2017 is poised to be the most exciting year for Liverpool fans and players alike. The Reds are playing well, they are near the top of the table and they’re hanging in there without their most valuable player of 2016, Philippe Coutinho. Championships, titles and glory potentially await, but heartache is all too familiar for fans to get carried away at this early stage.
Navigating a Tough Start to 2017
Liverpool’s run to Christmas is considered one of the easiest a top team can ask for, but their January start will really test their mettle. Ignoring FA Cup clash on the 8th of January, the team fronts against Sunderland, United, Swansea, Chelsea, Hull, Tottenham, Leicester, Arsenal, Burnley, City and Everton between January and early April. There are only two games they ‘should’ win there, though the Reds did thrash the Tigers in their last meeting and should expect to win more than they lose in that mix
Coutinho’s Awaited Return
The mercurial Brazilian’s presence has been deeply missed by Liverpool for his passing threats in addition to his long range goal scoring ability. In a team that love’s to press, Coutinho’s passing ability in partnership with Jordan Henderson is central to the Red’s chances of slicing through the opposing team's defences. While Emre Can was also out injured, Liverpool seemingly lacked the ability to unlock the opposition's defence tactics. With Coutinho back in January the Red’s will be far better off physically and mentally, as Philippe adds a level of confidence to those around him on the pitch.
Chelsea are on fire. No one can dispute that, they are playing a confident brand of football, reminiscent of the Red’s golden patch late in 2016. No one is running away from the field though and three points can mean a jump from 5th to 2nd in the table, so it’s anyone’s game in 2017, let’s just hope it’s a red year though.
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.