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Liverpool: Free-scoring Liverpool set for title charge

29 November 2021 10:34:14 EST
Klopp's Liverpool firmly in title race

After a relatively disappointing season last year, Liverpool are certainly showing signs of being back to their best as the Premier League looks set for a three-horse title race.

The Reds are currently third in the table with 28 points from 13 games and lie two points behind current leaders Chelsea.

Most impressive has been their terrific goals return - Liverpool have found the net 39 times this season at an average of exactly three goals per game.

Records to tumble?

The current record of goals scored in a Premier League season is, unsurprisingly, held by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team of 2017-18, who became the first team to record 100 points in a Premier League campaign.

That season, they were blitzing teams for fun - City scored at least five goals in a match on six separate occasions and many teams were essentially beaten before they'd even kicked a ball.

However, if Liverpool carry on the way they have done for the season, then they will beat that record with 114.

It is a big ask but the way they have started the campaign, it is certainly possible.

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Liverpool can be backed to score over 106.5 goals this season at 3.25,while those who think they will drop off can back them to score under 106.5 at 1.33.

Salah the form man in world football

A big reason why Liverpool have enjoyed such a fruitful start to the season in front of goal is due to the outrageously good form of Mo Salah.

The Egyptian has broken more records this season by becoming the fastest Liverpool player to reach 100 top-flight goals while he is also now in the top ten all-time scorers list for the Reds.

Currently, he is the Premier League's top scorer with 11 goals and eight assists also prove his credentials as a creator as well as scorer.

Magnificent solo strikes against Watford and, perhaps more tellingly, Manchester City have shown what a matchwinner he can be and Liverpool's title triumph will be dependent on him keeping up his form.

Salah can be backed to be the Golden Boot winner for a third time at 1.50.

AFOCN to put a spanner in the works

One issue that will face Liverpool after Christmas is the Africa Cup of Nations which is due to take place between 9th January and the 6th February.

If Egypt and Senegal make good progress then Salah and Sadio Mane could be missing for the best part of a month and the extra travelling required will also have a negative impact on their chances.

With Roberto Firmino picking up more injures these days, the formidable front three could be ripped apart at the start of the New Year and while Diogo Jota has stepped in admirably on a number of occasions, they would still be left short of options.

Jurgen Klopp would need more output from the likes of Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi to help them through what could be a tricky period.

Reds looking very confident

The 4-0 win against Southampton on Saturday was their second in a row after the demolition job of Arsenal last week.

Thye have won by at least four goals in four of their matches this season, with the 5-0 thumping of Manchester United being the key highlight.

Given two of their star attackers will be leaving the Premier League for up to month in January, it may be too much to ask for them to overtake City's record of 106 goals, but getting to three figures will certainly be the aim.

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