Can Liverpool challenge for the title? @Komptrolla writes ahead of #Arsenal match
Two wins in two and Brendan Rodgers is already singing his "character" songs, one may say it's been Stoke and Bournemouth and they were even hard fought but no one enjoys visiting Brittania for 3points. Benteke has opened his account and Coutinho is still in the middle so the gaffer can be excused but does 6 points out of possible 6 suffice?
Brendan Rodgers is fond of waxing lyrical after every point taken, signs of struggles were evident as AFC Bournemouth threatened to level matters at Anfield but are they teething problems? Maybe, but the big question is, where will Liverpool lie come May 2016?
Liverpool blew a lot of chances last season, they had the chance to usurp Manchester United in 4th place but a poor run of results which saw them lose grounds to Arsenal, United and even Spurs at first made sure they'll be playing Europa league again.
There are major exits in form of inspirational skipper Stephen Gerrard and former jewel Raheem Sterling but the addition of Benteke, Firminho and Milner restores hope to the front line, they're yet to click, it's ok but how long more do they have to prove their worth?
Next up is a game against a team that has beaten them more than anyone else in recent times, they'll call on the 5:1 drubbing of Arsenal at Anfield in 2014 but that's the only recent defeat of Arsenal in 3 seasons.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool. Liverpool's last trip to the emirates ended in disaster as the gunners ran out 4:1 winners, the Brendan Rodgers side have not won at the emirates since 2011 when Arsenal had players exodus hangover, it was Sami Nasri's last game for Arsenal, next Monday, the Scousers must look to banish this unwanted record.
Arsenal have had a slow start, opening day embarrassment by Westham was followed by a fortuitous 2:1 win at Selhurst, unconvincing by all standards, will Liverpool pounce and build their momentum from there? Will Benteke and his new teammates come to party?
Comparing Liverpool to other contenders in terms of strength isn't really worth a blink, City just added Otamendi to a defense that already had Kompany, Demichelis and Mangala, what a strong company that is.
Arsenal is the closest to Liverpool in terms of strength but man for man, only Coutinho in the present day Liverpool squad can boast of a first team shirt if he were to be at Arsenal, Chelsea seem far away now with the Pedro signing and Manchester United are still in transition.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to improve on their last season performances against the top four clubs as they only took one point from their four away games against Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in the 2014/2015 Premier League season.