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Liverpool Are Champions Again

Liverpool Are Champions Again

Once again, Liverpool have won the Premier League title. It's no major surprise: they do that every August. They are the best team in England every summer and this one is no different.

The BBC, the Telegraph and the Guardian already declared Liverpool as champions, thus giving them their 10th Pre-Season Champions Title. Or about 10th, I'm not too sure, there have been so many summers since their last title success...

The reasoning? As you would expect from quality papers, it is sound. Almost. Take the Guardian when Andy Hunter writes that 'still the prediction is that this could be Liverpool`s year' because "It is United, not Liverpool, who have lost more to the continued lure of Real Madrid." Got that? Hunter admits Liverpool's squad depth is still a concern and that Aquilani needs to overcome his injury problems. But still, they're going to win the league because Alonso is no great loss, compared to Ronaldo.

Strange reasoning but we've got better. The BBC and Phil McNulty. Well of course you would expect nothing but drooling over Liverpool from the Beeb and they do not disappoint.

'Liverpool's title hopes rest on manager Rafael Benitez refusing to become distracted by Manchester United, as he did so pointlessly last season, and on the well-being of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

If this world-class pair stay fit and play in the manner that propelled Liverpool so beautifully through the last three months of last season, then all the optimism and expectation is justified, despite a stuttering pre-season.'

OK, so let's see: we have a player (Fernando Torres) who's regularly struggling with hamstring problems. Hamstring (and all kind of muscle strains) reacts to overexertion more than anything else: the more the player in question plays, the more likely his problems will flare up. Torres has no quality backup and as we heard Liverpool's title chances rest on him playing all the time anyway. But if he plays all the time he's almost certain to pick up injuries because he's that type of player.

But OK, move on, let's assume that both Torres and Aquilani stays fit for the entire season (otherwise they'll have to make do with Ngog and Lucas). The best is the Telegraph, though, and their writer Rob Kelly.

'Benitez has improved his already formidable defence with the signing of Glen Johnson, and if he replaces Alonso with the exciting Alberto Aquilani and then uses the rest of his transfer budget to sign a striker and/or an out-and-out winger, then I believe Liverpool will win the Premier League by five or six points.'

He did sign Aquilani who, I repeat, is a very injury-prone player. IF he signs a striker... but he shows no signs of wanting to purchase anyone else. But even if he does... shall we recite the names of some of the out-and-out strikers and wingers he had bought? Mark Gonzalez, Jermaine Pennant, Craig Bellamy, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel... yeah, you get the idea. Do Liverpool have the money to sign a David Silva? Unlikely. Did Benitez's budget solutions for attacking positions ever work? No.

'United simply do not look the force that Liverpool do, no matter how much Ferguson tries to talk himself, and anyone who`ll listen, into it.'

That's it: no justification, no argument, nothing, just stating that we do not look like a force like Liverpool do. Because they have replaced a solid, reliable, creative player with an injury-prone, unreliable, creative player and because they replaced a right-back with a right-back. And of course there's no way we're gonna score 68 league goals without Ronaldo just as we were never going to score goals without Van Nistelrooy.

I'm afraid I'm with Fergie on this one: last season we weren't at our best, Chelsea were managed by a man who wasn't good enough for the job, Liverpool enjoyed some astonishing luck (all those games won in the last minute, all those games when a sending off helped them turn it around), they had a brilliant year, their best ever in the Premier League and it still wasn't good enough. They did not improve in the summer but got weaker - it would be a major surprise if they won the league. They can do it: if both United and Chelsea mess up royally.

I still think we'll finish as runners-up but behind Chelsea. Why? Simply: because it's hideously difficult to sustain the kind of success we enjoyed in the last few years. Some of the hunger, the eagerness goes away and fatigue takes over. That's why I believe Chelsea, under a new, experienced manager, will win it now: it will be a last hurrah for their aging players, just as 2006/07 was the last really great season for Scholes and Giggs even though they contributed significantly to the next two as well. But Liverpool winning it? Very unlikely. Especially as they are viewed as the favourites while United are written off: familiar and much-loved territory for us.

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Date:Tuesday August 11 2009
Time: 7:50PM


Oh, bless. Someone's sad because someone said they don't think Man Utd have a divine right to win everything.
11/08/2009 20:14:00
beware - Liverpool have now signed the last piece of the jigsaw (again)
11/08/2009 20:39:00
Whats funny is that they finished 4 points behind us by BEATING us and chelsea 4 times. If we had managed to draw those two games the difference would have been 10 points, 16 if we had won! I know they are looking at last season and thinking if only we can beat stoke and friends we'll win the league, but they are having a laugh if they honestly believe their rivals will be repeating the kind of performances that gave them a 12-point boost into second this year.
12/08/2009 11:21:00
To tell u the truth,I just feel apart from arsenal,all the other big teams r pretty much on the same level.For liverpool to win the title again a lot will depend on the gerrard-torres partnership.Their new signings too will have to adapt as quickly as possible and if Mr.Benitez does a bit of rotation then it should work in our favour as they just don't have a good enough players in their squad who can step in and change the game.
Antriksh (abmtd)
12/08/2009 14:32:00
We too will have to hope that all our players step up especially our strikers.Then Nani,Anderson who have undoubted potential will have to raise their games,atleast Nani has given us hope through his performance against chelsea and our defenders who I taught were the real stars of last season,if they can just maintain their form I would be more than happy.The most important thing is self believe,whether they believe they can do it or whether they are just too happy to pass on the responsibilities.One good thing that has happened through ronaldo's sale is that now every player has to prove his worth in some way or the other
Antriksh (abmtd)
12/08/2009 14:50:00
Arsenal if they buy some experience,then anything can happen otherwise they can even drop out of the top 4,they were pretty lucky last year that aston villa did not have a big enough squad but this year with man city who I must say have brought in players that are used to the premier league so atleast they won't have that problem where their players will take to get used to the league and if Mr.Hughes can add that tuffness about city like he did with blackburn then I feel an upset could be on the cards.My only problem is how can he keep all those star players happy,surely not all of them can make the first eleven?
Antriksh (abmtd)
12/08/2009 15:00:00
Chelsea-The biggest problem lies within the club and thats Mr.Abramovich,the guy just doesn't have any patience.Ofcourse without his money they wouldn't be where they are but thats not the point.If he can keep out of football matters and let the manager decide what he has to do then surely chelsea will be there fighting with the rest because on paper chelsea have a good squad,a very good manager but wasn't the same thing said about the previous one as well? but anyway lets see,this should be the closest of all title races.My bet is ofcourse on Utd winning the title but I wouldn't be surprised if we don't.Its just one of those seasons in which anything can happen.Let the season begin.
Antriksh (abmtd)
12/08/2009 15:15:00
I don't think you guys should be worried about Liverpool this season. There squad, like yours, has been weakened in the transfer window. But it'll be Chelsea Arsenal and Manchester City who'll push yopu back to a fourth place next season.
12/08/2009 16:13:00
Dream on Sinbad. Dream on. All the squads out of the top 4 have been weakened one way or another. I think Ancelotti will do well against the big clubs for Chelski but struggle away at places like Blackburn or Stoke. Scousers have lost Alonso, who judging by what their fans said last year was the "best midfielder" ever to play football so they're weak. L'arse well enough said, their best centre half has gone and they'll fight over 3rd/4th with Scousers, Cit-eh, Spurs, Everton and maybe Villa. If we're top or within 5 points from the top at Christmas we'll win the league.
12/08/2009 20:01:00
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