Collymore's 5 Reasons Why Liverpool Will Win the Premier League Title
There was always going to be a vacuum in the Premier League this season, with Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Manchester United in a rebuilding phase.
Liverpool have taken advantage. They have four games left, and Brendan Rodgers' team have everything in place to win a first championship in 24 years. I strongly believe they'll do it.
Here are five powerful, very real reasons why Liverpool will bring home the Holy Grail this season.
The emotion of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster has been overwhelming.
Having sat on the Kop for two seasons and heard the names read out in the annual memorial service, I have felt the huge kinship between Liverpool supporters and the players and coaches.
Rodgers fully understands there is a thread that links Hillsborough with Liverpool's success on the field—that the players want to mark this anniversary by doing it on the pitch.
The desire of Liverpool's players to honour the memory of those who never came home from Hillsborough is a powerful driving force.
2. No European Distractions
Some people will say this one is a red herring, but it's not. Liverpool not being involved in European football this season has been a huge help to their Premier League title quest.
Getting on a plane on a Tuesday to go to Rubin Kazan or Anzhi Makhachkala means less coaching time and more fatigue for the players. You repeat that 12 or 15 times in a season and you get injuries.
It's a massive bonus that Liverpool have not had that distraction.
3. More Time at Melwood
Liverpool's training complex at Melwood is superb, with everything you could possibly need to coach players and achieve the highest standards.
With so much time on his hands this season, Rodgers has been hands-on with his players and given attention to the smallest details. Those man hours truly matter.
When you have an intelligent coach focusing on every facet of his team's performance, you get results.
4. Positive Coaching
I've interviewed Rodgers several times at length this season. His philosophy is simple. It's not carrot and stick with him, it's just the carrot.
He gives players positive reinforcement at every opportunity. He gives them responsibility to express themselves like kids playing on the playground. One time out of 10 that might lead to a mistake, but the other nine can score you a goal or create an opportunity.
Liverpool's prolific form this season is down to the faith Rodgers is putting in his players. His approach breeds self-belief and gets the very best out of his men. You only need to watch Daniel Sturridge this season to see that in evidence.
5. The Gerrard Factor
Liverpool players can only be inspired to see Steven Gerrard alongside them in the dressing room.
Gerrard has been a hero for many of those younger players—the likes of Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan—and it's a footballing crime he hasn't won a title in his career.
Those players are hearing his voice in his changing room and on the pitch. They want desperately to ensure he achieves a lifetime ambition, and that is pushing an extra 10 percent out of them.
They want to win this title for Gerrard.