Written by Daniel
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PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21
The champions Liverpool had an average season with mixed emotions so far. Brilliant wins at Stamford Bridge and Selhurst Park were followed by frustrating and mediocre games in most of the away grounds. At Anfield, it was a different Liverpool altogether as they blitzed past most opponents. However, injuries to Van Dijk and Thiago were a crucial blow that disrupted their momentum. As such, it raised doubts over their standing as the favorites to the English title. But new signings and academy prospects boosted Liverpool to an exciting new level enabling them to top the English Premier League rankings.
Away ground Mediocrity
Liverpool’s form in their travels dipped a level from their usually optimum standards. The attack lost its ruthless streak. The front three were far from their best, missing several easy opportunities in front of goal. The new promising tandem of Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams admiringly did their best, calming any nerves among the Liverpool fanbase. Fabinho looked composed in defense alongside them. However, the inexperienced defense could not hold on to leads, ultimately proving decisive in most matches. The long lost rock-solid defensive partnership of Van Dijk and Gomez was sorely missed.
The standards set at Fortress Anfield were in a record-setting fashion in the previous campaign as they took wins in 18 of their 19 games. The unenviable trend continued in the current campaign, and this matched Liverpool’s glorious past in which they were invincible at Anfield for almost a decade. Some of the wins like the ones against Leeds, Leicester, Wolves, and Spurs will certainly be remembered long for the attacking masterclasses and epic finishes. Salah was in his peak 17-18 form, Jota and Mane produced in crunch moments, and Firmino came clutch in dying moments of games to save Liverpool.
Unforeseen injuries are part and parcel of any game. However, injuries to key cornerstones will almost certainly jolt every well-laid masterplans. Liverpool had to overcome one such nightmare in the opening months of the season. The gut-wrenching injuries to Van Dijk and Thiago could have derailed Liverpool, but they displayed their inner mental fortitude instilled by Manager Klopp and captain Henderson. The title ‘Mentality Giants’ is seemingly coming true whenever they face outward challenges. The character of the champions was put on the test. However, the squad has come out strong in overcoming them.
New signings Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara have put their imprint on the Liverpool game plan. The wolves star was brought in as a backup to the front three but have gone on stunningly to stay par with the ever-present front-three. The multi-faceted Thiago has added another dimension to the Liverpool midfield as promised. The Academy starlets like Jones, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams, and Nathaniel Phillips came to the fore in a timely fashion producing quality moments. If we can judge from these moments, the future of Liverpool is bright. The champions looked doomed initially without their talisman Van Dijk but have stayed at the top of the English game so far. Thiago has come back from injury in a crucial part of the season. The front three is hitting form. Moreover, in the coming months, the prospective return of Van Dijk and Jota will strengthen Liverpool.