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The reason why Liverpool will finish third in Premier League

Features By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 31/01/2019

Liverpool will finish the season in the third position behind Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the Premier League table and the reason is not far-fetch.

Pep Guardiola and his men are not looking invincible as they were last season and they have even struggled to replicate that form that saw them swept off those Premier League records last season on their way to win the title race but they remain the favourite to clinch the League title and Mauricio Pochettino's men would finish in the second place and then Liverpool.

The Etihad outfit has played 24 games this season in the Premier League out of the 38 League games scheduled for a complete season and they have lost four games (against Newcastle, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Chelsea) in the process, win 18 and draw just two of those games played.

Though Manchester City lack the killer instinct the exhibited last season in the attack and they are made to pay dearly for it by the Premier League teams, the team lose Kelvin de Bruyne to injury at the start of the season and he has struggled to be at his best this season, they have struggled without the Belgian maestro in the midfield, who helps the team blend the midfield and attack when available for the Citizens.

The Belgian midfielder will come back to fitness at the right time of the season as the second half remain decisive for any team that wants to win silverware at the end the season.

Manchester City recent defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League has cast a doubt on their ambition to retain the title this season but the reverse is the case for Guardiola and his team considering the rest of their fixture for the remaining of the season in the Premier League, the Premier League title can still be retained by Manchester City.

The race to win the title is still open and the title is still up for grab considering the fact that Liverpool failed to take the advantage of Manchester City slip against Newcastle to move to seven points clear on the Premier League table, as they were held 1-1 by Leicester City at the Anfield.

Liverpool handed a lifeline to Manchester City to challenge for the league after failing to get a victory at home against the Foxes on Wednesday evening, Tottenham Hotspur closed the gap following their 2-1 win against Watford though still seven points behind the leaders Liverpool and three points behind Manchester City with 14 games still yet to be played.

Considering the number of games left to be played, Manchester City still has a chance to retain the title, Liverpool need to do the extraordinary and proof it beyond reasonable doubt that they have the firepower to win the Premier League when they face the likes of Westham, Manchester United, Tottenttenham Hotspur and Chelsea in en-route to win the league.

Liverpool has more tough opponents to play when compared to Manchester City who has Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as their only tough opponents that could force Guardiola’s men to drop some points if upsets are neglected which could dent any team’s hope of the title chase.

Tottenham is not enjoying the best of form due to injury to some of their major players but they are getting the desired result even at that as the season progresses, Mauricio Pochettino would face his London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal as their major opponents in the route to winning the League title.

Liverpool will find themselves behind these two teams at the end of the next 14 Premier League games come May.
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