Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 10:18 PM

COULD THIS BE LIVERPOOL’S YEAR?

In case you missed it, Liverpool head into this new week top of the Premier League.

And it’s not just clever maths, or down to goal difference. They’re properly top – for the first time in over two years.

What’s most scary is that you wouldn’t bet against them staying there.

The Reds’ 6-1 demolition of Watford at Anfield on Sunday elevated Jurgen Klopp’s side above Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and stuttering Manchester City.

They’ve won the joint most games.

They’ve scored the most goals.

They’ve beaten league rivals Chelsea with absolute aplomb, and knocked Spurs out of the EFL Cup.

In short, they’re in scintillating form – and in my view, I can’t see that form going away.

You see, the big thing that Liverpool have that most sides vying for the title don’t is rest time.

Manchester United have the Europa League. Spurs, Arsenal and City have the Champions League.

Liverpool and Chelsea are the only two title contenders with no other distractions, and without the headaches of trying to rotate players and playing midweek games – and travelling thousands of miles all over Europe to do so – Klopp’s charges are free to concentrate on the one prize they really want: the Premier League title.

If we remember back to last time Liverpool were in this sort of form and this sort of situation, they very nearly did it.

Under Brendan Rodgers, they came ever so close, and were it not for a Steven Gerrard slip, they could well have ended that long wait for a top-flight title.

In a repeat of that season, Liverpool are free to concentrate fully on their league form, and remove any other distractions.

And it doesn’t end there: they’re also very, very good.

Their brand of high-pressing, intense and attacking football currently has no peer in the Premier League. City are good at it, and on their day Spurs are too, but neither side are in quite the same sort of form as the Reds.

In Roberto Firmino, they have one of the most astute and clever forwards in the EPL, while Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho provide skill, flair and sheer impudence.

And while their defence is perhaps not quite of the same calibre as their attack, if they’re able to score this freely, it may well not matter.

If Liverpool keep this up, you’d be fool to write them out of the title race; so let’s wait and see. I, for one, am very excited to see how this one plays out.

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