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Feb 26, 2020, 6:23:00 AM

Liverpool Are Winning the Premier League

With Liverpool set to win the Premier League, it’s no surprise to see them enjoying themselves every time they come out to play.

When you hear the word ‘luck’, this usually implies that things often happen by chance rather than it being the result of conscious design. There are different types of luck though and from a football perspective, the line between good and bad luck can often be blurred. This can be a result of a combination of different incidents such as a team creating their own situations, and random, unplanned flukes.

Fluke and luck, despite being closely related, have two entirely different meanings. Fluke implies that any given event is a chance encounter with a high probability that it won’t happen again. In contrast, it’s possible for teams to make their own luck - something that Liverpool has repeatedly done throughout the season. They are the first team in the history of Europe’s top five leagues that have collected 79 points from the possible first 81 in any season. It seems highly unlikely that it would happen, but it did. It’s only fair to say then that Liverpool has had some luck on their side. The two goals that they scored to beat West Ham 3-2 is a perfect example.

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It’s not difficult to see that there was a bit of luck involved in the two goals considering the chances that led up to it. But then again, we’re talking about Liverpool. It’s something that they’ve consistently and repeatedly done throughout the season: scoring goals which look to be impossible but then, at the very last second, goes in. One can say then that Liverpool seems to bend odds in their favour for an outcome to happen.

Roberto Firmino’s late goal against Crystal Palace came about as a result of several fortunate bounces. However, many factors can be attributed to this. First, because Liverpool had forced the corner. Second, because Virgil van Dijk kept the ball alive in the six-yard box twice before Firmino simply tucked the ball into the goal.

It’s easy to forget that the mental and physical toughness football players need to maintain a consistent performance takes a heavy toll. Playing is one thing but defending against Liverpool and their sheer luck is another.

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Words: Carlos Corpus

Image: PA