Manchester City and Liverpool comparison: 2018/2019 and 2021/2022

Manchester City and Liverpool comparison: 2018/2019 and 2021/2022 -  Oriental News Nigeria


Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday in the 2021/2022 English Premier League (EPL) will go a long way in shaping the repeat of their unforgettable title fight three years ago.

Hosts Manchester City go into the game on 73 points, one ahead of Liverpool having played 30 games each.

At the same stage in 2018/2019, each team were a solitary point better off than they are this time around.

Their dominant season this time around compares as follows:

Perfect run-in

Remarkably, both sides won all of their remaining eight games in 2019 as they finished on 98 and 97 points respectively, at the time the second- and third-highest Premier League totals.

Sunday’s meeting ensures that immaculate run-in cannot quite be replicated, but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola certainly saw the similarities after last Saturday’s win over Burnley.

“There are eight games left, 24 (points),” he said. “We have to feel the pressure. Every game, if we lose, we are not going to win (the title), simple as that.

“What we did in the past, when we won 14 games in a row, now we have to win eight otherwise we will not be champions.”

Having trailed by seven points at one stage that season, Manchester City won their final 14 games to edge out Jurgen Klopp’s Reds —- who themselves finished with nine straight wins.

Liverpool are the team to have come from off the pace this season.

They were briefly 14 points back after Manchester City’s win over Chelsea on Jan. 15.

But they responded with victory over Brentford the following day and have won 10 in a row starting from that game.

That means should they win on Sunday and then fulfil Guardiola’s prophecy of not dropping a point the rest of the way, they would match the Premier League record of 18 straight wins.

The mark is shared by Manchester City and Liverpool in their respective title-winning seasons.

In 2017/2018 Manchester City produced the only 100-point Premier League season, and in 2019/2020 Liverpool’s 99 established a new second-best mark.

Statistical sweep

With a respective 14- and 13-point cushion over the field, albeit with Chelsea having a game in hand, it is no surprise to see Manchester City and Liverpool leading some of the Premier League statistics this season.

Reds’ forward Mohamed Salah is cruising towards his third Premier League Golden Boot with 20 goals, with Diogo Jota tied second on 14 and Sadio Mane one of three players on 12.

But the assists chart remarkably paints an even more dominant picture.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, with 11, is closing in on his own record for a defender of 13 in 2019/2020 –— and fellow full-back Andy Robertson is just one behind along with Salah.

Gabriel Jesus, with seven, is Manchester City’s leader in that category –— Kevin De Bruyne surprisingly has only three in the league this season.

But he is tied with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on 10 goals, meaning Liverpool and Manchester City between them have six of the 12 players in double figures.

Manchester City, as so often, rule the passing statistics –— Joao Cancelo leads the league with 2,334 attempts, with Aymeric Laporte and Rodri making it a Manchester City top three.

Ruben Dias ranks fifth, with Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk breaking the stranglehold just ahead of him.

The teams also have the two lowest yellow card tallies in the league, 35 for Manchester City and 36 for Liverpool.

It is just one red card each –— Robertson against Tottenham and Laporte against Crystal Palace, with City’s Kyle Walker escaping thanks to VAR against Southampton.(dpa/NAN)


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