Liverpool and their ‘Christmas Curse’ in Premier League

The success of topping the 2018/2019 English Premier League standings right at Christmas Eve is no guarantee for Liverpool to win the all-important title. 


Last weekend, on the 18th matchday, Manchester City unexpectedly suffered a defeat against Crystal Palace with a score of 2-3. This result makes Liverpool able to confirm the top position with a difference of four points from City. Almost at the same time, Mohamed Salah and his teammates were able to silence Wolverhampton Wanderers with a scoreline of 2-0, away.

 

Jurgen Klopp’s men are also the only unbeaten side this season, and although by the number of goals scored, they are behind Man City (50) and Arsenal (40), the Reds (39) still boast the strongest defense because they have conceded just seven goals.

One could say, Liverpool is the favorite club to win the Premier League this season, if one sees the series of sweet records since the first week. However, bad memories always haunt Red Merseyside, at least in the past 10 seasons.

 

Leader at Christmas, slipping at the end of the season

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For some people, topping the standings at Christmas is like the best gift on that special day. But for Liverpool, this could be a bad signal. In eight of the last ten seasons, twice Liverpool failed to maintain the top position and finally slipped to fail to win the English championship.

In the 2008/2009 season, Liverpool successfully topped the standings on the Christmas day. Unfortunately, at the end of the season their arch-rivals, namely Manchester United, were able to come out as champions.
The second time this scenario appeared was in the 2013/2014 season. The Reds looked mighty until December 25. But the inconsistency that hit Liverpool forced them to be willing to watch Manchester City win the English Premier League championship that season.

 

Fatal inconsistency in the last weeks’

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Of course, there are many factors that make Liverpool often fail to win the English Premier League, one of the most upsetting is inconsistency in the last weeks. Taking the example of the 2008/2009 season, Liverpool appeared superior with a one-point lead over Chelsea on December 25, even six points ahead of Manchester United who finished third.

This was not separated from the ups and downs of Liverpool’s performance. Maintaining supremacy is indeed more difficult than chasing the leader. The pressures from below made Steven Gerrard and his team often lose concentration even when they faced average teams.

The most severe was in the 2013/2014 season. On December 25, Liverpool collected the same points as Arsenal and topped only on goal difference. Unfortunately, at the end of the season, the title was claimed by Manchester City with a difference of two points.

Defeats at home to Chelsea, plus a draw at Crystal Palace away, ended their chance to win the English Premier League title again.

 

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