Liverpool have started the season in phenomenal form, winning their first five Premier League fixtures and a UEFA Champions League group stage match against the mighty Paris Saint-Germain. Having last won the League Cup in 2011, the Merseyside club may be primed to finally win silverware again.
As stated previously, they have a perfect start to the league so far and only find themselves behind Chelsea on goal difference. Last season they finished fourth place, but they impressed with their largely entertaining attacking football which often gave them great results against the top six. Now equipped with better players and some more depth, Liverpool are certainly stronger than they have been in a long time. Considering Manchester United’s struggles, Tottenham’s issues surrounding their stadium and not strengthening in the summer, and the natural obstacles that will, if they haven’t already, come for Chelsea and Arsenal who are undergoing large transitions in terms of their news coaches coming in, Liverpool have a great chance to challenge for the league this season.
Manchester City remain as strong as ever, but perhaps their recent loss to Lyon indicates they may struggle with complacency. In addition, the current injury to their star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne gives Liverpool the chance to potentially build on the gap between the two clubs. Plus, after winning the Premier League in record fashion last season, it is a possibility that they will have a bigger focus on winning the Champions League, opening the door for Liverpool.
Meanwhile in the UCL, Liverpool have just beaten the strongest opponents in their group, putting themselves in the driving seat to top the group. If they can do that, a favorable draw may await them in the next round where they can ride some momentum moving forwards as they did last season. Some may argue Liverpool only made it to the final of the Champions League because of the “easy” draws they received, but you can only beat who is put in front of you and credit must be given to them. Now this season with a stronger team, it is more than plausible that the team can win the cup. Last season there was a feeling that they could threaten any team, but that beating a big team like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich would be just a step too far; the club currently appear more than capable of beating any team they come across, especially considering the experience of last season.
Throw in the FA Cup and the League Cup, Liverpool can realistically win a trophy, if not multiple trophies this season. A tough schedule for the club began against Tottenham last week before their match against PSG and they won both games. Their next matches include Southampton (which will represent a break from playing top teams), Chelsea in the EFL Cup, Chelsea in the league, away to Napoli in the UCL, and Manchester City in a vital league game. If Liverpool come out of this still in the EFL Cup, top of the group in the Champions League, and extending their lead ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, that will be the telling evidence that this side has what it takes to win silverware.
Obviously injuries, suspensions, and controversial calls can potentially derail their attempts to win trophies, but if they can have that bit of luck throughout the season, this can be very historic season for the club.
Only time will tell if 2019, a whole eight years since their last trophy, will finally be the one that brings a trophy back to Anfield.