It’s been a long time coming for Liverpool fans but finally it looks like the Premier League trophy may be heading Merseyside for the first time in 30 years. Despite coming so close in recent season, the Reds have had to settle for second best behind their two main League rivals, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Going into the 2019/20 season, Manchester City were the favourites after beating Liverpool to the title by a point on the final day of the 2018/19 season. It was the best title race recent Premier League memory with Manchester City finishing on 98 points.
Last season, Manchester City only slipped up with two draws and four loses across the whole campaign. Fast forward to today and just 24 games into the new season, they have drawn three and lost five. This means they’ll be nowhere near that 98 points total come May. In fact, even if they won all of the remaining games, they would still only end up on 93 points. And as for Manchester United, well they’ll be lucky if they have a manager at the end of the season!
Liverpool on the other hand have been fantastic. They have played 22 and won 21, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. Plus they still have two games in hand over Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea. Potentially that means a possible 70 points from 24 games. City are on 51. At this rate, they are on course for a staggering 112 points which is predicated on them winning all of their remaining 16 games.
This would smash the Premier League points record which is currently held by Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus gave City a 0-1 win over Southampton in the last game of the 2017/18 which resulted in a seasonal total of 100 points.
If Liverpool can win the rest of their games, they would join Arsenal (2003/04) as the only other side to go a whole Premier League season without losing. Looking at the next few upcoming games, only Wolves away looks even mildly dicey for the Reds.
But if both Liverpool and Manchester City stay on track and maintain their winning ways, Liverpool could actually win the 2019/20 Premier League at The Etihad.
Taking the crown from the defending Champions, on their home turf, would certainly make for entertaining afternoon of sport. City are scheduled to take on Liverpool on the 4th April which is the same day as the 2020 Grand National in Liverpool, suggesting that the game could be moved to the following day. The title could be decided at the Etihad because a win for Klopp’s side would put them 23 points ahead of Man City with six games to go.
This won’t be easy as City are still a very good side and will relish the opportunity to break Liverpool’s unbeaten run. But the road ahead for City is a tough one. Between now and when they’re due to play Liverpool, City take on Tottenham Hotspurs, Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League.
If they do drop points, Liverpool could wrap up the title even sooner. But surely beating Pep and his team of superstars at their own ground would be worth the wait.