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22 Oct 2020

Liverpool’s challenge to defend the English Premier League Title

Without a doubt, the English Premier League is the most competitive in the world. Since it was founded in 1992, the EPL title was successfully defended six times, with Manchester United successfully defending it four times: 1992/93 & 1993/94, 1995/96 & 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00 & 2000/01 and 2006/07, 2007/08 & 2008/09. The other two teams who made it to the list are Chelsea (2004/05 & 2005/06) and Manchester City (2017/18 & 2018/19). You can take part in Premier League’s 2020-21 season action by signing-up for the best betting software and enjoy the best odds in the market.

 

The fall of the Champions

We have seen Liverpool struggle to lift the Champions League and after a consistent performance, they finally did it in the 2018-19 season. However, they were unable to defend the title in the next season, losing to Atletico Madrid at Anfield by 3-2 (4-2 aggregate). After Liverpool's performance in the last seasons, they deserved to lift the EPL trophy once and for all. And they did it in style in the 2019-2020 season, winning the Premier League title for the first time in history with 18 points difference to the second-placed Manchester City. In the new season, five rounds have been played and the title holders have broken the record negatively, losing 7-2 against Aston Villa in the fourth round. However, Liverpool’s front trio is in good form, with Mohamed Salah registering 6 goals and Sadio Mané 3 goals. And besides Roberto Firmino’s good performance, so far, he hasn’t scored any goal.

 

More trouble for Jurgen Klopp

Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton ended in a disastrous way for the Reds. Virgil van Dijk’s collision with Jordan Pickford resulted in a horrible injury that extends beyond the ACL, which is worse than first feared. However, according to VAR, the challenge was not a red card offense. Allegedly, the Red’s defensive talisman will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. With Liverpool’s disappointing results in the domestic league already and the quest for Van Dijk’s replacement, Jurgen Klopp’s glory in the Premier League is being tested. With the absence of the Dutchman in deference, we are likely to see more goals conceded by the Reds. Probably, most football fans expected a dominant Liverpool this season, but they have conceded many goals in just four rounds.

 

The Quest for Van Dijk’s replacement

As the saying goes, “If it is not raining, there's no need to fix the roof". An urgent action is required to find a replacement for the injured Dutchman. And there are five center-backs on Klopp’s radar: Ozan Kabak (Schalke), Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples), Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig), Diego Carlos (Sevilla) and Ben White (Brighton). And again, the saying continues, “If it is raining, you cannot fix the roof”. Looking for a solution when trouble comes might be counterproductive as players need time to adapt and the Red’s might not have that privilege. Some players may be capable to seize the opportunity and perform wonders. Will Liverpool make it to the top and seize the glory again? Only time will tell. We are committed to bringing you updated sports news via VIP-IBC, so stay tuned for more!

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