hold a three-point advantage over City in second place, although the Cityzens could temporarily go top of the standings if they achieve victory over Everton in their rescheduled midweek clash.

Having had two opportunities to further widen the gap and move seven points clear of Pep’s men, Liverpool threw their chances away, drawing consecutive matches to ensure that it remains anybody’s title with 13 matches to go.

The Reds are without domestic glory since 1990 and the desire to deliver a first ever Premier League title to the Anfield faithful is topmost on every Liverpool player’s mind. However, for all of their brilliance at the start of the season, Liverpool have begun to wobble in recent weeks, leading many to suggest that they could choke.

In this piece, we shall be taking a look at four reasons which could see Liverpool falter in their quest to be league champions.


#4 They have recent history against them

The 2013/14 season was one to forget for Liverpool
The 2013/14 season was one to forget for Liverpool

Nobody can ever forget the mother of all chokes which happened to Liverpool in the 2013/2014 Premier League season.

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With a forward line led by the unplayable Luis Suarez ably supported by Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers captured the imagination, scoring goals for fun and were fans and neutrals alike pick to be crowned league champions.

Their claim was further boosted when they defeated their closest challengers Manchester City to move three points clear with five matches to go, but the unthinkable happened as they lost a home game to Chelsea before throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace.

The rest, as they say, is history, as a season which started with so much promise in 2014 ended in agony and disappointment and their performance in the later periods of that season is one which would play heavily on the minds of Liverpool’s players and fans, as they would be keen to avoid a repeat scenario.

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Elvis Ume O
ANALYST
Elvis is an avid football fan, who has followed the sport dedicatedly for over 15 years. His passion lies with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, while his all-time favorite player is Raul Gonzalez. He watches all football matches, but has a bias for international football. He understands that the end justifies the means in football, and results are all that matters, but prefers the results being gotten in an aesthetic manner. His writing reflects the way he lives his life, open-ended, with room for differing opinions. Other pastimes include reading and exploring the world. If you have a passion for the game like he does, connect with him across all platforms and share views.
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