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sports briefs | Liverpool are English champions for the first time in 30 years and they’ve set all sorts of records along the way.
FOR THE RECORD!
It’s official … after a 30 year wait Liverpool have been crowned Premier League Champions! Like a Pamela Anderson divorce we all knew it was coming but had to wait for the inevitable to be confirmed. Just how dominant were the Reds this season and what do they still have left to play for?
Earliest to seal title: Liverpool set the record for winning the title with seven games left in the season eclipsing Man United (2000/01) and Man City’s (2017/18) joint record of becoming champs with five games left.
Most home wins in a row: Liverpool are currently on 23 straight home victories, well ahead of Man City’s 20 straight home wins record.
Most wins in a season: Liverpool need 5 wins from their remaining 7 matches to beat Man City’s record of 32 wins in a season.
Most points in a season: The Reds need 15 points from a possible 21 to beat Man City’s record of 100 points in a season.
Biggest winning margin: The previous biggest winning margin was 19 points set again by Man City but Liverpool are on track to cover that as they are currently 23 points in the clear.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: While Arsenal’s 2003/2004 “Invincibles” team went unbeaten throughout the season, they “only” ended up with 90 points (26 wins, 12 draws) … Liverpool are 2 wins away from eclipsing that points tally with 7 games left. That shows how dominant Liverpool have been and they now have the opportunity of recording the greatest ever season. I reckon Jurgen Klopp will up for that.
BUT WAIT … THERE’S MORE!
Like a TV infomercial, the news for Liverpool fans just keeps getting better. Similar to the legendary Man United teams under Sir Alex Ferguson, all the building blocks are in place to ensure that this season will be no flash in the pan. Jurgen Klopp has a contract until 2024, all their key players (excluding Georginio Wijnaldum) have at least two years of their contracts remaining, there are some promising youngsters coming through in Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, there is money in the bank and a new £50mln training ground on the way. If you are not sold yet, pick up the phone now and start dialling because there is more … Liverpool have a few big name targets on their list for next season including the likes of Kylian Mbappe.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: No, I am not a Liverpool fan, but you have to admire greatness when you see it. If managed correctly, success breeds success and you have to ask yourself who wouldn’t want to join the current best club in the world?
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGERS FOR NEXT SEASON?
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Pep Guardiola himself has acknowledged that his team failed to match the passion that Liverpool have exhibited this season. That said, anyone who has watched Man City this season knows that they are not as far off as the points differential in the league standings suggest … the table does lie … sometimes. Until this latest round of fixtures, Man City had the same goal average as Liverpool (+45) and while the title is decided by points and not by goal difference, it nevertheless reflects how dominant Man City have been vs most opponents. Pep knows that his team lacks the balance that Liverpool has and that starts with his defence. John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not top centre backs, the injury to Ayumeric Laporte and Man City’s subsequent defensive issues showed this loud and clear.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: If Man City can buy two top class central defenders, then they have the ability to push Liverpool all the way next season. Improving and rebuilding Man United and Chelsea will battle it out for 3rd but we see next season as another intriguing 2-pony race.
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