Liverpool have an absolutely massive lead at the top of the table, at the time of writing the gap is 19 points with the leaders having a game in hand and expected to restore the lead to 22 points with a win over West Ham. Manchester City have built up an awful penalty record this season and it helps explain The Reds’ lead at the top.

Manchester City have an awful penalty record this season and it helps explain the Liverpool lead.

Manchester City have an awful penalty record this season and it helps explain the Liverpool lead. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This Saturday saw City controversially edge past Leicester City at the King Power Stadium with a 1-0 win.

There was much controversy after Manchester City were awarded a penalty in the second half for a Dennis Praet handball.

Whilst it was a nailed on penalty, the hosts were denied their own spot kick for the same thing in the first half when the ball struck Kevin De Bruyne’s arm.

Both players raised their arm and turned away as the ball approached, yet Leicester were the only side penalised.

However, City went on to miss from the spot. This failure was the Citizens’ fourth this season, meaning they’ve now missed more penalties than they’ve scored this season.

City’s penalty conversion ratio is now 42.9% in the Premier League this season. Liverpool have scored all five of their penalties in the league.

 

These records go some way to explaining the gap at the top as it speaks to the mental strength of the two sides.

Jürgen Klopp has famously dubbed his side the ‘Mentality Monsters’, the lads of more than earned the moniker this season.

Late wins over Aston Villa and Leicester City have demonstrated the strength in character The Reds have. City on the other hand have squandered leads, such as their capitulation against Wolves.

City’s shocking penalty record is a symptom of their mental frailty, this frailty has bled into many aspects of their game this season and it has led to dropped points; they are the Mentality Minnows.

The Reds on the other hand have fought to the death to grab late winners and hold on for tight victories, netting every penalty along the way; they are the Mentality Monsters.

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