Liverpool - this year it's time to believe

I took the dog to the park this morning, and the Liverpool maniac came in just as I was leaving. 'Three points at Swansea, and anything's possible', I remarked.

He shook his head.

'Even if we win, it's far to early to tell. Personally, I'm just waiting for the wheels to come off'.

Other Liverpool fans, however, are much more bullish, and see the performances so far this season (three Premier League wins out of three) as the shape of things to come. They always believed, of course. Some fans always do.

Looking at it as a neutral, however, you have to think Liverpool have a fighting chance of a top four slot this season. If you accept that fourth slot is between Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool (and actually, the way Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season, I wouldn't rule either of them out of the fight for fourth place either), Liverpool probably has its best chance in recent years to return to The Champions League.

Much has been made about the new signings Tottenham have made, but there are question marks over how quickly the new players can gel, and whether they will be able to adjust their play and being successful in the Premier League.

And will Ozil really be Arsenal's saviour ? Will he be able to help solve their defensive problems ? I think not.

And what of Liverpool ? They have a strong squad - one of the best goalkeepers in the League, a fast centre back in Ilori, a powerful trio in Sakho, Toure and Skrtel, and a playmaker supreme in Agger. And then there's Coutinho and Gerrard, and Suarez and Sturridge upfront. Enough, surely, to give any other team in the Prem a game.

This year, methinks, it's time to believe.

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