Against the odds this season, Liverpool have managed to mount a charge for the Premier League. Not the top four Champions League positions, but the Premier League title itself. Expectations at the beginning of the season were for a challenge on fourth place; that is looking pretty much secure now though, and the ambition is extending beyond that position alone.
The challenge though, has been founded on goals from, predominantly the strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The defense is not great, to be honest, which puts more pressure on Suarez and Sturridge to maintain the level that they have been scoring at — so far so good.
If they do not continue that blistering form though, then the Liverpool defense is probably not good enough for the team to rely on instead. Suarez and Sturridge have combined to score 47 league goals between them so far this season, and it is imperative that they continue to score at one end, in order to relieve the pressure at the other.
Liverpool have had nine clean sheets in defense so far this season. Manchester United, who have had a poor season and sit five places and 14 points behind them, have had 11, and Hull City in 12th position have had nine, the same as Liverpool. The attack is a top of the league attack, but the defense is clearly not. Whilst Suarez and Sturridge score like they are though, it doesn’t particularly matter. But if they were to stop, then it would obviously be a concern.
Liverpool play Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday in what will be the game in hand they have over Chelsea. A win would keep the pressure on as they try to stay in touch, hoping for a mistake to let them in. Until that mistake comes though, if it ever does, Liverpool need to keep on winning games, which for them, means Sturridge and Suarez scoring plenty of goals. Without those goals though, their hopes will become pipe dreams pretty fast.