Why just a Champions League place for Liverpool Luis? There’s every chance of more this season.
Seven games into what many consider the most open Premier League ever and the red half of Merseyside find themselves in second place, only behind Arsenal on goal difference. 16 points from a possible 21 is an impressive start to manager Brendan Rodgers’ second year at Anfield.
So why is the Uruguayan saying that a place in Europe’s elite competition next year is enough? This is the best chance of adding league title number 19 since their second place finish behind Manchester United in 2009 - a year when a certain Fernando Torres used to score goals for fun.
With their bitter rivals struggling to keep up with the pace under new manager David Moyes, Jose Mourinho still trying to find a striker who can score at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini searching for his first win on the road in the blue half on Manchester, it could be a season long battle between the current leading pair who meet at the Emirates at the start of November.
Fans of the club may not share my optimism and one man who it seems doesn’t share it either is Suarez himself, but I feel there are a number of reasons to believe in a title challenge. And the main one is the returning striker.
After a disappointing home defeat to Southampton, Suarez made his comeback after the 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He may not have been able to stop his first game ending in a cup defeat to United but his performance showed that he was back and better than ever.
Two league games, three goals and a partnership with Daniel Sturridge that continues to blossom show that the Arsenal summer transfer debacle is well and truly behind him, and that he’s fully committed to the club for another year and if he keeps his discipline in line, then I see no reason why he can’t be the guy who brings major trophies back to a club of such great heritage.
It is of crucial performance that the club are back in the Champions League next season to keep him, but if he had a Premier League winners medal around his neck come May next year then he may even sign a contract to keep him there for life.
Liverpool fans, give us your thoughts on whether you can win the title this season?