If Liverpool supporters have each motive to get up on Sunday morning with a throbbing sense of deja-vu, they will hope come the night to have skilled one thing altogether extra sudden.
The Reds, in fact, have been right here earlier than, heading into the ultimate weekend of a titanic title tussle with Manchester City standing only a level adrift of their rivals with a house recreation in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers to return.
In 2019 Liverpool did their bit, beating Wolves 2-0. City, although, got here from behind to win 4-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion to maintain their mitts on the championships they’d strolled to the earlier 12 months.
It was an identical case in 2014, when the Reds have been chasing down City on the ultimate day however ended up ending two factors off the highest as each groups scored final-day victories.
And that has been the case all through the Premier League period, the workforce heading into the ultimate matchday every time in the end prevailing within the championship combat.
There have been six such different cases, aided by the very fact the ultimate spherical of matches are all performed on the identical day on the identical time. It wasn’t at all times like that within the prime flight, extra of which will likely be mentioned shortly.
In 2012, Manchester United appeared like they have been about to buck the development as neighbours City floundered at dwelling to doomed Queens Park Rangers till one-time Liverpool ahead Mario Balotelli arrange Sergio Aguero for arguably the Premier League’s most well-known second.
The earlier 12 months, Chelsea held off the advances of United, whereas the roles have been reversed in 2008. United additionally stored their nerve to beat Arsenal to the title in 1999 and Newcastle United in 1996.
They have been, although, infamously unable to capitalise on the one time a number one membership slipped up on the ultimate day of a two-team battle. Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers have been prime heading into the final weekend in 1995 solely to lose 2-1 at, of all locations, Liverpool. United, enjoying at West Ham United, subsequently would win the title with a victory, however may solely draw 1-1.
You have to return to the pre-Premier League period for the final time a workforce main the desk going into the ultimate match failed to complete the job. And it was Liverpool on the receiving finish, overwhelmed 2-0 at dwelling by Arsenal in 1989 and lacking out on the title to the Gunners on targets scored.
Back then, it was common for the season to proceed lengthy after the scheduled ultimate weekend of video games, which means a final-day shootout was uncommon. Nevertheless, there have been some tight battles. Liverpool, for instance, held on to win the title in 1986 from Everton of their ultimate recreation, though the Blues had one other match by which they may have overtaken their neighbours ought to the Reds have did not triumph.
In 1976, QPR ended their programme on the prime of the desk however knew Liverpool may leapfrog them with a win a couple of weeks later at Wolves, which was duly achieved 3-1. It was an identical case in 1971 when Arsenal received a rearranged recreation 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur to win the league.
But maybe the oddest manner the league has ever been got here in 1972. Derby completed their marketing campaign prime and the gamers went on vacation to Mallorca to see if Leeds or Liverpool may surpass their tally. Neither may, Leeds dropping 2-1 at Wolves whereas the Reds may solely draw 0-0 at Arsenal.
Indeed, the 1989 finale stays the one time for the reason that struggle a ultimate day top-flight shoot-out has been misplaced by the workforce who had been main the desk. Liverpool supporters, then, have extra motive than most to consider a repeat is now lengthy overdue.