A setback in the crazy title race
Liverpool struggles at the top of the standings
07/05/2022, 11:28 PM
Liverpool and Manchester City have been in an incredible Premier League title race for months. Shortly before the end of the season, Liverpool may now be missing out on crucial points. The Reds are superior to Tottenham, but that is only enough for a draw.
Liverpool, who reached the Champions League final, may have made a huge mistake in the race for the Premier League title. German coach Jurgen Klopp’s side did not lead Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 (0-0) – Manchester City can go three games out before the end of the season by three points.
Tottenham striker Heung-Min Son (59th) tore Reds fans from their Champions League dreams four days after reaching the final. Luis Diaz (74) still managed to equalize, at the moment, Liverpool is the leader with the same number of points because of the better goal difference. Manchester City, who failed spectacularly against Real Madrid in the first division semi-final, welcome Newcastle United on Sunday.
Klopp quietly commented on the setback in the exciting title race between the two teams. “Obviously there is no high spirits in the dressing room, come on, but there are other matches. We just have to keep going.” Liverpool gave Spurs an intense match over manager Antonio Conte just four days after the complicated 3:2 match at Villarreal, which Klopp loved, despite the end result.
“I am really happy with the performance and proud of the mentality of the team, which they showed against an incredibly good opponent with a good plan,” Klopp did not want to let a bad mood arise. “It’s very difficult to play against an opponent with world class players and a world coach when they have a week to prepare and we play every three days.”
Next exciting season without a championship title?
The German coach, who surprisingly extended his contract, which expired in 2024, for two years as his first official job after reaching the Champions League final, could continue to make history with Liverpool FC this season – namely as the first coach in the long and glorious history of the club winning Four titles in one season.
However, the task is now more complicated. If the Champions League finalists had won the remaining three matches in the Premier League, Liverpool would have collected 92 points. It is inconceivable that such a phenomenal performance in the best league in the world cannot be rewarded with a championship.
However it can happen. It will bring back memories of the 2018/19 season: Manchester City won the championship with 98 points – ahead of Liverpool, who won 30 matches with just one defeat in 38 matches and did not win the title. At the time, 97 was a single point too little. And the BBC indicated that Manchester United, the record holder, won only one of his 13 English Premier League titles, with a score of more than 90 points.
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