Why Liverpool are not as close to the Premier League trophy as some believe

The Reds are firm favourites to land the league title but while they have 7 points still to claim from their last three games, Man City will believe they are in with more than just a shout.

So the talk has been that it is only a matter of time before Liverpool parade the Premier League trophy. The argument goes that they are the ones with the momentum and even more crucially, all the good luck.

Many point to Vincent Kompany's laughable attempt at a clearance which led to Philippe Coutinho's winner, when Manchester City played at Anfield recently, as the most obvious example of everything supposedly going Liverpool's way this season.

Isn't it more the case that Liverpool have made their own luck? Of course that doesn't suit the agendas of those who would rather see the title end up elsewhere.

That is not to suggest there is is some sort of anti-Liverpool bias going on. There really isn't. Haters will exist to hate yes, and they will always form an element of the footballing world we live in but lets not kid ourselves that the media and their granny particularly care enough to want to see Liverpool fail miserably.

If that was true then surely these naysayers would have already been more than satisfied with the 24 years of top-flight plight the Redmen have experienced?

In terms of the good old 'bread and butter', those two plus decades can only be viewed as barren. Once or twice Liverpool competed for the title, but can we say they really came that close to claiming a 19th league championship? No.

2013-14 has been a completely different matter entirely however. Liverpool have fought tremendously, albeit unexpectedly, to bring the title back to Merseyside.

Yet despite now being 5 points clear in the race, it is far too premature to all but emblazon the LFC name below Manchester United on the Premier League winners' roll call.

This is said in the knowledge, which quite a few people seem to be forgetting, that Liverpool must produce at least two wins and a draw from their final three games in order not to make light of the fact that the destiny of the league is very much in the hands that belong to them.

Manchester City pose the most serious threat as they have played a game less. Should Liverpool lose to Chelsea on Sunday then City could swipe the title from under the Reds' noses by winning all their remaining games to level up the points tally yet win outright through a better goal difference.

And therein lies the one stumbling block. Chelsea's visit to Anfield. Mourinho's talk of fielding a weakened team isn't fooling anyone. His side may have a better chance of winning the Champions League but he will no doubt want to come up and spoil the party. After all, you wouldn't think the Portugese has forgotten about Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' or anything. Revenge is in the air.

Clear that particular hurdle, the serious proclamations on Liverpool's league designs made by supporters and neutrals alike can then begin in earnest.

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