Liverpool began with a win over Norwich – and the teams are currently top and bottom of the stack.
3 months of football fans waiting patiently are almost at an end as the Premier League is set to resume next Wednesday with Aston Vacation Home versus Sheffield United and Manchester City handling Arsenal
Thinking About the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, it might be tough to remember how the 2019-20 season was unfolding– although Liverpool‘s dominance must still be fresh in the memory.
Here, the PA news firm offers a month-by-month breakdown of what was occurring up till the pandemic resulted in the break.
VAR showed a questionable execution in the top-flight (Martin Rickett/PA)
Liverpool’s 4-1 win over newly-promoted Norwich began the season on a Friday night while the European champions likewise saw off Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley Manchester City’s title defence began convincingly enough by drubbing West Ham 5-0 however a 2-2 draw against Tottenham was eclipsed by Gabriel Jesus’ late winner being eliminated by the video assistant referee, which would go on to be a bone of contention for advocates, players and supervisors alike over the list below months.
Club Declaration: Javi Gracia
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 7, 2019
A couple of months on from leading Watford to the FA Cup final, Javi Gracia was sacked with the Hornets bottom of the embryonic standings. Quique Sanchez Flores was reappointed however simply a couple of weeks into his period, Watford were thumped 8-0 at Manchester City, who by the end of the month were 5 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. Jurgen Klopp’s side, by this phase, were still to drop a point as they saw off having a hard time Newcastle at home prior to remarkable wins at Chelsea and Sheffield United.
Leicester equated to a Premier League record in thumping Southampton (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Liverpool’s perfect start to the season was ended at Old Trafford– although Adam Lallana’s late goal saved a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, who were beaten by Newcastle the previous week to ease some pressure on Magpies manager Steve Bruce. Leicester equated to the Premier League record for the most significant win as they thumped 10- man Southampton 9-0 to momentarily leapfrog Manchester City intosecond The Foxes would continue to stay in the Champions League areas up until the season was stopped.
Jose Mourinho selected as the new Spurs head coach
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— Premier League (@premierleague) November 20, 2019
This was a month of considerable turmoil in north London. With Tottenham sitting in 14 th, Mauricio Pochettino was sacked after 5 years in charge and just a couple of months on from leading them to the Champions League final. Twenty-four hours later on significant the return of the ‘Unique One’ as Jose Mourinho was called Pochettino’s follower. Unai Emery was changed by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, while Liverpool beat Manchester City and ended the month 11 points clear atop the pyramid.
|”I am excited to be here, at one of the greatest clubs in England. This is a Club with a lot of history – and ambition for the future. It’s my dream to bring success.” #EFC @MrAncelotti offers his first interview. And it’s dazzling. #EFC #WelcomeMrAncelotti pic.twitter.com/q9zoJSCCB5
— Everton (@Everton) December 22, 2019
Sanchez Flores was ousted simply 3 months into his second stint with Watford, who selected Nigel Pearson in a quote to lead them off the foot of the stack. Everton and West Ham would make supervisory changes as they suffered near the bottom, with Marco Silva and Manuel Pellegrini changed by Carlo Ancelotti and David Moyes respectively. The switches would enjoy some benefits as all 3 clubs were out of the bottom 3 prior to the campaign was shelved.
Frank Lampard remains in his first season as Chelsea manager (Mike Egerton/PA)
At the turn of the year, Liverpool boasted a 13- point lead and they increased that margin by a more 6 points prior to the end of January. By that point, a first ever Premier League title and first top-flight crown in 30 years appeared all however a certainty. The only talking point appeared to centre on whether the Merseysiders might replicate Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side from 2003-04 Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea, with Frank Lampard in his first season as Blues manager, inhabited the other Champions League certifying areas, which continues to be the case now.
Having joined Manchester United on a ₤47 million handle the January transfer window, Bruno Fernandes began making waves in the north-west as he assisted his new club start a 5-match unbeaten run to reignite their top-four charge. Tottenham, however, began to fall back after a couple of faults and currently sit behind surprise plans Wolves and Sheffield United. Liverpool’s hopes of an unbeaten season failed after a shock 3-0 defeat at Watford.
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— Liverpool FC (at) (@LFC) April 28, 2020
By this point, the public health crisis was starting to lead to real worries the football season would first need to be played behind closed doors, while matters were taken even further on Friday, March 13, when the season was suspended. After beating Bournemouth 2-1, Liverpool sat a massive 25 points clear of Manchester City and need simply another 2 wins to ensure the title. Norwich prop up the table with Aston Rental property second bottom, while Bournemouth remain in the bottom 3 on goal distinction, as they sit level on points with Watford and West Ham.