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Liverpool show they have resolve to retain title in season of trench warfare | Jonathan Wilson

This gritty win was as impressive in its own way as the 4-0 romp at the King Power that defined last season’s title chargeRetaining the title is hard,

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This gritty win was as impressive in its own way as the 4-0 romp at the King Power that defined last season’s title charge

Retaining the title is hard, proverbially harder than winning it the first time – although that clearly to an extent depends on what you’re up against. But if Liverpool do become the 27th side in English league history successfully to defend their crown, they will have done so in conditions more different to the initial success than any of their predecessors. Quarter of the way through the season, their record unbeaten home run extended to 64 games, they are level on points with the leaders and, despite all their injuries, look by far the most likely winners.

Liverpool’s last game against Leicester was their signature performance of last season, a 4-0 win at the King Power Stadium on December 26 that was not just an emphatic dismissal of the team who, mathematically at least, were their closest title rivals at the time, but a distillation of everything that is best about the Jürgen Klopp style.

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