Liverpool can win the Premier League title this season but they have two obstacles in their path, according to club legend Michael Owen.
The Reds came close to clinching the league title for the first time since 1990 last season, but they fell short by two points and finished second behind champions Manchester City.
This term Liverpool have been written off by many pundits mainly because of the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona last month.
There have also been suggestions that the Reds overachieved in 2013-14, and that the bubble will burst this campaign.
However, former England international striker Owen, who played for Liverpool between 1996 and 2004, believes that Brendan Rodgers’s side can win the league title this campaign.
‘There is a lot to be interested in Liverpool this year’, the ex-Manchester United and Newcastle United star told Reuters.
‘The question marks are with Suarez not being there and the added pressure of playing in the Champions League.
‘If they can combat them, I think they'll have a decent chance of challenging for the title again’.
Liverpool manager Rodgers has done his best to ‘combat’ the ‘added pressure’ of Champions League football by bringing in no fewer than seven new players for the 2014-15 season.
The Merseyside outfit are not expected to progress far into Europe’s premier club competition, which means that they may not have to deal with fixture congestion in the second half of the campaign.
However, the absence of star striker Suarez could prove to be the decisive factor in Liverpool’s season.
The Uruguay international was their best player last season with 31 goals and 12 assists in 33 league appearances, and his departure has left a big hole in their attack.
Although Rodgers is still looking for an able replacement for the 27-year-old former Ajax star, it is likely that the Northern Irishman will build his attack around England international Daniel Sturridge.
The 24-year-old striker scored no fewer than 21 goals and provided as many as seven assists in 29 Premier League matches last season, and has proved since his move to Liverpool from Chelsea in January 2013 that he is a quality player.
This is the season when Sturridge will have to take his game to a whole new level. Whether the former Manchester City striker is able to do that or not remains to be seen.
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