Setback in the mad race for the title
Liverpool are struggling at the top of the table
2022-07-05 11:28 PM
Liverpool FC and Manchester City have been in a mind-boggling title chase for the Premier League title for months. Shortly before the end of the season, Liverpool may now be missing crucial points. The Reds are superior against Tottenham, but that’s just enough for a draw.
Champions League runners-up Liverpool FC may have made a decisive mistake in the Premier League title race. German manager Jürgen Klopp’s side went no better than 1-1 (0-0) against Tottenham Hotspur – Manchester City can thus draw three games before the end of the season with a three-point lead .
Spurs striker Heung-Min Son (59th) ripped Reds fans away from their Champions League dreams four days after reaching the final. Luis Diaz (74th) still managed to equalize, for now Liverpool are leading with the same number of points due to the better goal difference. Man City, who failed spectacularly to Real Madrid in the premier class semi-finals, host Newcastle United on Sunday.
Klopp calmly commented on the setback in the thrilling title race of the top two clubs. “Obviously there’s no good mood in the dressing room, come on, but there are other games. We just have to keep going.” Liverpool delivered an intense game at Spurs around their coach Antonio Conte just four days after the complicated 3-2 at Villarreal, which pleased Klopp, despite the final score.
“I’m 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 didn’t want to let the bad mood arise. “It’s incredibly difficult to play against an opponent with world-class players and a world-class manager when they’ve had a week to prepare and we play every three days.”
Next sensational season without a league title?
The German coach, who surprisingly extended his contract, which expired in 2024, by two years as his first official act after reaching the Champions League final, can go on to make history with Liverpool FC this season – notably as the first manager in the club’s long, glorious history to win four titles in one season.
However, the task has now become more complicated. If the Champions League finalists won their last three Premier League games, Liverpool would have accumulated 92 points. Inconceivable that this tremendous performance in the best league in the world could not be rewarded with the championship.
And yet, it could happen. It would bring back memories of the 2018/19 season: Manchester City became champions with 98 points – ahead of Liverpool FC, who 30 wins with just one defeat in 38 games was not enough to clinch the title. At that time, 97 points was too little. Record-breaking champions Manchester United have won just one of their 13 Premier League titles with more than 90 points, the BBC recalled.