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Liverpool crowned 2019/20 Premier League Champions

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Liverpool has finally ended its three decades wait for a 19th top-flight title, putting an end to the nervous wait for glory during the Covid-19 pandemic. Liverpool’s first league title was confirmed on Thursday night after Pep Guardiola’s Man City failed to win at the Stamford Bridge. Man City could not keep up with Liverpool, failing to get the away win they needed against Chelsea on Thursday night to remain in the hunt for the title. Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea before Kevin De Bruyne equalized with a stunning free-kick. However, it was all over when Willian converted from the penalty spot after Fernandinho’s red card. Liverpool’s title success is the 19th in the club’s history, moving them one behind Man United’s English record. Liverpool has an unassailable 23 points lead at the top of the table, with seven games to play. It is the earliest any team in the Premier League history has ever sealed the title. Liverpool will make the trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first time as Champions next week Thursday against Man City.

 

The records Liverpool are chasing down

Liverpool is on course for a record-breaking domestic season. There are still other smashable records in their sights.

Should they manage to do so, Jurgen Klopp and his men could find themselves among the few list of the Premier League’s most dominant title-winning sides. In smashing those records, Liverpool could cement their status as the greatest Premier League winning team in the League’s history ahead of Man United’s treble winners, Arsenal’s invincibles, Jose Mourinho’s 2004-05 Chelsea side, and Pep Guardiola’s historic 100-point title-winning Man City 2017/2018 squad. Since the Premier League’s inception in the early 90s, only three teams have won the most home points in a season, which include drawn games. Chelsea did it in 2005-06 under Jose Mourinho, Man United got there in 2010-11 under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Man City followed them in 2011-12 under Roberto Mancini. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool currently has 48 points and could go all the way to break the record by winning the remaining seven games of the season.

Another enviable record Liverpool can break and set a new one is the record for the most points in a League season. Man City set the record for most points won in a Premier League season when they amassed a century of points under Pep Guardiola in 2017-18 season.  Liverpool could finish this season with 107 points if they win all of their remaining games. This massive task looks rather simple for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Another record Jurgen Klopp’s men are chasing is the record for the most away wins. No side has won many away points as Man City did in 2017-18. They picked 50 out of 57 points. Man City drew with both Crystal Palace and Burnley and lost 4-3 against Liverpool away from home that season. Liverpool currently has 38 away points and has already drawn once with Man United, Everton, and lost 3-0 to Watford. The remaining four away matches present Klopp’s men with the chance of winning all of them. A defeat in any of these games would derail their chances of reaching this milestone.

 

What next for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?

The loopholes in Jurgen Klopp’s side were evident just before the Covid-19 pandemic. A shocking defeat to relegation-threatened Watford and elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid raised several questions about the Liverpool side.

We take a look at some positions where the Champions need to improve in the forthcoming season. Liverpool’s Premier League campaign suffered a significant setback at the beginning of the season following a severe injury to first-choice keeper Alison Becker. The second-choice keeper Adrian did a pretty good job in Alisson’s absence. Though Adrian made some good saves in the absence of Alisson, he also made some horrible and unpardonable mistakes. Adrian kept just three clean sheets in nine Premier League starts. Adrian might be a good backup option. However, if Liverpool wishes to upgrade their level consistently to challenge for all titles every year, they surely need a much better backup. Another area Liverpool need to look at is the center-back position.

The team needs a strong center-back to partner Virgil Van Dijk. The losses against Watford and Atletico Madrid placed a significant emphasis on that area. Van Dijk is the best center-back in the world, but football is a team game. In both games against Athletico, Diego Simeone’s side targeted the second central defender alongside Van Dijk in their respective victories and succeeded. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are inconsistent, while Dejan Lovren’s Liverpool career is coming to an end. If Klopp can bring in a defender who is even 65% of what Van Dijk is, they can combine to make one of the most reliable defensive back lines in the world. Another prominent area they need to address this summer is the forward position, which requires quality and depth. It’s a significant gamble to rely on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohammed Salah. Liverpool must ensure there are quality backups and rotational options available to replace the lethal front trio in case of injuries, fatigue, and fluctuation in form.

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