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Your thoughts on the season to come - Prediction time



Red_Jedi

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I'm still stunned from yesterday's results and a 4 point gap. No concerns yet

It’s pretty amazing to be where we are. Look the real deal. Got some players to come back from injury, others who are on the fringes that do have quality - and that first 11 seems ultra competitive.

Jurgen just needs to keep them hungry and focused. Match by match, but wow it’s so exciting. Dare to dream!
 

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The only way I think we have a chance is if City have a blip and we get out in front by about 5 points. We also probably have to get a result at their place. We definitely can't lose that one.
What do you think now? Given Leicester's win over Chelsea, then after Boxing Day we could be seven points clear if they can do it again. Seven!
Going out on a limb here, but it would then be ours to lose.
 

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If you look at the table then of course it's in our own hands now. The difference this year is the ground work and the building that Klopp has done alongside the way he will manage the squad and keep them grounded. The last time we were in a similar position, Rodgers had landed (inherited) a freak of nature in Suarez and hadn't the know-how to see it through. This time it feels more solid and intentional. We'll have a better idea after we leave the Etihad on 3 Jan.
edit - of course, Man United might have already won it now
 
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Win our next 3 and we are in poll position.

Really think the season will be defined by the Arsenal and City games. Win them both and we really damage Pep and city may then drop more points and focus on the CL. Pep teams haven't been great chasers, they often fall away pts wise toward the end of the season so if they fall 7 points behind and are still thereabouts going into say March I don't think they will fancy it (unlike Ferguson's sides).
 

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I'm normally a strong supporter of the one game at a time outlook, and this season is no different.

But......... given that I've got tickets for St James' park in May, we'll just have a title winning celebration that day please.
Then down to Anfield the following week, probably ticketless for the real celebration.

What could possibly go wrong?
 

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I love this Liverpool side! This is one of the best starts in LFC history, correct?
48 points out of 54 possible in the first 18 games. Only 7 goals allowed through 18. All records, and new ones are yet to be recorded.

Believe in our boys, believe in Klopp! This team has strong spine and spirit.
The way we can now win out tight games as well as shootouts bodes well and Liverpool are legitimate title contenders.

Even the pundits are turning around on our chances.

Of course our front 3 stole the headlines last season, but this year it is the spine, Van Dijk and Alisson that make this team the complete package.

Let's go Liverpool, return to glory, bring another Championship title to Anfield! It's our time!! :celebrating:

YNWA! :well done:
 



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I'm too accustomed to near misses to get too excited, but what I will say is I've never seen a Liverpool side where there's such competition for places. Not only that - high quality players competing for places. Take out Trent and Clyney or Milner will put on a performance. Lose Gomez and Lovren/Matip know they have to raise their game dramatically. Our attacking options are going to increase when Ox comes back. And I think in Fabinho and Keita, we finally have talented box-to-box midfielders up there with the best. If Klopp keeps this up, we should be a force to be reckoned with for years to come, and that's a marked difference from '09 and '14 when it just took a couple of players leaving for the house of cards to fall.
 

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I think it's us versus city. Chelsea will flounder as Roman seems to have lost interest and has moved to Israel, Levy won't spend money because he is paying for the stadium, Mourinho is already sulking and will be gone by Christmas. So that just leaves us, city and maybe Arsenal but they were so awful last year it will be a Lazarus like miracle if they can challenge. I'm off to ladbrokes to stick a few quid on each way on both.
I know its naff to quote your own post but "Mourinho is already sulking and will be gone by Christmas". You heard it here first.
 

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As all the papers are gleefully saying, we are the only team in the last nine years who have been top at christmas but failed to win it. Lets not get carried away. That said if City lose away at Leicester I am sticking a lot of money on us to win.
 



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Ok we are in a great position. I personally think it's great that it's a three horse race with us a good number of points ahead. Would love City to dip a little bit back as us in a race with Spurs is much more ideal than a race with City. I think it also makes City play less than they can knowing they will find it difficult just holding onto second.

This season has a very, very long way to go though. It's fair to say this is City's lull. They had one last year and pretty much every team had one every season. This is theirs. But I don't think we've had ours yet either. Traditionally we have been poor In Jan/ early Feb so this is the period Im particularly interested to see how we go. What's happened in previous seasons doesn't mean this season is going to be the same, but bad Jans happen regularly enough to us that it's a period I'll be watching out for to see that we can get through unscathed.

Very happy to see Spurs jump ahead. Great news for us!
 
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What do you think now? Given Leicester's win over Chelsea, then after Boxing Day we could be seven points clear if they can do it again. Seven!
Going out on a limb here, but it would then be ours to lose.
I still think that we are massive underdogs but we are certainly making it interesting. The next two games against Arsenal and City are huge. If we get two wins, we will have huge momentum and I will start to get a bit more confident. But lets not forget that we have not won the league in 28 years. There will be far more pressure on us than City near the end. We need this lead to have a chance.
 

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Interesting weekend ahead.
With the staggered kick off times, Spurs may have narrowed the gap to 3 points before we play Arsenal.

But, we may have extended the gap between us and City to 10 points before they play Southampton.
 



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I still think that we are massive underdogs but we are certainly making it interesting. The next two games against Arsenal and City are huge. If we get two wins, we will have huge momentum and I will start to get a bit more confident. But lets not forget that we have not won the league in 28 years. There will be far more pressure on us than City near the end. We need this lead to have a chance.
Massive underdogs is a going a bit overboard. As for the pressure bollocks towards end of season Leicester showed you make your own pressure.
 

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I still think that we are massive underdogs but we are certainly making it interesting. The next two games against Arsenal and City are huge. If we get two wins, we will have huge momentum and I will start to get a bit more confident. But lets not forget that we have not won the league in 28 years. There will be far more pressure on us than City near the end. We need this lead to have a chance.
"Massive underdogs"? I don't think so. Leicester were certainly "massive" underdogs who came out of nowhere and achieved the seemingly impossible. We are last season's Champions League finalists and are nobody's underdogs. But you're right to be cautious and I'm sure Klopp will guard against complacency if we're still 6 points clear at the start of April. Of course the next two games are critical and after that there's a run of five games before we go to Old Toilet against teams all currently below Utd. So by the time we play them we could be more than six points clear. Or not. Of course I'm assuming that we keep on winning, but if we are to win the league then that's what we'll have to do. Like Klopp said, it's going to take 105 points, at least.
 

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People are making a lot out of the stat about the times we were ahead at Christmas and failed to win it. The difference this time is Klopp. The last time, as i have probably mentioned before, was BR who found himself beamed from another universe into Anfield and was handed Luis Suarez banging in goals, and didn't really know what was going on until he turned up at Parkhead sometime later. Klopp has done this before as the underdog, twice.
 



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We have strengthened almost everywhere we needed to strengthen. Only place I think we could still do with extra help is another no.10 to replace Coutinho and maybe at the full back position, LB especially as I have no confidence in Moreno. I think our first choice is great though. I also think that if Clynne comes back to be the player he was pre-injury, our defense will be one of the best in the league. That is still a big unknown though. I remember Martin Kelly's first season for us and what that injury did to him.

I definitely give us a chance of winning the title and I think we should at least challenge for it. But, whether we go all the way or not depends upon luck with injuries and to some extent, what the other big teams do. If United blow a big wad of cash, they are going to be dangerous this season. City are also obviously a threat. Then, we have the other unknowns - will Salah be back to his best or does he need a rest after playing through his injury in the world cup? The Kloppening is in full flow now and my prediction for this season is 2nd place (I don't want to jinx us!) :celebrating:
As long as it isn't 30 years again grandad used to tell me
 

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"Massive underdogs"? I don't think so. Leicester were certainly "massive" underdogs who came out of nowhere and achieved the seemingly impossible. We are last season's Champions League finalists and are nobody's underdogs. But you're right to be cautious and I'm sure Klopp will guard against complacency if we're still 6 points clear at the start of April. Of course the next two games are critical and after that there's a run of five games before we go to Old Toilet against teams all currently below Utd. So by the time we play them we could be more than six points clear. Or not. Of course I'm assuming that we keep on winning, but if we are to win the league then that's what we'll have to do. Like Klopp said, it's going to take 105 points, at least.
He was being sarcastic when he said 105 points. lol But like I said, if we win the next two or even get a win and a draw, I'll start to get a bit more confident. Huge hurdle coming up.
 

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Massive underdogs is a going a bit overboard. As for the pressure bollocks towards end of season Leicester showed you make your own pressure.
Leicester were not really in a situation comparable to ours though. They won with 81 points. 81 points! And they had the yips a bit toward the end with a number of draws. 81 points won't even come close to getting us over the line this season. Even if we do really well in our next two and actually do well enough to lead throughout the second half of the season, the pressure getting to us will be inevitable the closer we get to the final game. If we also have the yips toward the end of the season like Leicester, will it still be enough?

Getting way ahead of myself though. Will be happy to navigate the next two games, then the next month, then see where we are. Really would love City to fall off a cliff and we can fight it out with a club with a bigger monkey on their back than us.
 

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And that's with Spurs beating us. If were to win all of our remaining games we'd finish on 108 with Spurs on 99 and City 98 at the most. I suppose that's unlikely though, isn't it? Not impossible though.
I'm pretty sure if Spurs gets 99 and we don't lose, City can only get 95. They'd have to lose to Spurs.

It's all a relatively absurd hypothetical, but still.