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Why Liverpool won't win the league this season

Sunday 22nd January 2017
After only winning one of their last four games, are the wheels of the Klopp bus finally starting to fall off? Saturday's home defeat to relegation strugglers Swansea City has only heaped criticism on a faltering Liverpool. 

The games are coming in thick and fast for the Reds, as they play four home games in the next ten days. Being branded as title contenders comes with a new type of pressure and I don't think this Liverpool team can deal with those expectations.
Here's why Liverpool won't win their first Premier League title ever this season.

3. Klopp's issues with Sakho

Joel Matip has missed 8/22 league games through injury and suspension this campaign, meaning Liverpool have been without their best centre back on far too many occasions. A player of such quality needs a suitable replacement and I'm sorry, but Ragnar Klavan is not that guy; Mamadou Sakho is. Let's be honest here, Ragnar Klavan is probably the worst centre back currently at a top four club today.

Liverpool has conceded 27 goals in 22 league games - the most out of anyone in the top seven. And I can't help but think if Sakho was an active member of the squad, this total would be much lower. When the Frenchman tested positive for a 'fat-burner' substance back in March, his Liverpool career seemed to be on the rocks. UEFA conducted further investigations over the matter and cleared Sakho's name back in July. But for some strange reason, Klopp seems to have frozen out the French international. The German has also actively tried to push Sakho out the door by entertaining a £20m bid from Southampton. It's strange to think that Klopp would put his pride ahead of the success of the club because of a simple dietary mix up.

2. Poor Squad Depth:

In attack Liverpool is prosperous, in midfield they're found wanting and in defence, they're a comedy act. All title-winning teams of the past have had bountiful squads filled with players who could come off the bench and do a job in all departments. In the most games, Liverpool plays with a midfield three of Henderson, Winjaldum and Emre Can. Three industrious players that bomb up and down the pitch and win 50-50s all over the field. Take out any one of these three and in comes Lucas Leiva, hardly world class backup is it.

Yes, Lallana and Coutinho can drop in to play as the most advanced of the midfield three but they can't supplement that defensive work rate in the middle. Klopp's philosophy this season seems to be 'you score one, we'll score two' but without these three box-to-box midfielders, the front three wouldn't be afforded half the amount chances they get a game.

1) The appalling treatment of Sturridge:

Daniel Sturridge - the man once was a pivotal part of the infamous SAS trio, but he has been treated like an average Joe at Anfield this season. Being afforded only 520 minutes of league game time, Sturridge has had to sit back and watch his teammates thrive without him. Yes, Liverpool may boast the best attack in the league but it could be so much more with Daniel Sturridge in the XI. For those who forget how good the 27-year old is, Sturridge has scored an astonishing 1.8 goals per game at Anfield, a ratio only matched by the greats of the sport.

There's no denying that Robert Firmino has been exceptional this season but 8 goals in 22 league games is not enough to keep one of the most clinical strikers in world football on the bench. When Liverpool don't win the league this season, the sidelining of Daniel Sturridge will be cited as one of the deciding factors.

What do you guys think of my reasons? Let us know. 
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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