Premier League title and top-four race analysed – The Athletic

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After narrowly missing out to Manchester City in May 2019, Jurgen Klopp ventured that his Liverpool team would have to be “very close to perfection” to win the Premier League title the following season.

They rose to his challenge, setting off at an extraordinary pace, winning 26 of their first 27 matches of the campaign, and secured the title with seven games to spare. With the job done, they eased off slightly but they still finished with 99 points, a standard surpassed only by Manchester City’s “centurions” two years earlier. Over a three-year period, the title was won with 100, 98 and 99 points, a level that was closer to perfection than anything we had seen in English football’s top-flight before.

This season is proving a different matter. Manchester City dropped as many points in the first 11 games as they did in the whole of their record-breaking 2017-18 campaign. By match-day 16, Liverpool had dropped as many points as they…

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