LIVERPOOL’S eighth successive victory, the 4-0 walloping of Tottenham yesterday, has put them on top of the Premier League and – sorry, fellow Evertonians – means Brendan Rodgers’ boys are now the favourites in this endlessly-fascinating title race. My money has been on Manchester City from the start, but I can’t deny that Liverpool are in a wonderful position from which to win their first League title in 24 years. I thought Luis Suarez was again sensational against Spurs and the Uruguayan must be the clear front-runner for the Premier League Player of the Year award. I’m not retracting any of my previous criticism regarding Suarez’s tendency to dive, but I readily acknowledge that his sheer ability outweighs his flaws (by the way, I notice with some alarm that strike partner Daniel Sturridge seems to have acquired the habit of ‘tripping himself up,’ as he did, not for the first time, against Spurs).
Nevertheless, Suarez and Sturridge have emerged as the top flight’s top strike partnership, making a major contribution to the team’s impressive haul of 88 league goals, outstripping Manchester City, whose prolific form in front of goal has been dented by the loss of top-class Sergio Aguero since the turn of the year. Had Aguero remained fit, I’m sure he would have run Suarez close for the Player of the year award. As it is, if Suarez doesn’t win, it will be a glaring oversight. Liverpool’s defence was a bit leaky in the first few months, but the team is now delivering clean sheets while piling up the goals and the destiny of the title is in their hands. They can kill the ambitions of main rivals City and Chelsea by beating them at Anfield in the coming weeks.