by Senji Torrey
British football club Liverpool made history this June, winning the English Premier League title earlier than any other, with seven games left to play in the season. While this record is surely one to remember, Liverpool’s consistent Premier League domination this season may be just as unprecedented as the feat itself.
In the 2018-19 season, Liverpool won the continental UEFA Champions League but missed out on the domestic Premier League title. In American terms, winning both of these tournaments would be equivalent to winning the Super Bowl twice in a row. Because of how close they got to this achievement—they lost to Manchester City by just one point—Liverpool was out for blood coming into the 2019-20 season.
Unfortunately for the Reds, this intensity did not translate well in the Champions League tournament this year, as they got kicked out by Atlético Madrid in the Round of 16. While this is a respectable placement for any club, as this means that they are in the top 16 best teams in Europe, Liverpool undoubtedly missed their mark.
Despite this substandard performance in the Champions League, Liverpool bounced back, putting all of their eggs into the Premier League basket in order to focus on their one last opportunity to lift a trophy before the end of their season.
By this point in March, Liverpool had already been at the top of the Premier League standings for an incredible eight months. At this time, Liverpool won 26 games, and only lost and tied once. This gave the English club an impressive 79 points, to which they have added 7 more points since the league’s restart.
After a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool found a bit of difficulty getting back on their feet, tying their first match against 12th placed Everton on Jun. 21. However, just three days later, Liverpool proved that the previous match was simply a fluke by defeating 10th placed Crystal Palace by a score of 4-0.
Given the seven games left this season, even if Manchester City wins every single one of their games, and Liverpool loses each of theirs, City will still be short by two points of the Reds.
Though Liverpool has secured their title for this year’s Premier League, the excitement is far from over. There are still plenty of matches that will be sure to spice up your month.
(Sources: premierleague.com, Google.com)