On a season where it will be 30 years since Liverpool’s last Premier League title, the dream of their fans of celebrating the most important trophy in the country once again is beginning to gain shame with an extraordinary start to the season from the team of the city of the Beatles.
Securing an advantage to avoid repeating what happened in previous seasons
Despite being far from the Premier League title for a couple of years, the truth is that Liverpool was already close to winning it on some occasions, namely during the period where Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard were at the club, or more recently in the last season, when the team led by Jurgen Klopp wasted a 5-points advantage over Manchester City already during the 2nd half of the season.
Now, the season started in absolutely perfect fashion for the Reds that count with 8 victories on the 8 matches played in this competition, something that gains even more relevance when we combine it with the slip-ups that the current two-time champions Manchester City have been having at this early stage of the Premier League.
Guardiola’s Citizens with some hiccups
While Liverpool has been a pragmatical team above everything when they need to secure victories, Manchester City has been alternating between true attacking festivals with a lot of goals and poor displays where they end up unexpectedly dropping points.
That’s what happened on the loss in Norwich on the 5th round, against a team that, since then, has gotten 3 consecutive losses and already sits in the penultimate place of the league table, and that happened again on the weekend, this time on the reception to Wolverhampton.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s team defended well and perfectly explored the defensive weaknesses of the Citizens already at the final stage of the match to ensure only their 2nd victory in the Premier League, certainly on a duel where they would be far from believing they could win and, simultaneously, silencing the most ferocious attack of English football.
Now, the Citizens are suddenly 8 points away from the leaders Liverpool after only 8 rounds, and that opens up a big gap between the first and 2nd places of the Premier League.
Naturally, there is still a lot of rounds left, but City needs to stop slipping up from game to game, stabilizing their play and, essentially being more pragmatical and efficient every time the matches justify it.
New favourites to the title in England
As a consequence of this difference in terms of points between leaders and vice-leaders, Liverpool is finally considered the number 1 favourites to winning the Premier League, with odds of 1.68 on 1xbet, with Manchester City now being priced at 2.25 in 2nd place of the list, followed by Arsenal at 101.00 and Chelsea at 126.00 at a seemingly impossible scenario.
But will Klopp’s Liverpool be finally prepared to withstand the media pressure inherent to the possibility of accomplishing something that is truly important for the club?
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On the last season, a small slowdown from the team on 3 consecutive away matches was enough (3 draws) for them to let the lead slip away, and consequently the title for City, so therefore, even with 8 more points than their main rival, it is natural that fans, manager and players are well aware of the need to avoid going into hubris or an excess of anxiety, because that’s the only way for them to manage and maintain this excellent advantage they currently have.
International break favours the Citizens
The English football will now be stopped during 15 days for the international break and that can even be beneficial for City, since they can digest the unexpected loss at home against Wolves in order to return to competition with a fresh face.
Liverpool will play on the following day at Old Trafford, and if playing at this stadium was something scary for the rivals previously, the same can’t be said right now, with Manchester United being a mere shadow of what they were during the glory days with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The team led by the pressured manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only conquered 9 points in 8 rounds of the Premier League, already being 12 points away from the leaders Liverpool, which means it isn’t surprising to see that the European champions are the clear favourites to win at the Theatre of Dreams, with odds of 1.80 according to Bet365.
As people usually say, “it’s still early days”. However, there is the idea that for now, only Liverpool are on the right path to achieve glory on the current edition of the famous and highly competitive Premier League.