With the top spot in the English Premier League up for grabs, Liverpool faced a big match with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. It was a home match at Anfield and a must win for Liverpool to overtake Chelsea. Tottenham, 6th in the table, has struggled to maintain consistency throughout the season. It didn’t take long before Liverpool was able to get ahead. The opening goal came when there was an own goal by Tottenham’s Younes Kaboul. The second goal came soon after in the first half when Luis Suarez netted one in record-breaking fashion. He passed Robbie Fowler’s record for most Premier League goals in one season by a Liverpool player. The goal was the Uruguayan National Teamer’s 29th of the season. Any hope Tottenham still had quickly evaporated after goals from Philippe Coutinho (55′) and Jordan Henderson (75′). It was yet another disappointing performance from Tottenham and impressive performance by Liverpool. So, what is it making the Reds so dominant throughout this season?
Strong Attacking Play
There is no question as to the weapons Liverpool has in the goal-scoring department. They have the top two leading goal scorers in the English Premier League with Luis Suarez (29 goals) and Daniel Sturridge (20 goals). Then, of course, they have the veteran midfielder in Steven Gerrard who had put up 11 goals and 9 assists through 28 EPL games. I believe Gerrard is a vital aspect for Liverpool, because he is the leader that keeps all of the young guys in check during tight situations. Along with these tremendous players, Liverpool also features 19-year-old Raheem Sterling who has shown the ability to make things happen. He has totaled 6 goals over 27 appearances. His speed makes him a real asset for Brendan Rodgers to utilize when needed.
When Simon Mignolet came over from Sunderland, I wasn’t sure how effective he would be and if Liverpool were really capable of hanging with Chelsea and Manchester City. However, the Belgian Mignolet has been just that for the Reds. Through 32 games, he has amassed 94 saves and 9 clean sheets. With the goal scoring ability Liverpool has, you are not going to need a clean sheet every game to get the three points out of the match.
Luis Suarez, Luis Suarez, Luis Suarez
I know I already mentioned Suarez with the “Strong Attacking Play” section, but it can’t be stressed enough the impact he has had for Liverpool this season. The 27-year-old from Uruguay can basically score from anywhere on the pitch. He just broke Robbie Fowler’s record and is quickly becoming a legend at Anfield. With their first title in 24 years in sight, he has a good chance to make his name legendary around Liverpool. With Daniel Sturridge alongside him, you can never put all of the attention on Suarez because then Sturridge will hurt you. I think the pace Suarez has been playing at this season, he should be talked about as one of the tops in the world, even with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. As long as Suarez can try to stay among from controversy (which has been difficult for him during his career), then I believe the Reds have a great chance to compete with Man City and Chelsea.