Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has been talking up his old side’s chances of lifting their first top flight title in 24 years – and has identified Manchester City as their biggest threat.
The Frenchman has said that any one of the top four sides could be crowned Champions come May, and said the season his side came the closest to winning the title, that he never thought Arsenal would go on such an amazing run of form.
Houllier was full of praise for manager Brendan Rodgers, saying the manager ‘doesn’t bottle it,’ and that there are many more reasons why Liverpool can win the title this season than not.
He told the Daily Express: “I like his philosophy, the style he has imposed on the team. He doesn’t bottle it. A lot of teams don’t play with two strikers any more. He knows his strikers are good so he plays them.
“If you look at the progress that Liverpool have made in the last couple of years it is impressive. Last season I saw them a lot and you could see what he was trying to achieve.
“They have momentum, they have got the strikers, they have got a good captain in Steven, and Brendan has shown he can improve players. Look at Henderson, Sterling, I like Coutinho. They have a good blend in that midfield.”
Noticeably, the Frenchman didn’t mention the defence – which has been pinpointed as a reason why some think it will not be Liverpool’s name engraved on the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.
If they were to win the title it would signal remarkable progression given that Liverpool finished 7th with 61 points last season, and are five points off that total with 11 games remaining in this campaign.
Houllier points out that Rodgers plays two strikers but at times they haven’t been playing in their natural positions – but the Liverpool boss has found a way to accommodate them and exploit their opponent’s weaknesses – notably Daniel Sturridge on the left against John Stones in the Merseyside derby and Luis Suarez up against Nacho Monreal in the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal at Anfield.
He has also changed the system at times to try and accommodate the two in their best positions as well, whilst trying to retain control of the game.
Houllier has said he hopes for Liverpool’s title wait will come to an end this season, and their fans will hope the boss hasn’t put a curse on them.
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