Leicester City’s improbable ascent to the top of the Premier League brings back memories of Liverpool’s unlikely title challenge back in the 2013/14 season.
However, there is one big difference – the Midlands outfit won’t choke in the same way the Merseysiders did.
Here are three reasons why the Foxes aren’t set for a similar fate.
Response to defeats
The Foxes haven’t lost back-to-back games all season and on the three occasions they have been defeated they came back strongly.
Firstly, following a 5-2 loss to Arsenal, they won two and drew one of their next three games, then after that they drew two and won one following a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Their most recent loss once again came at the hands of the Gunners, but they haven’t lost since and have won five of their six outings.
Conversely, the Reds suffered consecutive losses to Manchester City and Chelsea in December during their failed title bid and particularly fell apart when their nine-game winning streak came to an end.
The Blues once again did the damage on that occasion, with a 2-0 victory, before Liverpool threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace and all-but end their championship aspirations.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six Premier League outings, bringing their total for the season to 13.
Conversely, Brendan Rodgers’ outfit only managed three shutouts in their final 14 top-flight fixtures and let in 50 goals throughout the campaign.
Their defensive frailties were particularly noticeable in the games with Chelsea and Palace that ultimately ended up costing them the title.
Liverpool’s bid for the Premier League was fuelled the combined 54 goals of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who contributed to half of their overall tally.
In contrast, the aforementioned solidity built by Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Simpson, Christian Fuchs and Kasper Schmeichel has been as integral for the Foxes as the goalscoring exploits of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Similarly, the work done by N’Golo Kante, who has the second most interceptions in the league, has been a massive factor in Leicester topping the table.
Furthermore, Vardy hasn’t scored in the last six games and Mahrez has only hit the back of the net twice, but Ranieri’s outfit haven’t lost in that time.