By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 6th February 2019
Doubters are once again everywhere after Liverpool dropped points for the second successive Premier League game when drawing 1-1 with West Ham at the London Stadium.
The William Hill traders have even gone so far as to ease Jurgen Klopp’s men out to 11/10 in the outright betting, with Manchester City usurping them as 4/5 title favourites.
However, this looks to be distinct overreaction, as our five reasons for the Anfield outfit to remain confident in the wake of recent setbacks should spell out.
Winning the Premier League title remains in their hands
City may well take temporary top-spot tenancy by virtue of goal difference if they get the better of Everton on Wednesday, however in doing so they’ll have played a game more than Liverpool.
If Guardiola’s side win, the Reds can regain the loftiest of perches on Saturday, after which the Manchester outfit must beat Chelsea on Sunday to evict them once again.
Simply put, the YNWA brigade will win the title if they win all their remaining games and while that’s probably not going to happen, its unlikely City will manage a feat of such relentlessness either.
Leicester and West Ham have been tripping up big sides all season
Failing to best the Foxes or the Irons might seem to support the school of thought that Liverpool have lost a modicum of the attacking verve that’s become their hallmark in recent weeks.
However, both sides have been serving it up to the big six this term, with Leicester already turning over City and Chelsea, while Arsenal, Manchester United and the Stamford Bridge side mustered a combined one goal and a single point from their trips to the London Stadium.
Suddenly Klopp’s side’s results against them, achieved in the midst of a troublesome rash of injuries, don’t seem so bad after all.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return is imminent
James Milner has deputised manfully in the absence of Alexander Arnold (manfully with man flu last night) for all he has struggled one-on-one with the league’s more deceptive dribblers.
However, the return of TAA, which could very well be this weekend, is still a huge bonus, doubly so as it will mean that Milner is once again available in the midfield role where he’s been so effective.
Five of their next six fixtures look very winnable
Only a resurgent Manchester United really ought to trouble Liverpool across their next six games, which see Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley visit Anfield.
Road trips to Everton and Fulham should be profitable too, offering them every chance of regaining title-winning momentum.
City’s February is far busier
Having exited both domestic cups, Liverpool play two games less than the Etihad club between now and the end of the month.
Guardiola’s side are still fighting on all four fronts and at least one of their ‘extra’ games is an outing they can’t take lightly, a Wembley clash with Chelsea in the EFL Cup Final.
At such a crucial stage of the campaign, the Anfield outfit’s lighter workload looks a blessing.