Whilst Warrington Town are fighting well in the Northern Premier League, it’s hard not to be impressed by the epic showdown between two legendary clubs from the North-West at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool and Manchester City are locked head and head at the pinnacle of the league table, and it’s clear that the champion will be from our region when the Premier League concludes in May.
Football clubs from the North-West have always had a good run of results in the Premier League, but Liverpool will be looking to make it their first title win in 28 years next month. With just four matches left to play, Jurgen Klopp’s team will be hoping to give the Anfield faithful a season to remember after so many disappointments. But the reigning champions, Manchester City, will be on hand to put in plenty of spirited opposition and stop Liverpool’s shot at glory.
Of course, Liverpool came desperately close to the winning the Premier League in 2014, but were pipped at the post by Chelsea. This season, the team have managed to show enough skill and spirit to prove the doubters wrong, and so it’s no surprise to find that many of the bookmakers featured at are giving you decent odds for Liverpool to give their fans plenty of reasons to celebrate in May.
Whilst Manchester City have one extra game in hand compared to Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s team thankfully have a fairly straightforward run of games to get through. Their next Premier League matches are against the already-relegated Huddersfield Town and the troubled Cardiff City, and so these games should help Liverpool maintain their slender lead ahead of Manchester City.
Although their final Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers won’t be easy, they should hopefully have sealed the deal before then with a game against Newcastle United. What makes Liverpool so impressive at the moment is the fact that all of their squad appear to be playing at the peak of their powers.
Anybody who saw Mo Salah’s outrageous goal against Chelsea last week will know that the Egyptian star is back to his best, and with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita on hand to score goals when it counts, it’s easy to see why so many people are fancying Liverpool’s chances.
However, it’s important to remember that Manchester City aren’t going to make it easy for Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s team have had another excellent season so far, and whilst recurring injuries to star players like Kevin de Bruyne might have dented their attack, it’s clear that Manchester City are still in with an excellent chance of their second successive Premier League title.
Obviously the sheer striking prowess of players like Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane cannot be disputed, but from Riyad Mahrez to David Silva, there are plenty of reasons why Pep Guardiola’s team have become the best side in Manchester. Whilst Manchester United have managed to overcome the Mourinho debacle, it will still be bitter to see their rivals racing far ahead of them in the league table.
However, Manchester City have some very tricky matches that they must win if they wish to overtake Liverpool. They face a very difficult home match against Tottenham next, and then this is followed up by a pivotal clash at Old Trafford against Manchester United that could be one of their biggest games in years.
Thankfully things get a little easier towards the end of the season when Manchester City have to produce the goods against Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton. But on the whole, it all promises to be a thrilling finale to yet another fascinating football season, and whatever happens, it’s good to know that the Premier League title will once again be returning to the North-West.