Liverpool can’t blame burnout if they blow the title…

Date published: Friday 11th January 2019 8:43

Much has been made recently of how clubs fighting for the Premier League title can cope with their workload. Gary Neville advised Liverpool to chuck in the Champions League to concentrate on the Premier League and though they refused to listen to that advice, Jurgen Klopp’s changes in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup – which led to defeats to Chelsea and Wolves at the first hurdle of each competition – suggest he is wary of overloading his players.

He need not worry now.

As it stands, the maximum number of games Liverpool will play this season is fewer than the minimum that Manchester City will compete in, and the Reds’ heaviest schedule would match Tottenham’s lightest possible workload. Supposing Klopp’s men go all the way to the Champions League final, they would still play fewer games City, even if Pep Guardiola’s side makes the swiftest possible exits from all the cup competitions in which they remain – though we are operating on the presumption that Burton won’t win by 10 in their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

History also suggests Klopp has little to fear from fatigue. Liverpool are guaranteed to play fewer games this season than any of the 13 Premier League teams that won the title in the last 15 seasons while competing in Europe.

 

Liverpool’s workload
Minimum number of games they will play this season: 48 (38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Maximum number of games they will play this season: 53 (38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Number of players used: 25

Manchester City’s workload
Minimum number of games: 55 (38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 2 FA Cup, 6 League Cup, 1 Community Shield)
Maximum number of games: 64 games (38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 6 FA Cup, 6 League Cup, 1 Community Shield)
Number of players used: 28

Tottenham’s workload
Minimum number of games: 53 (38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 2 FA Cup, 5 League Cup)
Maximum number of games: 63 (38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 6 FA Cup, 6 League Cup)
Number of players used: 29

 

How does Liverpool’s likely workload compare to previous Premier League champions?
Two of the last three title winners have been able to focus on their domestic campaigns without the distraction of Europe. But over the last 15 seasons, every other Premier League champion has had to fight on home and European fronts. These are the numbers since 2003/04:

The average number of games played by Premier League champions: 56

The average number of games played by the 13 teams to win the Premier League title while competing in Europe: 58

Highest number of games played by a Premier League title winner: 66 – Manchester United, 2008-09

Fewest number of games played by a Premier League title winner: 43 – Leicester City, 2015-16

Average number of players used in all competitions by Premier League title winners: 29

Average number of players used in all competitions by Premier League title winners competing in Europe: 30

 

The workload of every Premier League title-winning side in the last 15 years:

17-18: Manchester City – 58 games
38 Premier League, 10 Champions League, 3 FA Cup, 6 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 27

16-17: Chelsea – 47 games
38 Premier League, 6 FA Cup, 3 League Cup
Players used: 24

15-16: Leicester City – 43 games
38 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 3 League Cup
Players used: 27

14-15: Chelsea – 54 games
38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 2 FA Cup, 6 League Cup
Players used: 26

13-14: Manchester City – 57 games
38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 5 FA Cup, 6 League Cup
Players used: 25

12-13: Manchester United – 54 games
38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 6 FA Cup, 2 League Cup
Players used: 32

11-12: Manchester City – 55 games
38 Premier League games, 6 Champions League, 4 Europa League, 1 FA Cup, 5 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 29

10-11: Manchester United – 60 games
38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 5 FA Cup, 3 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 31

09-10: Chelsea – 56 games
38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 6 FA Cup, 3 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 30

08-09: Manchester United –  66 games
38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 2 FIFA Club World Cup, 5 FA Cup, 6 League Cup, 1 Community Shield, 1 UEFA Super Cup
Players used: 36

07-08: Manchester United – 57 games
38 Premier League, 13 Champions League, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 30

06-07: Manchester United – 60 games
38 Premier League, 12 Champions League, 8 FA Cup, 2 League Cup
Players used: 31

05-06: Chelsea -54 games
38 Premier League, 8 Champions League, 6 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 27

04-05: Chelsea – 59 games
38 Premier League, 12 Champions League, 3 FA Cup, 6 League Cup
Players used: 29

03-04: Arsenal – 59 games
38 Premier League, 10 Champions League, 5 FA Cup, 5 League Cup, 1 Community Shield
Players used: 34


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