Contrasting Premier League Fortunes in Merseyside

Eight games into the 2019-20 Premier League season, the red half of Merseyside is dreaming of winning their first English league title in thirty years, while the blue half is suffering nightmares about the threat of relegation for the first time since the 1950s. Fortunes couldn’t be any different for city rivals Liverpool and Everton, at this early stage of the campaign.

Liverpool Riding High

Having played eight games and won eight games, Liverpool have made a phenomenal start to the season. Fans and pundits alike are running out of superlatives to describe Jurgen Klopp and his exciting team, who are the only Premier League side that can boast a perfect winning record at this early stage of the campaign.

There’s a long way to go and thirty more games yet to play, therefore it’s still very premature to say that the Premier League trophy will be sitting in the trophy cabinet at Anfield, come the end of the season. Nevertheless, this Liverpool side is so full of confidence, they’re almost like a guarantee when backing Premier League football accumulator tips ahead of each match.

After winning the Champions League last season and being the most successful English side in Europe, lifting the famous trophy on no fewer than six occasions, it still remains a mystery how Liverpool haven’t managed to win the domestic title in the last thirty years. Indeed, we have to go all the way back to the 1989-90 season and the old First Division, when legends like Ian Rush and John Barnes were still pulling on the iconic red shirt.

Liverpool have come very close on numerous occasions since then, including last season when they agonisingly finished just one point behind Man City, although this season could see that drought finally end. The Reds are riding on the crest of a wave and things couldn’t be any better for Klopp and his crew, seemingly sailing towards the title with the wind in their sails.

Sinking Feeling at Everton

In stark contrast to their neighbours on the other side of Stanley Park, despite harbouring ambitions of a top-six finish this season, Everton have endured a dismal start to their 2019-20 Premier League campaign. Suffering five defeats, one draw and managing just two victories, the Blues find themselves parked in the relegation zone after their first eight games.

Following a positive conclusion to the 2018-19 campaign, finishing 8th in the Premier League and narrowly missing out on qualification for the Europa League, there was a positive feeling that Portuguese coach Marco Silva was the right man to lead Everton back into the top six. However, this dismal start to the season now has questions being raised about his future.

The recent 1-0 defeat away at Burnley was the fourth in a row for Everton, who spent around £100 million during the summer on quality additions to the squad. Yet instead of moving forward, the Toffees appear to be heading backwards, with the threat of an unwanted relegation battle something that nobody at Goodison Park is relishing.

Everton hold the record for the most most seasons in the English elite, with 116 including this season, while the current campaign is also their 66th consecutive season in the top flight. For a club with such a proud history and traditions to be struggling so badly, fans have every reason to be alarmed, especially with bright plans for the future and a proposed £500m Liverpool docklands stadium move revealed earlier this year.

Red and Blue Predictions

Liverpool have never looked a team more capable of winning the Premier League, than they are right now. Jurgen Klopp has assembled an exciting gifted group of individuals, forging them into tightly cohesive unit that should rarely drop points this season. Should they continue their exceptional form, it’s hard to see anyone beyond the Reds winning the title this season.

Everton continued to improve their team ambitiously, although recent seasons have been a series of one frustration after another. Marco Silva was seen as the man who could lead their project to greater heights, although his second season at the helm has quickly turned into a disaster. If positive results don’t come soon, it’s hard to see him remaining in charge beyond Christmas.

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Dhruv George