Liverpool’s Clash At Swansea Will Determine If They Are Genuine Title Contenders

By on September 15, 2013

As Liverpool gear up for their game with Swansea on Monday night looking to move three points clear at the top of the table, writer Rayyan Dabbous looks at why this is a vital match in determining what the Reds aim will be this season.

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In the wake of the international break, Liverpool are joint top of the Barclays Premier League table along with Arsenal and Tottenham – who have both played a game more. The Reds have won their first three games and they are now looking to contest a fourth one at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.

All the pressure will be on Liverpool this Monday as their current winning streak will be put to the test once again. No one expects this game to be a season decider. It is only the fourth game of the year and there is still a long road ahead for all 20 clubs. However, I for one think Liverpool should put everything on the table this Monday and try to win the game.

It is evident that there is a thin line between two objectives that are turning at the back of Brendan Rodgers’ mind. Liverpool can either fight for a place in the top four, or they can look to finally get their hands on the prestigious Premiership title. There is a thin line between these two and it is going to be this Monday that Liverpool will come to know about their real aim this year.

Before the season kicked off in August, Liverpool were looking for a fresh start and they seemed motivated. After finishing behind their Merseyside rivals Everton at 7th place last year, Liverpool wanted to prove to the world that they are still worthy to carry the name of a club that won 18 league titles.

They improved their team by acquiring prominent key figures like Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure and they endured Suarez’s controversial transfer saga to keep hold of the Uruguayan striker. They were raring to go, and Liverpool were certain that they have a chance of making the top 4.

Then, when the season kicked off, Liverpool were shocked to find themselves at a pole position. With 9 points in three games, Liverpool forgot a certain ambition they once had – finishing in the top four – and they looked to raise the bar even more and contest for the title.

The defeats of Stoke, Aston Villa and Manchester United have marked Liverpool’s best start to a season since 1994. This feat will be somewhat of a moral boost for the Reds and their deadline day recruits, PSG’s Mamadou Sakho, Victor Moses and Tiago Ilori have given them a lift in their hopes of Premiership success.

Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham have all tasted defeat already, which has shaped this season to be one of the most open and unpredictable in recent memory. This is why Liverpool should go all out for a win on Monday night. They need to keep this momentum up and capatalise on their rivals short-comings.

But they are facing a tough test against the South Wales club and Rodgers’ club reunion may not be that festive. Swansea are looking to build on their last away win against West Brom and they are trying to encourage themselves ahead of their European tie against Valencia this Thursday.

Liverpool’s ambitions will be clear after the Swansea game. Should they lose, they will most likely end up contesting the top 4 this season. If they win, well, this might just be the year they finally get their hands on the Premier League title.

Do you think Liverpool have a chance of challenging for the title this season?

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15 Comments

  1. Bif

    September 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    This is not a deciding game of anything, period, this is the forth game of 38 games…Mountains out of molehills, chicken licken comes to mind!

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  3. Niall

    September 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    The run to and indeed the game against Arsenal will decide where we are. If we have maximum points going into the Arsenal game that the title isn’t all that much unrealistic but Liverpool need to take it one game at a time and not get carried away. It’s a long way away from even securing a top 4 spot yet.

  4. patrick

    September 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    4th spot would do nicely and top players would wanna join Liverpool again with champions league football on offer. Title talk is way too early, maybe 2/3 years down the line.

  5. James Russell

    September 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    No critics or snipers need to tell us Liverpool fans what we can expect or where we stand at present, we only need to look at the table to see for ourselves and you know what? we like what we see. We have strengthened at the back and Moses as an additional striker adds to an impressive side and we can continue to look at the league and feel very proud of what Rogers & the players have done and let all the restmake comments filled with envy!!

  6. Michael

    September 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    @Naill,i agree wit u,u a good fan of football and a Good reader of d game. @ patrick i wonda type of fan u ar.nonetheles,i knw u ar nt being too ambitious bt u av 2 be realistic.BELIEVE!!!

  7. Kaycee

    September 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    How do people win title? By winning games, if liverpool keep doing what they are doing then the title is a realistic goal. If borrusia dortmund can do it, then liverpool will.

  8. Vincent

    September 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Keep this spirit in u alive, dont relent or look wide only winning nd keep winning as much as u can can fetch de epl bak at anfield. Wish u jeez de best dis wk

  9. Fred Akinsanmi

    September 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Wishes the lads all the best against swansea on monday night,go for it lads,all things are possible 4 them that believes,we can make, keep getting the 3 points for us and we can do it,borussia dortmond did it,we can do it.God is our strength,ynwa

  10. pino

    September 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

    with God all things are possible,guys believe me this is our season,luck is now with us

  11. Norni

    September 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Cant say much,i need 3points by 2mrw

  12. Stanley chisom

    September 16, 2013 at 3:19 am

    God will surely b wit our team on monday.liverpool wil surely prove douters wrong. Up liverpool. YNWA.

  13. young D

    September 16, 2013 at 7:46 am

    let’s keep winin no lose, together we shall achive 1goal.epl is our’s

  14. ismail

    September 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    i wish d best of luck 4 us,daniel sturridge & victor moses will kill them tonight,up lfc ! Never walk alone.

  15. Owensco

    September 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Wit God all tins re possible. If God say dis season is ours, d season is ours, no juju…..3 points all….YNWA

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