With the clock ticking on the English Premier League season, the title race comes to a pivotal point as we wait eagerly to see who will come out on top.
After their thrilling but hard-fought 4-3 victory over Swansea, it’s Brendan Rogers’ Anfield side who must now be considered serious title contenders.
Here are seven reasons why we believe the Merseyside club can lift the trophy come May.
By Scott MacArthur – @scottmacarthur8
1) The Anfield Atmosphere
Not many of the big teams manage to create an atmosphere quite like Liverpool do at Anfield. The venue, which can house 45,522 people, isn’t one of the biggest stadiums in Britain but the boom through the stands can be heard around the city.
The Reds have only lost one league game at Anfield this season where they have been spectacular. They brushed city rivals Everton aside 4-0 and demolished Arsenal with a 5-1 victory. If they can keep their home form up when Chelsea and Manchester City come calling then they will find themselves in an excellent position come May.
2) No Distractions
After away defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal in both domestic cups, Liverpool can fully focus their attention on league business while other rivals are distracted by domestic cups and European football.
This could well work to Liverpool’s advantage as Arsenal and Manchester City will hope to meet at Wembley in the FA Cup final whilst Chelsea look to be the only English team who have a chance of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
3) If Their Opponents Score 3… They’ll Score More
Liverpool have been sensational in and around their opponent’s penalty box this season, especially at home.
They’ve scored 70 goals in the Premier League alone, even more than Manchester City who smashed the record for the fastest Premier League team to score 100 goals in all competitions.
Last Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Swansea showed a grit and determination that past Liverpool teams have not had and that is not forgetting the 5-3 victory away to Stoke at the beginning of January.
If they can sort out their defensive faults (conceding 35 goals compared to Chelsea’s 21) then a league title would be closer than most think.
4) Suarez & Sturridge
The New SAS partnership has been a revelation for Liverpool with both strikers netting 41 goals between them.
People are already comparing them to Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush and if history is anything to go by then a proficient strike partnership is just what Liverpool need if they are to fill the Anfield trophy room just as Dalgish and Rush did.
5) They are eventually playing the Brendan Rodgers way
During Liverpool’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, the presenters at BT Sport captured one of the most beautiful images of the season as Liverpool, using Coutinho as a playmaker, were playing triangular passes to perfection.
Rodgers is known for his attacking football after it won Swansea promotion to the Premier League back in 2011 and it now seems he’s finally implemented it into this Liverpool team.
6) Steven Gerrard
If any English player deserves a Premier League winners medal it is most certainly Steven Gerrard.
Respected by rivals, the 33 year-old has been ever-present in English football with nothing to show for it apart from a few FA Cup and League Cup medals.
After making his debut in 1998, Gerrard has been the heart and soul of the Liverpool team scoring goals and creating them.
One look at the league table might just be all the motivation Stevie G needs to spur his team on to a 19th Premier League title.
7) They’re not expected to
One thing which may just swing the Premier League trophy to Anfield is the fact that Liverpool are the underdogs.
At a price of 6/1 with most bookies to win the title, Liverpool are dark horses and there is no real pressure on them.
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have already stated how Liverpool are a major threat and the big dogs may just collapse under the pressure while the Reds hold firm to see over the finish line.
Only time will tell who will be crowned champions in May after one of the most exciting Premier League seasons in recent history but one thing is for sure – whoever lifts that trophy fully deserves it.