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Manchester City seemingly unfazed by Liverpool threat

12 August 2019 | Premier League | Opinion
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Manchester City seemingly unfazed by Liverpool threat
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The 2019/20 season of the Premier League kicked off last weekend. The new campaign started in familiar fashion with both title challengers Manchester City and Liverpool recording victories.

Liverpool seemingly sent out a message of intent at home to Norwich on Friday night. The Reds recorded a 4-1 win over the Canaries and were four goals up at half-time.

If Jurgen Klopp’s team had pushed on, then it could have been any score. However, to their credit, Norwich came out and produced a much-improved performance in the second period. Liverpool also took their foot off the gas too.

Reigning champions Manchester City looked to have a slightly tougher task on the opening weekend with a trip to West Ham, who have spent relatively big this summer on new recruits.

The first half was fairly even, although City did take the lead through a Gabriel Jesus strike. In the second half, quite simply the Hammers had no answer to Pep Guardiola’s team, who eventually wore the home side down to defeat them 5-0.

The two results showed that anything Liverpool can do City can do better. Liverpool appears to be the champions nearest and probably only realistic title challengers this season just like the previous campaign.

Klopp’s side’s problem is that no matter what they seem to do, City remains such a formidable opponent. Even with the calming influence of centre-back Vincent Kompany now gone, the Citizens still looked so assured at West Ham.

Last season was a close call when it came to winning the title for Liverpool. The fact that City won the league title by just one point showed just how close the Merseysider’s were to ending their title drought.

However, City’s first performance of the season suggests that they are unfazed by the threat of the Merseysider’s, and will simply carry on winning their games.

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Premier League
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 99 38 32 3 3 85 33 52
2. Manchester City 81 38 26 3 9 102 35 67
3. Manchester United 66 38 18 12 8 66 36 30
4. Chelsea 66 38 20 6 12 69 54 15
5. Leicester City 62 38 18 8 12 67 41 26
6. Tottenham 59 38 16 11 11 61 47 14
7. Wolverhampton 59 38 15 14 9 51 40 11
8. Arsenal 56 38 14 14 10 56 48 8
9. Sheffield United 54 38 14 12 12 39 39 0
10. Burnley 54 38 15 9 14 43 50 -7
11. Southampton 52 38 15 7 16 51 60 -9
12. Everton 49 38 13 10 15 44 56 -12
13. Newcastle United 44 38 11 11 16 38 58 -20
14. Crystal Palace 43 38 11 10 17 31 50 -19
15. Brighton 41 38 9 14 15 39 54 -15
16. West Ham 39 38 10 9 19 49 62 -13
17. Aston Villa 35 38 9 8 21 41 67 -26
18. Bournemouth 34 38 9 7 22 40 65 -25
19. Watford 34 38 8 10 20 36 64 -28
20. Norwich City 21 38 5 6 27 26 75 -49

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