What actually happened during the campaign, however, was something entirely different.
The Reds are on track to collect a few more points than last season (they could still land on 104), while Manchester City could get 20 points less.
Jurgen Klopp would never admit it, but his attention will already have passed to next season. The remaining six games in the campaign are a chance to gain an advantage over the rest of the division, treating this period as a preseason.
Records count, but trophies count, and Liverpool know the importance of starting a flying season: this year, they have been at the top of the rankings since day one, without ever giving up first place, because City has slipped early.
The challenge for next season, however, to retain the Premier League title, is even more difficult – and Liverpool are set to enter the unknown.
Although they did not win the trophy last season, the Reds have essentially behaved at a winning level, and have therefore already run consecutive seasons, even if the history books do not show it. History suggests that it is almost impossible to chain three.
Speaking on the debriefing, live on the Blood Red YouTube channel after the Etihad stadium clash, Matt Addison said: “I said before the match that it was an important game in terms of storytelling for Liverpool.
“We know Liverpool have been much better than Manchester City this year, but I think when we start previewing next season people will say, even if Liverpool could win the league by a record margin,” it’s a reminder. of what City can do and maybe the gap was not as big… ”
“I’m not sure it is an accurate picture. Liverpool have been much better, certainly on the defensive, and OK at night they have not shown it, but if you take the whole season rather than single nights like that, then that gives a more complete picture.
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“Regarding next season, it was always going to be difficult for Liverpool as they have been supporting him for two seasons now.
“They got 97 points last season and didn’t quite win the league, but they did manage to win the league title for two consecutive seasons and very rarely have we seen a team do that during three years. ”
“Manchester United are the only team to have won the Premier League three times in a row and they didn’t have to come close to that number at the time. ”
“Liverpool is entering unknown territory with the level it should continue to be, but Liverpool always knew that next season everyone would start from scratch.
“It’s going to be very difficult for Liverpool to keep their title – it’s hardly a shock. ”
In fact, no team has ever won four consecutive first division titles. Huddersfield Town (1923-1926), Arsenal (1932-1935), Liverpool (1981-1984) and Manchester United (twice: 1998-2001; 2006-2009) all scored three, as the Reds will indeed be aiming again.
But on none of these occasions was a total of 100 points required.
Manchester United had 90 points in 2008/09, but beat Liverpool by four points to the title and could therefore have finished with 87 and still be crowned champion. And it was the highest point total of any team that won three on the spin.
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If Liverpool is to maintain its maiden title – and effectively produce a winning performance for the third consecutive campaign -, it will have to reach a level of world class consistency that no team has ever achieved before.
After two seasons of almost 100 points, another may be necessary. Even if it doesn’t, by winning the title again next year, Liverpool would join an exclusive club.