Liverpool FC: Are they in the best possible situation at the moment?
- Liverpool FC are in a sweet spot at the moment
The Reds are out of contention for this season's FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Molineux Stadium on the 7th of January, 2019.
Earlier in September last year, Liverpool FC suffered an early exit from the third round of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Chelsea FC and coincidentally, they lost that match 2-1 as well.
The only competitions left for the Reds to look forward to in the current season are the Premier League and the Champions League. Liverpool FC happens to lead the Premier League by a margin of four points to second-placed Manchester City, and they also happen to host Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League RO16 on the 20th of February later this year.
They might miss Virgil Van Dijk in the clash with the Bavarians due to suspension, but they still have a huge gap of 10 days to prepare for it. Had they still been in contention for either the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup, they would never have had the luxury of 10 whole days to prepare for Niko Kovac's side.
They were already being considered favorites to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. Due to a certain fortuitous turn of events, now they have an even greater chance of doing so.
As far as the Premier League is concerned, the strongest team that they'll face any time soon is Manchester United and that fixture too is on the 24th of February, 2019. In the meantime, Manchester City faces two titanic clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea on the 3rd and 10th of February respectively.
If City drops any points in these two matches, Liverpool can easily extend their lead on top of the table and tighten their grip on a trophy that has evaded them since 1990.
In a nutshell, Liverpool FC are in a sweet spot at the moment and shall continue to be for the next six weeks or so. This is a make or break period for them. If they use it wisely, they will reap the fruits of their labor later on when the current season enters its climax.
It's all down to Jurgen Klopp. Seldom does the manager of a top football club gets such a huge opportunity to shine. He would be ill-advised to waste it.Published 08 Jan 2019, 19:32 IST