Some people will say I have been a little obsessed with Liverpool this season. My constant pointing out that we are above them this weekend, despite according to the press them being the best side since a team of Allied prisoners of drew 4-4 with a German team in 1981.
My comments have been partly in jest, but also to point out the influence the media have on peoples opinions and the fact that brilliant Liverpool are behind Arsenal, and only a single point ahead of crisis club (according to the media) Chelsea.
Liverpool are massively overhyped, and I have no shame in continually pointing it out. Then a few days ago this was published: Premier League front-runners: Who has what it takes to finish top?
Within the pointless article created just to generate hits (which I have then increased by linking to it within this blog), was a comment about Liverpool:
Yes, you read that right, Jurgen Klopp, apparently, has the Premier League’s most exciting team at his disposal.
28 goals have been scored in Liverpool’s games this season. The league high. So on paper, with Liverpool 4th, they must be lighting up the Premier League. But then 10 of those have been goals conceded by Liverpool. So it is not as much Liverpool playing exciting football, more that they are involved in exciting games due to an inability to defend.
This weeks 0-0 draw with Man U was the first time this season they had kept a clean sheet in the league. And 13 of the 18 goals they have scored this season have been in just 3 games. And in only 2 of the 8 games have they won by more than a single goal.
Moving on so I do not look too obsessed, the comments in the Mail about Liverpool got me thinking. Who actually does have the most exciting team in the Premier League.
Now to narrow it down, let’s look at the front 4, as essentially, that is where the magic happens:
Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling
Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi
Tottenham: Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Ericksen
Liverpool: Firmino, Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana
Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar
Everton: Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley
Man U: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Starting at the top, Manchester City’s front 4, when fit, is electric. Pace, power and precision. Expensively assembled, there is not a weak link.
In Sanchez and Ozil, Arsenal have 2 players who can rival Aguero and de Bruyne in terms of ability and influence. Theo Walcott is in the form of his life and Alex Iwobi is the most exciting youngster in the Premier League.
Tottenham’s front four is a mixture of flicks, tricks and free kicks. Son is like a poor mans Sanchez. Like Liverpool, they have been described recently as the most exciting team in the Premier League, but with 13 scored and just 4 conceded, they are a side built on defending, not attacking.
As for Liverpool, it just screams out average. Firmino is a good player, but not where near as good as Aguero and Sanchez. Coutinho is the most overrated player in the league who scores the odd wonder goal, but does very little else in terms of output. Sadio Mane is streaky, and Lallana is average.
Diego Costa is currently the Premier League top scorer. Eden Hazard is still failing to hit the heights of a few years ago. And Willian is like Coutinho, scores a few wonder goals.
Everton’s front 4 is actually interesting. In Lukaku they have someone who really should be playing at a higher level. Bolaise is exciting to watch, but doesn’t score or assist many. Good for the highlights reel and Soccer AM crowd. I have always like Mirallas, and Ross Barkley is another one who will score the odd great goal, but is inconsistent.
On paper, Man U have a group of exciting players and exciting youth. By Ibrahimovic is past it and struggling with the pace of the Premier League, the most excitement Pogba has delivered this season is in his adverts and hair cuts, Martial is a talent, and Rashford is highly rated due to his passport (imagine if Iwobi was still English?).
So who has the most exciting players at their disposal in the Premier League? For me it is Manchester City. Hot on their tails Arsenal: