Liverpool opinion: Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will exorcise demons from 2014 Chelsea clash
Manchester City have the advantage of having played one less game, but we have been grinding out results without playing at our best.
The Reds aren’t dismantling teams like they did last season, but we have some important wins to show for it.
Tottenham were beaten by a last-minute own goal, however, they cracked under our relentless pressure. The same can be said about the win over Southampton as we trailed the Saints but ended up winning 3-1.
Five games remain, but we face a tricky fixture next. The dreaded home game against Chelsea.
Time to vanquish old memories
That Steven Gerrard moment from 2014 remains long in the memory of most Liverpool fans, and we should have won the title that season.
However, that Liverpool wasn’t as pragmatic or mature as this Liverpool team is. Brendan Rodgers needed one draw and two wins from the last three games to clinch the title, however, the wheels fell off when Demba Ba ran through on goal and scored.
Jurgen Klopp’s team aren’t looking to demolish teams but are trying to pick them off at the right moments.
Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of a great defence, but the work done by the midfielders cannot be ignored either.
Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner might not be the most creative midfield trio, but they ensure the opposition don’t have a lot of control in the game.
Our front three also work their socks off with regards to tracking back, and we have two of the best full-backs in the world that are important to how we play.
A better team than in 2014
Liverpool’s last Premier League title charge was built around Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling outscoring the opposition.
Steven Gerrard did a great job in chipping in with some important goals and unlocking defences but there was always a fear that the team would leak goals.
That team conceded 50 goals in the Premier League alone and was partly the reason why we lost the title. This team under Klopp has the best defence in the Premier League and has one of the best goalkeepers in the world too.
Further, this Chelsea team has struggled this season to understand Maurizio Sarri’s style and we should take advantage of that.
There is the threat of Eden Hazard but the Belgian has been linked with Real Madrid (h/t Sky Sports), and hopefully, his mind is somewhere else on Sunday.
Liverpool still need some help from Crystal Palace or Manchester United or Tottenham to be in the driving seat for the title, but all we can do is win our games.
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This is possibly the best team we have had in the Premier League era, and it is the perfect time to exorcise the demons from 2014.