Regular listeners to the PS Football Podcast will know that Liverpool fan and panelist Danny Ward has been put through the ringer a few times already this season. Big wins in Europe and a thumping of Arsenal were tempered by heavy defeats to Man City and Spurs but the competitive nature of the Premier League has meant that the top four is still very possible for the Merseyside club.
Just four points separate seventh place Burnley (19pts) and second place Manchester United (23pts). Liverpool are in fifth, level on points with Burnley but ahead on goal difference and with the return to fitness and form of some of their star players Danny reckons the only way is up, “Liverpool look a different beast when they have their front three up top, when Salah, Mane and Firmino are in tune together Liverpool are a different team”
Former Chelsea and Roma man Mo Salah came in for specific praise, the Egyptian has been in sensational form since joining the Reds in the summer for £36.9m. “Salah has turned out to be an inspired singing. For a player who is a winger or maybe one of the front three, he does a lot of tracking back and has a lot of energy”, said Danny, “He’s already got 12 goals in 17 starts and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finish the season with 25-30 goals in all competitions.”
“Things are starting to look a little bit better for Liverpool when you take in to account the players who are still missing from behind those three, who I think are frightening, we’re still missing our most creative players in Lallana and Coutinho.”
When they return to the starting line-up Liverpool with have attacking options to rival the best in the league. Their issue, which has been well documented is their defence but Danny thinks if they are still in touch come the next transfer then they will be in good shape.
“January’s not too far away and we’re just waiting to keep in touch with the rest of the top four. The title is all but done and dusted already, I think Man City are playing on a slightly different level to everyone else but everywhere else is up for grabs. The gap between Arsenal and United in second is four points and that’s absolutely nothing.”
Do you agree? Will Liverpool make the top four this season? Leave us a comment below and if you want to hear the full Liverpool chat skip along to the 14min 44sec mark of the podcast below.
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