Before the 2018/19 season kicked off, few would have expected the title race to even be a contest worth talking about, let alone there be just one point separating the top two sides with eight games left to play. Last term’s runaway winners, the centurions, Manchester City, were everyone’s favourite to retain the title with similar style and swagger that saw them claim the trophy last time around. However, despite faltering slightly of late, this season’s challengers Liverpool will not go away. They are sure to fight right until the very end, giving every last ounce of effort they can muster.
Of course, what this makes for is a fascinating title race. Whilst we all (or most of us) enjoyed marvelling at the brilliance of City last season, nothing quite matches the nail-biting anticipation of a title race going right down to the wire. Both teams have been exceptional throughout this campaign, that is without question, and whilst Liverpool may have dropped points to deadly rivals in the past few weeks, they are still hot on the coattails of arguably one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen. That fact cannot be twisted or misinterpreted – Jurgen Klopp’s men have been brilliant. They’ve performed like champions.
Champions or not, this season has had a much different feeling about it compared to previous near misses in recent memory. Liverpool are not there simply because they have the best player or the top goalscorer, Liverpool are there because they deserve to be. The defensive transformation has been nothing short of remarkable, and with Virgil van Dijk in charge of the backline they believe they can go anywhere and keep a clean sheet. The hugely criticised midfield, whilst lacking somewhat in guile and creativity, have had to dig in at times, helping to secure draws that otherwise could have been defeats. And then there’s the attack. The red arrows. Misfiring of late maybe, but they still boast the second and fifth top scorers in the division and have been supplemented terrifically by full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Questions of mentality should not be feared; they should be challenged. This Liverpool squad has proved its quality and have already proved so many wrong throughout this campaign – who is to say they cannot continue to do so? After all, eight games to go, with one point in it – this title race is far from over.