Liverpool’s chances of winning the league
Liverpool Fc is one of England’s most successful clubs having won a collection of trophies including 18 League Titles and 6 European Cups since the club was first founded in 1892.
As well as a very impressive trophy cabinet, Liverpool FC is famous for providing fans and spectators with entertaining attacking football and has one of the most passionate fan-bases in all of sport.
The 1960s can be considered as the era where Liverpool truly began to rise from the ground upwards.
Bill Shankly commenced his title as manager of the club and it didn’t take long for supporters to appreciate his approach and his work.
After 7 long, hard working years, Liverpool earned promotion to the First Division in 1964. Just a couple of months later the club introduced their first fully red kit with Shankly symbolising the colour as a meaning of power and danger.
It only took The Reds 2 years of being in the First Division to win their first title under the leadership of Bill Shankly.
Liverpool Football Club entered their first European Cup competition in 1964, reaching the semi-finals against Inter Milan who eventually went on to beat Benfica on home turf.
Liverpool reached their first European final in 1966 with the Cup Winners’ Cup but suffered an extra-time defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
The BBC’s popular highlights programme Match of the Day broadcasted their first show in 1964 with Liverpool beating Arsenal 3-2 at home. Anfield was again chosen as the venue five years later for the programme’s first broadcast in colour format – Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0!
It’s this timeframe that without a doubt marks the club’s most successful period ever. Drifting into the 1970s, Bill Shankly’s love of the sport and his confident approach brought a fresh bit of life to the club.
Liverpool’s first taste of European success came in 1973 with a victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Cup. Shankly’s resignation a year later was a big shock and left sadness but ushered in the Bob Paisley era where success came in many forms.
Paisley is seen as one of the country’s most successful football managers having achieved 6 League Titles, 3 European Cups and 9 domestic trophies.
Paisley recognised the beginning of Liverpool’s dominance in England and Europe and was the only manager to win 3 European Cups with a single team, until Real Madrid’s success in recent years.
Joe Fagan took over from Paisley in 1983 and while his reign was a short one, he won the treble in his first year and is considered by many to be an underrated legend in the club’s history.
In 1985, Sir Kenny Dalglish took his legend status to a whole new level by becoming one of the game’s first player managers. Nicknamed ‘The King’ by the Anfield.
Dalglish pushed the team to further success including their 18th League Title. Leading to his shocking and random resignation in the early 90s, Liverpool’s reign as the dominant team in England began to slip slowly and slowly.
Liverpool are now looking to launch themselves to the top of the Premier League in 2021-22 after failing as defending champions last season.
However, Liverpool stayed composed and focused and actually led the table going into 2021.Then things very slowly unravelled. By March, they were 8th, losing 8 out of 12 matches including 6 consecutive league games at Anfield.
All ended well for Liverpool though, as they picked up their rusty form and ultimately finished 3rd after 5 successive wins.
The biggest problem for Liverpool last season was their defence, mainly with injuries, as they had to use more than 20 different centre-back partnerships over all competitions.
Liverpool have also said goodbye to midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum alongside a number of squad players, but their team remains in a good position.
We spoke about Liverpool’s main problem last season being their slightly off form defence and it might have just been their only problem, alongside the form of Sadio Mane.
But Mane will come good again and, alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, still form one of the most vicious attacks in the Premier League and across Europe!
Despite finishing 17 points behind the winners, Manchester City, Liverpool are more than fancied to be one of their closest challengers among all of the bookmakers for the 2021-22 season.
With the defence now fixed and the attack better than it was, Liverpool can most definitely go all the way against City for the title.
Since arriving from Roma in the summer of 2017, Mohamed Salah has scored an amazing 95 Premier League goals for Liverpool.
The Egyptian has hit the net over 20 times in three of his four seasons at Anfield, while he lost out to Harry Kane by a single goal in last year’s golden boot race. Salah is second-favourite behind Kane to finish as top scorer in 2021-22, at 4/1 with SkyBet.
Back in Europe’s premier club competition for a fifth straight season, Liverpool have reached two finals in that time, lifting the trophy in 2019.
Liverpool will have been disappointed not to progress beyond the quarter-finals since.
With the return of their fans on a full-time basis we can soon expect to enjoy those iconic European nights at Anfield.