While much attention at the start of the Premier League season has been on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, Liverpool have been happily going about their business.
After a somewhat disappointing campaign last season in their failed defence of the Premier League crown, the Reds are back to full strength and look ready to mount a serious title challenge this term.
Reds Over Injury Woes
A well-documented reason the Reds struggled to keep pace with eventual champions Man City last season was the host of injuries the Anfield outfit suffered. Liverpool, who are among the favourites to win the title this season in the English Premier League odds, missed centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the majority of the campaign. With the pair now back to full fitness, the Liverpool defence is back to the form that helped them win their maiden Premier League title in 2020.
After the first eight games of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side were the only team in the league to have not tasted defeat. Those who have backed or are considering backing the Reds for the title will take note of an impressive defensive record. Five clean sheets in those first eight games have seen the Liverpool defence return to its former glory. Many suggest that defences win titles, and if that’s the case, then Klopp’s side should certainly be in the mix come the business end of the campaign.
Salah Could Prove the Difference
If the PFA Player of The Year award was to be announced early, there would be few to argue Mohamed Salah is the man who should claim the prize. The Egyptian scored seven goals in his first eight league games, and one of those efforts might have already earned him goal of the season. A solo effort in the hard-fought 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield will go down as one of the greatest goals in Premier League history. Beating a host of international defenders, in a game of that magnitude, with what looked like such ease, just shows the level Salah is playing at the moment.
While Salah has deservedly been grabbing the headlines, and will be worth considering in the top goalscorer betting markets, the Reds also boast a depth of scoring talent. Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota have been regular starters alongside Salah this season, and both have been chipping in with goals. Mane scored five times in the first eight games, while Jota has found the back of the net on three occasions in his first seven outings. Factor Roberto Firmino into the mix, with the Brazilian coming in to bag a hat-trick against Watford in the absence of Jota, then Liverpool are looking extremely strong up front.
With a solid defence and a thrilling attack, it’s easy to see why many will be backing Liverpool for the title this season at an attractive price.