Liverpool’s Road Map to the Premier League Victory
Liverpool entered the current season with high expectations that they could finally end their lengthy wait for a top division title. Amazingly, they were also looking for their first Premier league title since it was founded back in 1992.
Throughout this period they have had a vast amount of success in Europe, which is why it has been such a shock that they have failed to deliver a domestic championship.
This includes them winning the 2019 Champions league, following the 2-0 final victory against Premier league rivals Tottenham.
That also meant a sixth European cup victory, as they further cemented themselves as the winning most side in the competition from England and the Premier league.
Last season was also a near miss for Liverpool in the Premier league, as they missed out on the title by just a point from champions Manchester City, with the title race going down to the final game of the season. Both sides continued their winning form, so it was Manchester City who again won the title and went into the current campaign as the overwhelming favourites to pick up a third in succession.
Liverpool on the other hand had just picked up 97 points from their 38 fixtures, winning 30, drawing seven and losing just once. That meant they were very hopeful that they could go one better this season and finally end the 30 year wait for another top division title, something that was proving a popular bet amongst seasoned punters.
Liverpool opened the current season with a home fixture against Norwich City. They carried on from where they left off last season and produced a stunning attacking display to win 4-1. They then followed this up with four further victories, that included an impressive 3-1 home success over Arsenal. Liverpool continued their winning start to the season with three further victories against other sides at the top of the table.
This started with a 2-1 away victory over Chelsea, in what was a battling performance against two very well matched sides. Following this, they won 1-0 away at Sheffield United. The latter again proving a tough team to beat and are still in the hunt for European places with just a few games remaining this season. That is also a side who were the favourites for relegation at the start of the campaign, further backing up just how impressive they have been. Liverpool then beat Leicester City 2-1 at home, in what was a top of the table clash at the time. The latter also remain in a positive position for Champions league qualification, despite the recent slump in form.
Liverpool’s winning start to the season then came to an end, as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. It appeared they were heading for defeat, only for Adam Lallana to net a late equaliser with just five minutes left to play. This was more than deserved, with Liverpool controlling the match and creating much the better chances.
Liverpool then returned to winning ways with another impressive 2-1 victory over Tottenham. They then following this up with a 2-1 away victory against Aston Villa, before the much anticipated clash against champions Manchester City at Anfield. Liverpool were looking to send a message to City and had already built up a lead. They produced a dominant performance from the off, going 3-0 up before a late equaliser. The victory meant they pulled nine points clear at the top of the table and were made the strong favourites to go on and land the title, as City continued to drop points and draw further behind in the defence of the title.
That victory pushed Liverpool on for what proved to be a title winning period of form. They picked up four further victories, that included beating rivals Everton 5-2 at home. This brought them into a top of the table clash against Leicester City. Liverpool again proved their dominance, winning 4-0 away from home, with Leicester failing to produce a single shot on target. Liverpool then continued their remarkable unbeaten run this season in the Premier league with five further victories. That included 1-0 victories over Wolves, Everton and Tottenham, before a 2-0 home victory against Manchester United. The latter was a key victory and a point that people were now all but handing Liverpool the title, as they were now winners in waiting.
Liverpool then won the following five matches in succession, before moving into the clash against Watford. Liverpool had been so dominant throughout the season and looked like they could be in the process of emulating Arsenal in remaining undefeated throughout an entire season. However, they were then surprisingly beaten 3-0 away at relegation battling Watford. This saw Ismaila Sarr net a brace, as Liverpool could only produce one shot on target over 90 minutes, despite finishing with 70% of possession. They did however return to winning ways the following match, with a battling 2-1 victory against Bournemouth at Anfield.
The next Premier league fixture was set to be the much anticipated Merseyside Derby against Everton. But we saw the rising crises of the coronavirus pandemic, with endless sporting events cancelled or postponed and the Premier league was not spared. It meant the sports entertainment business had to be ground to a halt, which was difficult news for both fans and punters, in what is one of the most popular betting events in the world. It saw a major shift from the latter, with rising numbers and near record figures of players looking to access online casinos and gaming platforms. These further added to the popularity of these online casinos, with people stuck in lockdowns and these providing a great means for entertainment, with sport continuing to be on the side lines.
This period of no sport went on for some time, before the Premier league was finally given the green light to return, with a provisional restart date. That meant the three month wait was over and it was even more sweet for Liverpool fans, who were just a few games away from the title. All Premier league games would have to be played without spectators, which is also something that is being implemented by virtually all sports that have returned around the world.
The rescheduled derby was next and you could tell each side were returning from a lengthy lay-off, as they played out a rather boring 0-0 draw. However, Liverpool then returned to winning ways with a very impressive 4-0 home victory against Crystal Palace. Both Mane and Salah again netted for the side, with both being so key in their push for the title this season. In this period, Manchester City were beaten against Chelsea, which meant that Liverpool could not be caught mathematically and won their first top flight title in 30 years. The wait was finally over for Liverpool fans.
Liverpool have been much deserved winners of the Premier league this season, as they have been head and shoulders above any other side. But there is no doubting just how poor Manchester City have been in comparison to previous years, as they have lost nine matches to date, which is three more than the previous two winning seasons combined. There is no doubt they will now be looking to regain their championship next season and it sets up for another fascinating duel between the two dominant Premier league sides at present. Manchester City have also sent a message to Liverpool with an impressive 4-0 home victory against them just a few weeks ago.
Can Liverpool win another Premier league title next season? Or do you think it will be another for Manchester City?