Liverpool FC: Predictions for the Rest of the Season
In what is perhaps the most enthralling edition of the Premier League in living memory, a predictions piece is bold to say the least. At the time of writing (and most likely your time of reading), less than 10 points separate first from sixth.
It is this uncertainty that has many claiming that this year is the year if Liverpool are to reclaim Champions League status. The argument works perfectly well backwards though, of course. Liverpool currently sit in their coveted fourth spot, yet lie one away from the dreaded sixth, representing absence from the European scene completely.
But a predictions piece it shall be. Let's start with a safe one.
Luis Suarez Finishes Top of the Goal Scoring Charts
Luis Suarez has been in blistering form this term, seeming scoring at will. He currently sits atop the chart for goals scored, a fair distance away from Sergio Aguero in second. Though I expect the gap to be a lot smaller than it is now, I think "El Pistolero" will fire his way towards the golden boot for the first time.
Steven Gerrard Is Not Made to Play the Deep Playmaker Role
Gerrard, 33, will have to adapt his playing style from the all-action, box-to-box midfielder to the much more conservative deep-lying playmaker adopted by others such as Andrea Pirlo. Having tried, and ultimately failed, to achieve this transformation against Aston Villa at home, Gerrard will continue to play in his central midfielder role alongside Joe Allen in a deeper role in the absence of Lucas. Given the importance of picking up maximum points in the second half of the season, playing Gerrard in his best position represents a much less risky option than rushing a change just yet.
Liverpool Beat Manchester City, Spurs, Everton and Arsenal at Home
Oh, its a risky one, this.
Given the performances that the Reds have generally turned out at home as well as those against top opposition away, I feel Liverpool can win all the fixtures against the top sides at Anfield. Liverpool were unlucky not to win at City, and could have taken maximum points from Everton on another day. With consistent performance levels and the presence of the famous 12th man behind Brendan Rodgers and Co., Liverpool can finally write the wrongs of seasons past, starting with Everton in a few days.
Liverpool Reach Wembley in the FA Cup
Given Liverpool's lack of fixtures in comparison to other top sides in the FA Cup, I feel Liverpool can afford to turn out consistently strong sides in the FA Cup this year. Whether Liverpool can win the cup is down to the luck of the draw and the day, but I think Liverpool can make it to the semi-final stage at least if Brendan makes it a priority.
The Top Four Race Goes Down to the Wire
I think Liverpool, Everton, United and Tottenham fans will be heading for a final day full of nerves as all four compete for a place in Europe. With Manchester City or Chelsea winning the League and Arsenal in third, the best of the rest will, I think, be within touching distance on the final day. Only a brave man would place a bet on the fourth placed side today, but one thing's certain (sort of), an awful lot will be riding on Liverpool vs Newcastle on May 11.