Last season was a spectacular ten months of highs and lows for Liverpool Football Club. Following big money defensive recruitments in Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker, expectations were sky high. A club record-breaking 97 points weren’t enough to beat Manchester City to the Premier League but an emphatic comeback in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona saw Liverpool march their way to a sixth European Cup in Madrid.
How could Liverpool top their previous campaign? The answer is clear. While the Champions League is the most sought after trophy in club football, Liverpool FC have their eyes on something bigger. It has been nearly 30 years since the club last achieved league title success and the feeling among the Anfield faithful is that there’s no better time to end that long wait than now. But how is the 2019-20 season currently treating Liverpool Football Club?
Liverpool FC started their season at Wembley, or ‘Anfield South’ as Reds would call it, to face Manchester City in the Community Shield. What is usually considered a gloried friendly perhaps had a bit more bite to it due to how close the two rivals came in the previous season. An entertaining game led to disappointment with Man City claiming a 5-4 victory in a penalty shoot-out. Liverpool dusted themselves off instantly and in a matter of five days kick-started the new Premier League season with a thumping 4-1 win at home to Norwich City. The team then jetted off to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea FC. Goalkeeper Adrian had only just walked through the door when injury to Allison Becker allowed him to make a name for himself thanks to a penalty save which delivered Liverpool’s third Super Cup.
Fast forward to the end of September and things couldn’t look better for LFC. They started the season in winning fashion, picking up an impressive collection of points and walking through to the next round of the League Cup. The only blight, however, was opening their defence of the Champions League trophy with a 2-0 defeat to Napoli. In October, Liverpool were set to face their first defeat of the Premier League season at Old Trafford before a late equalizer from Adam Lallana kept their unbeaten streak rolling. The League Cup fourth round victory against Arsenal will perhaps be a contender for game of the season, only soured by the prospect of the next round’s tie clashing with the Club World Cup in December, a trophy Liverpool will hope to get their hands on for the first time.
Manager Jurgen Klopp knows his team best with the words ‘Mentality Giants’, a motto fast becoming this season’s mantra. Performances have not been spectacular but fighting spirit and determination to capture late wins has saw Liverpool place themselves nicely at the top of the table. The season took a whole new high in November when Manchester City were defeated at Anfield following an emphatic performance from the Reds. The never say die attitude from the team continued at the weekend with a late Roberto Firmino goal against Crystal Palace ensuring that Liverpool maintain a eight-point gap ahead of Leicester City and third-placed Manchester City.