Liverpool sauntered to the league title last season. Jürgen Klopp’s men won the championship without contest, their nearest challengers finishing 18 points off the pace. Many have tipped a closer run affair this season, however, early indications are that we could be in for more of the same. Liverpool have drawn first blood in the title race with Manchester City humiliated at home.
Reds romp the league
Liverpool won their first league title in 30 years last season and they did so in magnificent fashion.
Due to the pause in play and an emphatic run of results, Liverpool set the record for the earliest and the latest title win.
The season ended with Liverpool winning the title race 18 points ahead of Manchester City.
Given that the season before Jürgen Klopp’s side had finished a point shy of glory despite amassing 97 points, it was an incredible feat to bounceback.
Liverpool draw first blood in title race
Liverpool have drawn first blood in the title race with Manchester City humiliated at home by Leicester City.
The Citizens fell to a stunning 5-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium with the same old problems rearing their head.
Jamie Vardy netted a hat-trick with a cheeky finish for his second. James Maddison curled one into the top corner and Youri Tielemans slotted home a penalty.
Time and again the City defence was carved open, the midfield was ran ragged and in truth was completely overrun by the Foxes.
Same old problems
Manchester City weren’t magically going to fix the faults which saw them fall to nine defeats in the league last season.
The Citizens are believed to be close to completing the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica in an effort to plug gaps in defence but that would be like sticking a plaster over a hole in a sinking ship.
One of the reasons for the humiliation yesterday was just how off the pace the City midfield was.
Fernandinho and Rodri were deployed in a double pivot and they were played off the park by Nampalys Mendy and Youri Tielemans.
Sure, the defence was sloppy and regularly caught out but they didn’t get much help at all from those in front of them.
Teams now how to play against City now and without drastic changes, they won’t be bridging the gap which saw them lose out by 18 points last season.