Liverpool’s first Premier League title in three decades might seem like nothing but a procession, even if Jurgen Klopp finds it hard to believe just how far ahead of second-placed Manchester City are.
City’s 5-0 demolition of Burnley on Monday, despite making eight changes from the side that beat Arsenal last week, means Liverpool cannot clinch a first league title for 30 years when they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Liverpool could still be crowned champions this week though, should City fail to maintain their impressive form away at Chelsea on Thursday.
“What I realised when I watched the game last night is, how is it possibly anybody is 20 points ahead of this team? So we must have done some things pretty well,” Klopp said at his pre-match videoconference.
“City is flying again, two games, eight goals is impressive but should not be a surprise. It’s a quality side.”
If both Liverpool and City win this midweek, then the Reds’ next chance to seal the title would come when they face Pep Guardiola’s men on 2 July.
That match is due to be played at City’s Etihad Stadium but could yet be switched to a neutral venue over fears fans might congregate.
While it’s all but concluded for Liverpool, the rest of the English Premier League table has a myriad possibility.
Even the teams lingering in the relegation zone can still manage to finish in the top eight. While achieving that would require a series of fortunate events, the table below shows just how narrow the margins are between the rest of the EPL table.
Data sourced from the Transfermarkt website shows the possible final positions still possible for all teams on 24 June 2020.
While most of these positions are unlikely, there is only a marginal points difference in some of the sub-plot battles. But perhaps not even the most optimistic Norwich fans will really believe that their side can propel themselves to such lofty heights.
Final EPL standings still possible
Additional reporting by AFP. Data source: Transfermarkt.co.uk.
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