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Can Liverpool achieve rare repeat after first title?

26 Jun 2020
Andrew Robertson v Sergio Aguero

History has shown winning back-to-back Premier League titles is harder than claiming a first, with only one club retaining the Trophy since 2008/09

After being crowned Premier League champions for the first time, Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday that his Liverpool side will work hard on becoming stronger, and history suggests they will need to as it has proven even harder to retain the title. 

Liverpool's triumph, secured when Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 on Thursday, made the Reds only the seventh club to lift the Premier League Trophy.

It means that the title has been won by four different clubs in the last five seasons and only once in the last 11 campaigns have a team retained it.

Man City achieved that feat, topping the table in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

But Pep Guardiola's men were unable to emulate Manchester United in winning a hat-trick of titles, doing so twice, from 1998/99 to 2000/01 and from 2006/07 to 2008/09.

Challenge to retain
Season Champions Season Champions
2008/09 Man Utd 2014/15 Chelsea
2009/10 Chelsea 2015/16 Leicester
2010/11 Man Utd 2016/17 Chelsea
2011/12 Man City 2017/18 Man City
2012/13 Man Utd 2018/19 Man City
2013/14 Man City 2019/20 Liverpool

While Liverpool's lead in the table, which is currently 23 points, could become a Premier League record, their title rivals can take heart from the fact that the Reds' victories often came by the finest of margins.

Late winners

On 14 occasions they won by a single goal and many of those decisive strikes came late in the match.

Klopp's team have scored five winners after the 80th minute this season, plus an 85th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Man Utd.

At Aston Villa in November, they were 1-0 down with four minutes to go but still emerged victorious thanks to goals by Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane.

Those late shows, when added together, have accounted for 12 points of the 23 that Liverpool lead City by.

So, their rivals will need to up their game, but Man City's eight league defeats in 2019/20 after a 98-point season the campaign before, also shows the vulnerability of great teams.   

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