English Premiership

Why Liverpool will win the EPL title

2014-08-14 14:21
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Cape Town - There is much hype around who will be the next team to be crowned EPL champions. Here's why it will be Liverpool this season.

Some people believe Liverpool don't stand a chance at the title this season. Some people believe Liverpool over-achieved last time around, and the fact that they came so close to getting their hands on that elusive trophy was by sheer miracle. Some people can believe whatever they like, we're Liverpool Football Club and we know all about miracles (just ask us about Istanbul). Our title dreams are far from over...

Yes, we may have lost one of the best strikers in the world in the form of Luis Suarez, and yes, we haven't managed to sign another world-class striker to replace him but the assets the club possess are still enough to win bragging rights to the one and only prize us Reds fans have been so desperately waiting for for the past 24 years.

Our problem last season wasn't down to our inability to score goals or create chances up front, our problem last season was down to our failure to defend our own goal adequately.

Defensive mishaps and frailties were where we fell short.

With the signings of Dejan Lovren and Albero Moreno, Brenden Rodgers has strengthened our back four tremendously, a step that already puts us one up over last season's team. Other new signings Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic will bring exciting quality across the midfield and wings.

Despite the loss of Suarez, I still believe Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling have what it takes to be a driving force going forward. Their partnership up front is solid and their ability to create and finish goals is as good as it comes.

In one of the richest leagues in the world with the best players in the world, it's difficult to stand out as a quality side when you're surrounded by other quality sides. So what is it that's going to set us aside from the rest of teams this season?

What is it that makes us favourites to win the league above the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea for example? My opinion? It comes down to motivation and whoever wants to win it the most, and nobody wants to win that title more than Liverpool.

Last season's agony of coming so close to seeing Liverpool's name carved on that trophy will surely spur the players on that much further. They've had a taste of what it feels like to be right up there in the title race and this time around there's added motivation to go all the way.

There's also an added expectancy from the fans now and there's no doubt in my mind that those crazy Scousers will go out of their way to get behind their team even more than usual this coming season. We all know how daunting Anfield is, and how much of an advantage home games can be.

With Captain Fantastic getting on in age, this might very well be Steven Gerrard's last realistic chance at winning the one trophy that has eluded him since he first began his Liverpool career as a cheeky teenager. Nobody wants that title more than he does, and nobody deserves it more than he does.

With quality players, team spirit and motivation to win at its highest, the best supporters in the world and a fortress for a home ground, Liverpool are set for success.

I'm biased of course but if Liverpool fans aren't widely optimistic and overly ambitious about the future and our title chances, how on earth are we to expect the players to be?

Some may say I'm a dreamer, but according to The Beatles and the rest of Liverpool, I'm not the only one... Bring on the EPL, we're ready!


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