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Liverpool… a REAL Contender?

By | 27th October 2008

Xabi AlonsoYesterday afternoon, Liverpool finally ended Chelsea’s fantastic home record of 86 games without a loss with a superb 1-0 win. It was a deserved triumph for Rafael Benitez’s side achieved without Fernando Torres and the first setback for the reign of Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea. Although the score should’ve been  higher, Liverpool fans will have went home delighted at the way their team has performed so far this season. And so far, the Anfield club are looking like a serious title challenger.

First they beat current champions Manchester United, and add that to this sublime win and the comebacks that they’ve made in between, then Liverpool could be closer to winning the title than they have in 18 years. Liverpool are unbeaten this term, and look like staying that way for a while. But having drawn against Stoke after beating Manchester United this season, Liverpool should guard against complacency. However, nothing but positives should be taken from yesterday’s almost perfect performance. Xabi Alonso’s deflected strike in the tenth minute gave Liverpool the early lead, and from then on Chelsea just couldn’t find any opening in a superb defensive display masterminded by Jamie Carragher. However, going forward they always looked a threat, with Steven Gerrard forcing a great save from Petr Cech and Alonso hitting the post.

Javier Mascherano was offering Liverpool’s defence fierce protection, and an atmosphere of frustration grew around Stamford Bridge. The question is now whether Liverpool can keep the consistency and maintain a challenge on multiple fronts. We’ve seen Liverpool do well in Europe, whilst their domestic form suffered. Will the effect be vice versa? Or will a Champions League run detract the 18 times champions from the title yet again? I can’t wait to find out.

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