Liverpool won the league by a country mile last year. The Reds stormed to their first title in 30 years, winning by 18 points come the end of the season. Manchester City were the closest challengers, if you can call them that. This season promises to be a closer run affair, however, Liverpool could have been given a title boost as Manchester City face an injury crisis up top.
Reds storm the league
Last season Liverpool romped to their first league title in 30 years.
Jürgen Klopp’s side had no competition for the championship, their lead extending up to 24 points at times.
The winning margin could have been far greater had a pause in play not interrupted the side’s rhythm.
One of the sides expected to get closer to Liverpool was Manchester City, they finished 18 points adrift thanks to nine losses.
This time around Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to put more pressure on the Reds.
Manchester City injury crisis
Sky Sports this week reported that Gabriel Jesus is set to be sidelined for at least three weeks.
The Blues are also without Sergio Aguero for at least two months according to the same report.
These two knocks leave Manchester City with something of an injury crisis up front, with no recognised senior strikers at Pep Guardiola’s disposal.
Pep has claimed he has just 13 senior players available with Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko all out.
This injury crisis will impact City’s chances against Leicester City this weekend.
The Citizens will also have to take on Leeds United without a recognised forward, a difficult away trip to say the least.
Thankfully the international break comes at the right time but should Jesus not be rehabilitated in time Pep could have a task on his hands taking on Arsenal.
There is no margin for error in this title race, City dropping points early due to injuries could give Liverpool a decisive title boost.