A lot has been made of Liverpool’s recent “form slump” in the Premier League. Apparently, the “slump” has been going on for most of January if you read the newspapers. The reds are, as we are led to believe, collapsing under the pressure of a title race with their more favored challengers from Manchester. Not being one to listen to hype, I decided to have a quick comparison of both, City’s and Liverpool’s form guide going back to mid December and the results paint a much different picture to what the media will have us all believe.
The solid 3-0 victory over Bournemouth yesterday went a long way to answering the critics with a final score that flattered Bournemouth. Almost instantly, media pundits began installing Liverpool back in the box seat as we move through February.
Over the past 11 matches, Liverpool have collected 29 points from a possible 33. During the same period, City have amassed just 21 points. that’s a whopping 8 points less than Liverpool. The reds have also scored a healthy 29 goals over the eleven matches which is 6 more than City. More than that, City have shipped 13 goals to Liverpool’s 9. In both attack and defense, Liverpool have the wood over City yet the media would leave you to believe that the Reds are on the slide in the race to the title? Fascinating.
Of course we pick and chose statistics that lend weight to an argument yet, even over the past 5 matches since Liverpool lost 1-2 at The Etihad, they have still only collected one point less than City. Hardly the sign of a team caving into the pressure of a title race is it?
As I write, Liverpool sit 3 points ahead of City with just twelve games to go. Neither side is looking anything like bottling it. Still, it won’t stop the media from sending us into a spin with knee jerk reactions when Liverpool drop points along the way. The only thing this can achieve is extra sales and ratings on talk-back radio. The Reds are alright and, in all likelihood, the Reds are also going to win the league so keep calm, enjoy the ride and most of all, don’t go into meltdown over the odd dropped point here and there.
Liverpool resume Champions League hostilities in just over a week and then head to Old Trafford to for a massive test against an in form United. Victory there will potentially go a long way to securing the title. In the meantime, here’s hoping Chelsea can do us all a favor and give City a crushing defeat later today at The Etihad and make our run towards the title a little easier.