Could this finally be Liverpool’s year?


Everyone has heard it before but could this finally be the year Liverpool capture that elusive Premier League Crown? Burnley striker Ashley Barnes thinks so.

The Clarets were the latest side to feel the force of the Anfield outfit this season when they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men, thanks to an own goal from Chris Wood and strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Burnley did no worse than any other side so far this campaign as the Reds, like last term, have won their opening four games of the season.

The win at Turf Moor was their 13th on the bounce in the Premier League – a new club record – and a run that actually started in Burnley back in March. To win the league this term it’s likely to be one they need to keep going.

Last season they lost just one game, Manchester City away, and that defeat, coupled with a few draws, saw them pipped at the post by City despite securing a club-record points total.

Their rivals currently sit behind them in the fledgling Premier League table having dropped points in the home draw with Spurs, supposedly the third runner in the race for the title.

Having seen at first hand the strength and depth that Liverpool have over the weekend, Burnley striker Ashley Barnes says the Reds are the real deal.

Barnes feels that, if possible, the Champions League winners are even stronger than last season.

“They are a better team than when we played them at the start of their winning run, you have to give them credit for how clinical they were for their second and third goals.

“That is what Liverpool can do to you – they punish teams because they are so quick on the counter-attack, and so good when they get a sniff of goal.

“You can see their quality all over the park, and they are still growing, aren’t they. They are going to take a lot of stopping.”

One thing that could scupper a title-winning charge could be player unrest behind the scenes and there was just a hint of that at Burnley when Sadio Mane reacted badly to being substituted in the second half.

Klopp was quick to play down the incident but player unrest, however minor, so early in the campaign does not bode well for the future.

Klopp said: “Sadio cannot hide his emotions, I like that. But all sorted. We spoke about it and everything is fine.”

The Reds will be desperate for that to be the case as they look for their first top flight title since 1989/90.