After Liverpool comprehensively defeated Manchester United at the weekend and made a serious statement of intent on their title ambitions, here are 5 reasons why they will win the league:
1. Momentum - Victory over United ensured Liverpool's fifth consecutive league win and indeed they remain unbeaten in the Premier League in 2014. Eight wins and two draws from 10 games is title winning form, especially when some of those results and performances have come against rivals. There was the 4-0 derby demolition of Everton at Anfield and the utter thrashing of visiting Arsenal 5-1 that showed this Brendan Rodgers side is no flash in the pan. They have everything behind them to carry on and last the distance in what is the Premier League marathon.
2. Spirit - The spirit that has been fostered at Liverpool is there for everyone to see. The squad and staff are working in tandem and unified in their quest to not only finish in the top four, but as it is turning out, end the Kop's 24 year wait for a league title. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are playing together harmoniously. Suarez has sacrificed himself for the team of late playing in a wider position to accommodate his strike partner and thus for the benefit of Liverpool. Discontent has only been conspicuous by its absence, squad members like Victor Moses are not kicking up a fuss. In his case in particular he has remained on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign but supported the group nevertheless. That kind of attitude will be priceless in the run-in make no mistake.
3. Hunger - Liverpool have gone the longest without a league title among their Premier League chasing rivals. 24 years to Arsenal's 10, Chelsea's 4 and Manchester City's 2. It is hard to argue therefore that the Reds must be the hungriest to win the competition, a hunger that is magnified exponentially in Steven Gerrard. The title is all that eludes him from his medal collection and at 33-years-old he knows time is running out fast. There probably won't be a better chance to achieve the feat and the captain's desperation to do so will drive him on to lead his club to the Holy Grail.
4. Belief - Rodgers has engendered a sense of great self-belief into this Liverpool squad that is seeing his players go out on the field without fear or intimidation at the likes of Southampton, Stoke and Manchester United. In turn this has begun to instill a winning mentality at the club where every time they go into a game they expect to win, no matter the opposition.
5. Fixtures - A relatively easy fixture list lies ahead for Liverpool in comparison to City, Arsenal and Chelsea. They have already played Arsenal both home and away while Chelsea and City have to come to Anfield, where Liverpool have been in imperious form over more than the last calendar year. Although Manuel Pellegrini's men have three games in hand Liverpool already have the points on the board. Playing catch up will bring its own pressures and even the experienced City players may find that difficult to cope with.