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Are Liverpool cracking under the title pressure?

05 February 2019 | Premier League | Articles
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Are Liverpool cracking under the title pressure?
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On Monday night, Premier League leaders Liverpool drew 1-1 with West Ham to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points over reigning champions Manchester City. Despite the point, there seems to be a feeling of deflation about the Reds.

After seemingly relentless form, Jurgen Klopp’s side has now drawn their last two Premier League games against mid-table teams. The leaders have not been at their energetic best, with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Saleh uncharacteristically quiet in the draws.

The third part of the Reds dynamic front three Sadio Mane has scored in both the recent draws but he has not looked as dangerous as he did at the start of the campaign. The theory that if the front three are kept quiet then Liverpool have little else is starting to look valid.

Liverpool simply ran out of ideas against the Hammers, much to the frustration of boss Jurgen Klopp and the clubs fans.

It would not be a massive surprise to see Liverpool let a big lead at the top of the table slip through their fingers. They have a history of losing title race when out in front, with the most recent back in 2014, when the Reds throw away a four-point lead with three games to go.

However, Liverpool have seemed like a stronger team this season than their 2014 counterparts. They have been strong in defence and attack until recently. The next few weeks of the campaign will be a massive test of the Reds resolve.

They were always going to go through a sticky period in the campaign and let us not forget that Liverpool have only drawn two games, it is not as if they have suffered two defeats.

What the draws have done is give reigning champions Manchester City the chance to go top of the table when they visit Liverpool’s neighbours Everton on Wednesday night. It will then be down to the Merseysiders to respond and show if they really have the mental strength to become champions.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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WolverhamptonArsenal
24/04/2019 19:45
2
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Manchester UnitedManchester City
24/04/2019 20:00
2
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Manchester CityTottenham
20/04/2019 12:30
1
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BournemouthFulham
20/04/2019 15:00
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England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 88 35 27 7 1 79 20 59
2. Manchester City 86 34 28 2 4 87 22 65
3. Tottenham 70 35 23 1 11 65 35 30
4. Chelsea 67 35 20 7 8 59 38 21
5. Arsenal 66 34 20 6 8 68 43 25
6. Manchester United 64 34 19 7 8 63 48 15
7. Watford 50 35 14 8 13 50 50 0
8. Everton 49 35 14 7 14 50 44 6
9. Leicester City 48 35 14 6 15 48 47 1
10. Wolverhampton 48 34 13 9 12 41 42 -1
11. West Ham 43 35 12 7 16 44 54 -10
12. Crystal Palace 42 35 12 6 17 43 48 -5
13. Newcastle United 41 35 11 8 16 35 44 -9
14. Bournemouth 41 35 12 5 18 49 62 -13
15. Burnley 40 35 11 7 17 44 62 -18
16. Southampton 37 35 9 10 16 41 58 -17
17. Brighton 34 35 9 7 19 32 54 -22
18. Cardiff City 31 35 9 4 22 30 65 -35
19. Fulham 23 35 6 5 24 33 76 -43
20. Huddersfield 14 35 3 5 27 20 69 -49

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