When everyone was thinking that nobody could stop Manchester City to defend their title, Guardiola’s men crushed at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and allowed Liverpool to leapfrog them at the top of the table. Both teams started Saturday unbeaten in their last 15 games with a huge 25 wins between them.
Liverpool gave clear proof of being in fantastic form with an impressive 4-0 win at Bournemouth in the Saturday’s early kick-off. Mohamed Salah’s scored a hat-trick showing to anyone that still had some doubts that last campaign wasn’t a one-season wonder. Thanks to that result they moved to 42 points, 1 clear of defending champions City. According to BestbettingSites.Online they are now at second favourite to win the 2018 Premier League at 5/2 with their price that shortened significantly.
Surely City had the tougher match as they had to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but surely their defeat made the news especially as they dominated the whole first half. That was also the first league defeat since April.
Even though Manchester City are still the bookmakers’ favourites to win their second consecutive Premier League title, they are clearly not unbeatable, and this will give a boost of confidence to Liverpool.
Guardiola was satisfied with his team’s performance and said that he never thought they would be able to match the Arsenal’s invincibles who managed to go an entire Premier League season without suffering a defeat in 2003-04.
The Spanish manager said that they will do what they can to be champion again and that going unbeaten doesn’t really matter as long as they do end up on top of the table. He also added that he looks forward to the reaction of their team in the next games as there are lots of points to play for.
Even though Liverpool haven’t been able to play with the same fluency as they have done in the last season they are lots more solid at the back having conceded just 6 goals in the first 16 Premier League games. Jurgen Klopp has made the right acquisitions with the likes of centre-back Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker and now that Salah has started to be on fire again things look rosy for the Reds.
Salah started the new Premier League campaign rather quietly compared with the last season where he netted 44 goals in total. He has now scored a total of 10 goals and he is the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer. There were concerned after the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final that looked to have hurt his confidence but the way he scored the third goal yesterday, in particular, confirms that things are back to normal.
Liverpool are also showing the determination and resilience of would-be champions: the way they scored deep into injury time in the derby against Everton last week and even the comeback against Burnley in midweek it is a clear signal. After all for Liverpool fans winning the Premier League would be an incredible achievement and players seem to have completely understood that and are giving all they got.
Liverpool has never won the Premier League as the last time they were champions was in 1990. They had to watch their rivals Man Utd winning 18 times but now things might be about to change.
Klopp said that what they want is to be as successful as possible and that nobody knows what this means. Well, time will tell I guess!