What might be wrong with Liverpool in the Premier League title race?

Liverpool looks like a title-winning team, but there will be challenges to come just a quarter of the way through the Premier League season-starting with Sunday's Manchester City.
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Jurgen Klopp's side has a six-point lead over City after 11 games, but they face a pivotal time of travel and a heavy schedule with increased attention on Anfield.
Was winning theirs? And what is Klopp going to be careful of in the months to come? We're looking at what might be wrong with Liverpool ...
Klopp has said it regularly-in the season of Liverpool, November and December could be the hardest months.
They could face their toughest test on Sunday with title rivals Man City but that Super Sunday battle sets off a string of potentially 14 games in 54 days through to the January 2 Anfield match with Sheffield United with a mid-run Club World Cup in Qatar and a rescheduled game with West Ham to fit in elsewhere.
Neither does Klopp see the international break as a rest. It's a time when most of his players are out of his influence, traveling around the world, and at the mercy of the practice and fitness schedules of others.
Some senior players may be playing a game every 3.6 days in that period, including those two international games.
Liverpool has six home games in the nine Premier League games between now and the third round of the FA Cup in early January, but faces two of the current top four in Man City (home) and Leicester (away).
But it's no good for Town. The champions have five home games out of 10 in the same time and face opposition with a score of 8.7, including Liverpool (away), Chelsea (home), Man Utd (home), Arsenal (away) and Leicester (home). A blip will come-it always does, and City definitely already has one-but Liverpool must expect to limit their length and intensity.

Over the past 18 months, the blame levied on Liverpool has often been: "What if one of the front three gets injured?" Divock Origi is able to step in with his knack for important goals, and that's the free positions of the front three, losing one shouldn't affect the other two.
But until after the international break with Joel Matip, Liverpool has a question. In the early October win over Leicester, Dejan Lovren joined superbly, but looked uncomfortable against Tottenham and was regularly trapped against Aston Villa by Wesley.
He was preferred to 22-year-old Joe Gomez, who now claims Klopp has "no issues" after recovering from a broken leg, although there is some confusion in the German's mind as to who should be Van Dijk's partner.

Talking of injuries, City definitely had its own.

David Silva joined Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko as last weekend's new casualty, while Ederson is concerned after he limped off midweek and Aymeric Laporte was a huge long-term miss.
Despite the injuries, Guardiola claims they don't intend to buy in January, although it's uncertain if it's his own choice or the club's.

"I don't think we're going to buy. The club didn't introduce me to the players they thought would help us, so it won't happen without that."
City has the enviable luxury of being able to move freely between Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, and if they stay in touch with Liverpool by the time their defense returns to full strength, it would be a huge plus.
Wenty-nine becomes 30 in May, and those Liverpool fans who last season allowed themselves to dream of a first championship in almost three decades, this time around, will have sworn to secrecy.

Between match-going Liverpool fans, there's not much title talk; they're 11 games in and look fantastic, but they've been here before.
After the victory over Tottenham, there was a moment in the post-match interview with Sky Sports where Sadio Mane spoke about wanting to win the trophy, before cheekily looking at Jordan Henderson for support, only for the Liverpool skipper to change the subject quickly.
And Klopp, having recently answered a query about the title, was firm in his position that it would change so quickly.
"We have to play very, really well. We're on 28 points now, blah blah, but you have to think what would have happened if we had lost today, how the problems would have been." He's right, the eight-point lead has become six, and could easily have become three, all within a fortnight's time.
It seems title talk is at least publicly opposed to the Anfield rules.

Yet they can't complain about title questions being ordinary. We had the long-awaited first Manchester United in 1993, we had Blackburn, we had Jose Mourinho, we had Pep Guardiola, we had the Invincibles, we had more United domination and Leicester.
Liverpool appears to be the last big storyline in Premier League history to win the Premier League. Many would love to see it, many wouldn't, and that's why so much attention is being paid to Anfield.
There's still no nervousness on the Kop. As Gary Neville said last month on Sky Sports, they have a real trust on their side from this Liverpool crowd. That's enormous; winning from behind, or when things don't go your way, is a must for any winning side of the title and is often powered from the stands.

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