Liverpool must focus on beating Manchester City in order to lift the Premier League title next season.
The Reds lost out on the 2018/19 title by a single point – 97 to City’s 98. While it’s easy to look back on where an extra two points could have been gained (Everton, Manchester United….) one result looks obvious.
Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City on January 3rd was only a slight one but it swung the title race. Take out the results against one another and Liverpool actually had a better record.
But that one defeat was all the difference.
The other 36 games ended up not playing a role and while Liverpool bettered City over them, it wasn’t enough to overturn that one result. Even drawing it would have seen Jurgen Klopp’s side as champions.
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And that’s why it holds the key for next season. Ending up on the unfortunate end of the two fixtures against one another puts you at a disadvantage.
It means things are out of your own hands, relying on other teams to win against your rivals to put you back in front.
In it’s current state, the Premier League is no place to rely on that. Both Liverpool and City are so far in front over everyone else that winning every game is almost conceivable. Neither team has dropped a single point since March 3rd, after all.
If Liverpool want to win that title, they simply must better City when they meet next season.