A thrilling Premier League title race comes down to the final day of the season on Sunday when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will have to make history if they are to overtake leaders Manchester City and end their near three-decade long wait for domestic silverware.
Pep Guardiola’s City are firm favourites to retain the title
as they travel to Brighton, a team that narrowly avoided relegation. Liverpool
take on Wolves at Anfield, dreaming of a second dramatic turnaround in a week
after the memorable 4-0 win against Barcelona on Tuesday that propelled them
into the Champions League final.
Premier League history: First on the final day and not
winning the title
Should Liverpool win the 2018-19 title, they will be the
first to do so in the Premier League era.
City lead by a single point, so to get their hands on the
trophy Liverpool will have to become the first team in the history of Europe’s
richest domestic club competition to move above the leaders on the final day.
Pre-EPL era: Last time a team was first on the final day and failed to win the title
The last team to start the final day in first place and not
win the title were in fact Liverpool in 1989, when Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Anfield
clinched the old First Division.
Premier League table latest
City, on 95 points, have won their past 13 Premier League
matches to wipe out a seven-point lead for Liverpool and are on the brink of
becoming the first team to win successive titles since Manchester United in
Klopp’s men, with 94 points, have recovered from a
mid-season stumble to record eight straight victories.
Liverpool, who have been English champions 18 times but have not won since the 1989-1990 season, face the scarcely credible scenario of ending the season with the third-highest points tally in Premier League history and a single defeat yet still missing out.
Additional reporting by AFP.