Liverpool might as well come from a different stratosphere and are ruthlessly reminding people that, they’ve vanquished demons of last season, which saw them miss out on the title by one point. For the first time in three decades, Liverpool are well on course of securing a first top flight title in 30 years.
How the league has panned out so far
Liverpool are unbeaten in the 2019-20 season. They have won all of their matches and suffered only a single draw to their old adversaries Manchester United. The rest of the top six clubs have lacked consistency over the premier league campaign so far. Defending champions Manchester City have found it difficult to replicate their title-winning scintillating form of the past two seasons, that’s why they find themselves trailing Liverpool and second in the league.
The gulf in class between Liverpool and Manchester City is still a distant high when compared to the rest of the premier league teams. A recent slump in form has made Leicester city and Chelsea, who sit third and fourth respectively, to entertain the likes of Manchester United, Spurs, Wolves and Sheffield United to join the top 4 battle. Leicester City have done a great job thus far, they look set to qualify for champions league next season if they rediscover their consistency, which has somehow faded out in recent months.
Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side looked to have steadied the ship after their unwanted start to the season. As a young squad in transition, they have been up and down throughout the campaign, and they currently occupy the fourth and final qualification spot for Elite European football.
As for Ole Gunar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, he’s found it difficult to maintain momentum and consistency in his team. United hoped to build on a dream start to their campaign when the blew Chelsea away in the opening day. That maverick start proved to be a false dawn for the 20-time English champions. They have continuously struggled to replicate their dominant domestic success that they had before Sir Alex Fergusson retired in 2013. At times, this season, they’ve found themselves click into gear and pull off some remarkable wins against top-six opponents. Shockingly, they have also been punished by the lesser sides in the premier league.
Newly-promoted Sheffield United and Nuno Espirato’s Wolverhampton wanderers have seemingly had stellar campaigns. The two teams surprisingly find themselves competing for UEFA champions league and Europa League spots come next season. Arsenal have been flirting with mid-table clubs such as Brighton and Burnley in the vast majority of the campaign. The Gunner’s recent mini-resurgence has seen them crawl within touching distance.
When it comes to the bottom placed clubs in the league, Relegation threatened sides such as Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, Burnley, Westham and Norwich city are all fighting for top-flight survival.
UEFA doom City while familiar faces depart their managerial posts
Clinching the number five spot in the league this season, might prove enough to guarantee a spot in the 2020-21 champions league. This is due to the most recent verdict, which saw UEFA plonk Manchester city with a two-season ban. The Ban prevents City from participating in any European competitions for serious fissures of FFP. City have responded to the allegations as expected and an appeal has been made.
We’ve also seen various premier league coaches, shorn off their managerial responsibilities. Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspurs late last year, and was later on replaced by Jose Mourinho in the dugout. The ‘Special one’ had been out of management for a while following his fateful booting from the theatre of dreams in December 2018. Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal in December and was replaced by Former player and fan favourite Mikel Arteta. Arteta has been tasked with a huge job of stabilizing the Emirates outfit. Carlo Ancelloti, a champions league winning manager, surprised many Napoli fans as he decided to return to the premier league fold with Everton.
Verdict of the 2019-20 season
The campaign so far has been sturdy and entertaining as always. Aside from Jurgen Klopp’s men who will surely win the league title, it can be assumed that both Manchester outfits or the London clubs are already looking envious of Liverpool’s campaign. The rest of the clubs in the league will have their own different quests, blood is therefore guaranteed in the final few months of the league