Since the inception of the Premier League, we’ve seen many a great sides grace our screens. Teams like The Invincibles, United’s treble winners, Mourinho’s Chelsea and Pep’s Centurions come to mind. Disgracefully, fans have tried to place the league’s current champions, Liverpool, in the same sentence as those great sides. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won this year’s season with relative ease but that says nothing of their dominance or excellence but highlights the abject nature of the other 19 teams.
Here’s a look at why Liverpool is one of the worst champions in PL history.
Last week, Liverpool secured a historic first-ever Premier League title. For 30 years, the Reds have had to watch their rivals lift trophy after trophy while they couldn’t even get near the top. Last season, they thought they had finally reached the summit, only for Manchester City to emphatically eclipse them. This season, the rest of the league seemingly rolled out the red carpet for the Reds, allowing them to stroll to a meaningless title win.
The true champions of England have more pressing issues to focus on, like completing a historic treble with the Champions League, FA Cup and Community Shield, something the Reds could never achieve. If it weren’t for that vision of dominance, Manchester City would have allocated more resources into winning a third successive Premier League.
Too Many Defeats to Count
It’s laughable that some believed this Liverpool team could go the entire season unbeaten. A rude awakening at Vicarage Road would send all those deluded fans back to reality. Never forget that the Invincibles not only went a whole season unbeaten, they went 49 games without a loss, something this Liverpool team couldn’t even dream of.
As of writing, Klopp’s men have lost 2 games in the league: 3-0 to Watford and a 4-0 thrashing by Manchester City. Lest we forget, this same team lost 2-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup, twice to Atletico Madrid in the UCL, 2-0 to Napoli and 5-0 to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. How could such a team amas this many losses in one campaign and be considered great?
Statistically, the PL champions have only averaged 59.3% possession this season, a relatively low total in comparison to that of the greatest teams. According to WhoScored, Liverpool has also averaged a rating of 6.97 across their games, showing they have hardly played exceptional football.
Now let’s address the elephant in the room. This was no normal season, in fact, the campaign was put on hold due to a global pandemic. Really for the safety of all those involved, the season should have been called off. That was the only ethical option available, instead, the FA chose money over health.
In turn, they forced teams to train in unprecedented circumstances with limited guidance and practicality. Teams were not ready for football due to preparation and fear of catching a silent killer. But alas, the league returned, and Liverpool wrapped up a discombobulated title win. Imagine winning the PL with games that have water breaks? There’s no way you can take such a title win seriously.