Choosing the Premier League Winners: Why Liverpool Can’t Be Overlooked
September 22, 2020
Despite leading the line in terms of all-time major honours in England, Liverpool’s winning of the Premier League in 2020 was something of a first. Since the top flight of English football transitioned into the Premier League in 1992, the Reds had never tasted victory. However, this all changed in the 2019/20 season as the Mersey side club finished the season a staggering 18 points clear of their closest rivals, Manchester City.
The English Premier League is considered the most competitive in world football and so it should come as no surprise to learn that irrespective of Liverpool’s performances last season, many experts have tipped Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens as favourites in the sports betting UK market and predicted they will fight back to make it three crowns in four campaigns. So, lets take a closer look at the teams considered to be contention for glory as well as why Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side shouldn’t be overlooked to retain the title!
The Chasing Pack
Manchester City should be looked upon as a wounded animal this season. Guardiola has instilled a set of strict standards at the club since his arrival in 2016 and will be insisting his players challenge for the league this season. After a disappointing first season in charge of City, Pep’s side went on the win back-to-back titles and look to be the obvious choice to go toe-to-toe with Liverpool.
Chelsea spent big upon Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003 and they have done so again this summer, having completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz. Manager Frank Lampard is still hoping to make more additions, however, with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga lacking confidence and with so many new additions coming in the door, the challenge ahead will be to make his side gel.
After a difficult year, Manchester United ended up finishing in third position last season, securing a Champions League spot in the process. The arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax at Old Trafford looks to have added some much needed depth to the Red Devil’s squad, but a weak defence and an inconsistent front-line will more than likely prove to be too much to overcome for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men.
An Outside Chance
No one would have thought that by giving a former captain his first managerial job in football, making him the youngest manager in the league, would have propelled The Gunners from turmoil to F.A Cup and Community Shield winners looking to take English football by the scruff of the neck once more. The addition of four new permanent defenders, the experience of Willian in midfield as well as securing Aubameyang on a three-year contract looks to have put the North London side in a good position. It is as outside an outside chance can be, but based on his first 9 months in charge, who would put it passed the impressive Arteta.
From Strength to Strength
Let’s all take a breath… With so much activity, many have forgotten just how good Liverpool were last season. The majority of their squad have won both the Champions League and the Premier League together, belonging to a side that finished 18 points clear of a team that had dominated English football for the previous two seasons. Furthermore, Liverpool have managed to keep all of their best players while making intelligent additions, including the arrival of Thiago Alcântara, who has proven to be one of the best midfielders in world football season-on-season for nearly ten years.
With the Premier League being the Premier League, it will offer up a number of surprises, but if you are asking us, it would be naive to look anywhere else other than Liverpool.