Liverpool and Man City gap GREATER than table shows – Reds got lots of ‘breaks’

LIVERPOOL are not as close to Manchester City as the final Premier League table suggests.

That’s the shock verdict of journalist Duncan Castles, who claims the Reds’ remarkable points tally of 97 is ‘deceptive’ due to the amount of ‘breaks’ that went their way.

Liverpool registered the third highest points total in Premier League history but somehow missed out on their first title in 29 years.

City’s stunning 14-game winning run saw them reach 98 points, meaning they retained their crown in one of the most hotly-contested title battles of all time.

Jurgen Klopp and co only lost one game throughout the entire campaign – and that came in a 2-1 defeat away at City in January.

“Realistically the points total Liverpool got is deceptive because they got a lot of breaks going their way”

Duncan Castles

However, Castles isn’t convinced the gap between the two sides is as small as the table makes out.

“It’s a one-point difference, we have a lot of talk about Liverpool being the second best team ever in the Premier League because they took Manchester City so close and they got the highest points total for a second-place team, but realistically the points total Liverpool got is deceptive because they got a lot of breaks going their way,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“Eight points from goalkeepers throwing the ball in the net, number of refereeing decisions, the realistic gap is bigger than what the league table says, which gives [Pep] Guardiola a margin for error, a significant margin for error next season.

“What happens with them in terms of off the field, in terms of rule breaking, in terms of investigations from Premier League, FA, UEFA and FIFA I think will determine where the club goes.”

Castles’ surprise claim came after:

  • Andy Robertson issued an ‘INCREDIBLE’ Liverpool warning to Man City
  • Reds chairman Tom Werner delivered a resounding message after their Prem title agony
  • Virgil Van Dijk admitted his FRUSTRATION at City’s brilliance this season

It is not all doom and gloom for Liverpool, however, as they can still land a major trophy in 2018/19.

Their dramatic three-goal comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final last week means they will contest their second final in a row on June 1, coming up against Premier League rivals Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

Spurs too produced a freakish fightback in the last four, bettering the Reds’ three-goal heroics by doing the same in the second half away at Ajax – with Lucas Moura netting in the dying seconds of stoppage time to setup an all-English final.

It will be the first fully English showpiece in the competition since Manchester United’s penalty shootout victory against Chelsea in 2008.

And Klopp insists his players will put in the correct preparation ahead of such a crucial night.

“We have to do a couple of things in preparation for the Champions League [final], media stuff,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We have to do that, then the boys will have a couple of days off and then we have two proper weeks as a pre-season for the Champions League final.

“We will do that, we will play that, [hopefully] win it, come home and then the people [would] get what they deserve.”

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