Gary Linker is the latest footballing icon to claim the Premier League title race is over before the halfway mark following Manchester City’s collapse at Wolves.
The Premier League champions surrendered a two-goal lead as Nuno Espirito Santo’s team came back from the dead to move one point off the top-four.
City’s goalkeeper Ederson was sent off after 11 minutes before Raheem Sterling scored twice to put Pep Guardiola’s 10-men in the ascendancy until Adama Traore, Raúl Jiménez and Matt Doherty completed the comeback to inflict the Citizen’s fifth league defeat of the season.
Nuno became the first Premier League manager since Antonio Conte to complete a league double over Guardiola following the miraculous win.
Meanwhile, Liverpool remain 13 points clear at the top of the league summit (still with a game in hand) following their 4-0 victory at Leicester City on Boxing Day. After dismantling Lineker’s boyhood team, the BBC and BT Sports’ pundit labelled the title race as good as done.
Congratulations to @LFC on winning their first ever Premier League title.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 27, 2019
Following City’s latest defeat, Lineker simply wrote: “Congratulations @LFC on winning their first-ever Premier League title.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool will be taking nothing for granted and neither will the fans. There is a reason that a league title has eluded the club for 30 years and anything can happen in football.
However, it’s important to reflect just how remarkably the Reds have performed this season. Jurgen Klopp’s team have only dropped two points since March and currently 36 Premier League matches unbeaten.
The European champions have claimed 52 points from a potential 54. To put that into perspective, City have already dropped 19 points this season and have lost six league games since Liverpool were defeated at the Etihad Stadium.
Some will fail to believe it’s over until the famous trophy is delicately placed in Jordan Henderson’s hands. Despite this, Liverpool have emerged as arguably the most formidable side in world football currently and it certainly will take something special to top them.