Premier League 18-19: 5 reasons why Liverpool’s season will be a success irrespective of what happens in May
As the closest title race in quite a few seasons enters the final third, the inevitable narrative around Liverpool FC is becoming increasingly vociferous - whether the generation & a half wait for a league title will culminate in glory or will Liverpool ‘bottle it up’ again.
Managers and fans of rival clubs, ex-players, journalists have all been reminding everyone how this Liverpool squad, unlike City’s has almost no experience to handle pressure of tight run-ins; that how the manager is more used to finish 2nd than 1st, and that how twice over the last decade they came tantalizingly close but couldn’t finish the job. Steven Gerrard’s slip in 2014 and Rafa Benitez’s ‘facts’ press conference in 2009 will probably be mentioned countless times.
Rivals will eagerly await for a similarly symbolic event to happen in the next few months, which can then provide a definitive meme for Liverpool’s glorious ‘failure’ in 18-19, in case they fail to land the title come May.
But will not winning the title be tantamount to a failed season for Liverpool? While no one can predict with full certainty as to what Liverpool’s final league position will be, it can be argued that Liverpool’s season won’t be a failure irrespective of whatever happens from now till the end of the season.
Here are 5 reasons why:-
#1. Mo Salah proved he is no ‘one season wonder’
Despite Mo Salah’s heroics last season in the Champions League and especially the Premier league – where he went on to make a new record for most goals scored in a 38 game season - sceptics weren’t silenced. ‘One good season can be a fluke. Can he do it again?’ was the question asked the most. Some even hinted that he was being handed all the awards he won, because of the need to appease a section of people.
Granted he had an exceptional season, maybe one he will never better, but this season he has done enough already to prove that he is no ‘one season wonder’. He is currently the joint top goal scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals and is in top 7 on the list of most assist providers.
He may not win the Golden Boot this time, but will in all likelihood finish in the top 3 goal scorers. In Mo Salah, Liverpool have a world class player and with him agreeing to extend his contract till 2023, it is likely that he’ll end up helping Liverpool challenge for the title over the next few years.