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The Big Question: Is this Liverpool’s year?

by Josh Powell | September 3, 2013
OH DANNY BOY: Sturridge has three goals in three games. Luis who?

OH DANNY BOY: Sturridge has three goals in three games. Luis who?

By Josh Powell | The Big Question

Three wins. Three clean sheets. Top of the league. For once the hysteria coming from the red corners of Merseyside might not be as unfounded as usual. Liverpool’s success against Manchester United saw their price for a first league title since 1990 cut from 28/1 to 12/1, and there is more optimism being passed around than cocaine at Pete Doherty’s birthday bash.

The last time they won their opening three league games it was 1994. Wet Wet Wet were top of the charts, Knightmare was still on the TV and kids across the country were counting down the days to Christmas when the original Playstation was to be released.

The 1-0 win over United at Anfield last week was hardly a classic, but Liverpool fans won’t care. It’s never going to light up a highlight reel but the victory was hugely significant for Brendan Rodgers and his team. In particular, striker Daniel Sturridge.

  • The front man has scored three goals from ten attempts in the league this season
  • That strike rate of 30 per cent goes up to 38 per cent, when you include his two goals from three shots in the Carling Cup victory over Notts County
  • Since Luis Suarez received his ban, Sturridge has racked up eight goals in just seven Premier League games

But it’s not just up top were Liverpool have been particularly impressive. They have kept three clean sheets on the bounce and are the only team in the top flight yet to concede a goal this season.

  • Simon Mignolet has made 13 saves this season including Jonathan Walters’ penalty in the opening league game against Stoke
  • Liverpool have conceded just three goals in their last 15 hours of top flight football

The Reds are now 12/1 to lift the title and, it isn’t unrealistic to see them at the top of the table for a little while longer thanks to the man in charge of the fixture list.

  • Chelsea face Everton and Tottenham away from home before the start of October and United and City go head to head in the Manchester Derby
  • Meanwhile Liverpool have four very winnable games against Swansea and Sunderland away and Southampton and Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Liverpool fans in the last decade have got more laughs than at the Edinburgh Festival by claiming that ‘This is our year’ each September. But this time, could things be different? Wholeheartedly agree, or is this another knee-jerk reaction? Vent your anger below or to @paddypower.

You can back Liverpool for the title here, and if you’re thinking of betting on them through the season, it’s probably wise to give this a quick look

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