5 reasons why Liverpool won't make the top four in the 2017/18 season
Despite their 1-4 win over West Ham yesterday, Liverpool still sit adrift of the top four in the Premier League table, although in 6th, they are now on equal points with 5th placed Burnley and 4th placed Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season goal would clearly have been to reach the Champions League spots again – or even push to win the Premier League title – but right now, is it realistic for them to expect to reach that goal?
I don’t think so. Liverpool might see themselves as one of England’s biggest and best clubs and they wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s becoming ever-trickier to reach those all-important top four spots and this season may well prove very difficult for the Reds given their start. Here are five reasons why Liverpool won’t finish in the top four this season.
#1 There are too many strong sides around them
Klopp might’ve helped Liverpool to progress after the disastrous latter days of the Brendan Rodgers era, but naturally, the Reds’ other Premier League rivals haven’t stood still either. The Premier League right now is as strong as it’s ever been, thanks to a mix of the bigger clubs being able to bring in the best managers and players from around the world, and the smaller sides using smart organisation and wise spending of a substantial amount of money to continually progress, too.
When Liverpool were considered one of England’s ‘Big Four’ in the mid-2000’s, both Tottenham and Manchester City were mid-table clubs at best. They are now two of the country’s most powerful sides, both financially and on the pitch, meaning the Premier League now has a ‘Big Six’ that need to fit into just four Champions League slots. That makes things incredibly difficult when you’re a side like Liverpool, who were arguably playing catch-up to begin with.
Elsewhere? Manchester United seem to be rejuvenated under Jose Mourinho; Chelsea haven’t had the strongest start to the season, but they’re still reigning champions and could go on a strong run at any time, and Arsenal always have at least one great push for the top four in them every season. And that isn’t even touching upon upstarts like Watford and Burnley who are threatening the upper echelon this season.
With all this competition around them, Liverpool are going to find it extremely difficult to make the top four this season.