Ahead of Sunday’s showdown, we took a look at the incredible numbers behind Manchester City and Liverpool’s recent dominance in the Premier League…
City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium for one of the most highly anticipated encounters of the season.
With just one point between the two teams at the top of the Premier League, the outcome of this weekend’s clash could be crucial to the outcome of this season’s title race.
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In a recent press conference, Pep Guardiola reiterated that the two sides have set a new standard in England’s top flight over the past five years.
City have won three of the last four Premier Leagues, with Liverpool being the only side to break that hegemony and given the two teams currently have a 12-point lead over the pursuers, it’s likely that record will be extended for another year.
Silverware aside, Guardiola’s assessment of ours and Jürgen Klopp’s domestic dominance is backed up by some astounding statistics since we won our first title under the Catalan’s leadership in 2017/18.
Discover the extent of City and Liverpool’s reign in the Premier League below…
Premier League Points
As the two sides have won each of the last four Premier League titles and are once again battling it out for the title this season, it’s no surprise to learn that they’ve both earned more points than any other team in England. top flight over the past five years.
Since the 2017-18 season, Guardiola and Klopp’s men have scored 438 and 412 points respectively from 182 games – in City’s case, 100 more than any other Premier League team.
City and Liverpool are also the only two clubs to average more than two points per game at the time (2.41 for City, 2.26 for Liverpool) with Manchester United and Chelsea as their closest rivals with a rate of 1.86 and 1.85.
Once again, the two teams are at the forefront of attacking prowess, both having scored more than 400 goals in the last five Premier League seasons.
City’s 456 goals translate to an astonishing pace of 2.51 per game, while Liverpool’s average stands at an impressive 2.21 from 403 goals.
Tottenham’s 322 goals, at a rate of 1.77 per game, is third in the English top league, but still 134 fewer than Pep Guardiola’s men.
Scoring goals is one thing, but stopping the opponent on the other side can be just as important in claiming the Premier League title.
City and Liverpool are also leaders in this regard, with 135 and 155 goals in 182 games since the start of the 2017-18 season.
The two teams have also had the fewest shots on target in that time, with City coming in at 455, while Liverpool at 544 are 26 less than Chelsea in third place.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash, Guardiola and Klopp’s teams are the only two in the Premier League to concede fewer goals than they have played in the past five years.
City are once again clear in terms of overall wins in the Premier League since the 2017/18 season, with an incredible 140 wins out of our 182 games.
We’ve dropped points in just 42 encounters, while Liverpool are on 125 wins, 37 draws and 20 defeats.
Indeed, the combined Premier League defeats of the two teams (44) would have left them third among the other teams in the English top division to be involved in the last five campaigns.
Only Manchester United (38) and Chelsea (43) can totally improve that.
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Guardiola’s men have averaged an astonishing 67.7% possession per game in the Premier League since 2017/18 – a statistic that is 5% higher than any other side.
We are also the only team to have completed more than 100,000 successful passes in that time, with a current total of 113,897.
Liverpool are again second in both categories, averaging 62.3% on the ball in their 182 league games, while also completing 95,620 passes – 411 more than their closest rivals, Chelsea.
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