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April 28, 1990 was the last time Liverpool Football Club were champions of England. There have been so many highlights in between; like the epic Champions League fight against AC Milan back in 2005. There was also the cup treble in 2001. Despite this the red half of Merseyside has not lifted the one trophy they want the most. In that time Manchester United built a dynasty with Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsenal had the Invincibles, Chelsea established their dominance of London and Europe and presently Manchester City are threatening to turn the top flight into their personal playground with Pep Guardiola pulling the strings in the dugout.
Liverpool have come so close in the recent seasons to ending the drought but something feels a little different this year. Granted we have only played 9 games so far but Klopp seems to be hitting all the right notes. The turbo charged attacking style of play has won admirers country wide. Liverpool’s nine league goals from open play at Anfield this season have been scored by Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana or Mane. Their team is dynamic and disciplined and Anfield is becoming a fortress again. When Manchester United came to town, Mourinho had to resort to parking the bus level 100 to get a single point because Liverpool have scored 75 Premier League goals since Jurgen Klopp’s first game; which is more than any other team in the league.
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Liverpool have been here before so you can understand why Klopp is preaching caution and is trying to downplay expectations. He knows his team is not perfect as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games and the squad is not as deep as he would like. Yet the facts in their favour are stacking up. With their gegenpressing style, opponents are harassed into submission and all of the forced errors that ensue are being gobbled up by his eager players. Klopp has also energized the fan base after the false start of the Brendan Rodgers era.
The race for the top spot has never been more hotly contested and whoever wins will be the most deserving champion in years. Right now the Reds are setting the pace and everyone in the league better pay attention.