2018 marked a significant year for the Premier League. It was supposed to be the beginning of a golden age for one English club in particular. Having made history following their record-breaking top-flight points tally of 100 it appeared to be just the beginning of an era of unrivalled Manchester City dominance.
None of Pep Guardiola’s rivals could lay a glove on the current Premier League holders. City had the best manager, the best resources and the greatest cash-inflow – they were becoming an unstoppable force.
However, as the famous Heath Ledger quote goes when: ‘an unstoppable force meets an immovable object’. For years, this so-called immovable object was yet to stand in the way of Guardiola and his methods. Many had threatened but none were able to conjure a sustainable blueprint that could outwit the genius that is the Catalonia head-coach.
Liverpool at the time had found themselves 25 points behind the league-winners after Jurgen Klopp had successfully guided the Reds back into the top-four for a second consecutive season by the skin of his teeth.
Richard Scudamore had lamented how one team could become so superior to all their foes and called for a collective effort to help prevent such a gargantuan gulf in class reoccurring for a second time.
The following season saw Liverpool push the City machine right to the brink as Guardiola reigned supreme in England for a second time after securing back-to-back titles by a solitary point.
It was an unquantifiable blow for the Reds to miss out on the holy grail by such slim margins. What hurt, even more, was that notoriously, Liverpool regress following such a gruelling set-back in the Premier League title race.
Never before, had a Reds team risen from the heartache and gone that one step better following such a mental and physical body blow. However, the resilience of this team is unprecedented as Liverpool challenged history to have another tilt at the prize Kopites crave more than anything.
Guardiola is currently trailing the unbeaten Reds by a staggering 22 points with Liverpool now destined to end the 30-year wait for a league title. It’s by far the biggest margin the former Barcelona boss has seen between a title rival in his 12 years in management.
The City boss then conceded his era of dominance to the usurper Klopp after publically conceding the title following City’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham with Guardiola labelling Liverpool an ‘unstoppable’ force.
The unstoppable force that was once City has finally encountered the immovable object they never saw coming.