Liverpool: John Aldridge analyses the Premier League title race and the Europa League draw


Liverpool could not have benefited more from the Premier League results this past weekend. Chelsea and Newcastle both lost, while Manchester United was defeated by Arsenal. At Anfield, Liverpool took full advantage of the opportunity to capitalise, which is important at this point in the season.

Manchester City, on the other hand, managed to win. Regardless of the opposition they have encountered, Pep Guardiola’s club is the only one in the division to have won all four of their games, and that is cause for concern. Erling Haaland has scored another hat-trick for City, who are once again setting the pace. It makes you question what it will take for Guardiola’s team to lose their way.

Former Liverpool striker not happy with City’s dominance in the Premier League

Any team that finishes this season ahead of Man City must be special. To dethrone them from first place, something exceptional will be required. Even while I’m sure City fans are enjoying their team’s success, the English game’s elite have enabled this supremacy to occur. They have destroyed what was once the top league in the world.

A decade ago, winning the league twice in a row was seen as an incredible accomplishment. City is currently aiming for their fourth straight victory. Even though they have excellent players and a superb coach, they shouldn’t have been permitted to do what they did, from a purely footballing perspective. Since that ship has sailed and it is now too late to do anything about it, they will be extremely difficult to capture. Once Pep leaves, there is always a potential that they will lose their vantage point, but it’s difficult to imagine that happening right now.

For the time being, Liverpool must only take care of their own affairs. A return of ten out of a potential twelve points is quite commendable. Now that Gravenberch is in the mix, we have a better chance than ever of challenging City this year.

John Aldridge is optimistic with Liverpool’s Europa League draw

At the end of last week, we learned who our Europa League group stage opponents would be, and I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out. Liverpool ought to take first place in their group, with all due respect to the opponents we will play.

The draw is advantageous in that players like Bajcetic, Jones, Elliott, Doak, and Quansah have a chance to succeed. This will be a priceless learning experience for them. Another benefit is that each of our opponents is only a few hours away, which will please Jurgen Klopp. There are a few kickoffs around 5:45 p.m., which will aid in recovery before Premier League games. For Liverpool, everything has turned out perfectly.

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