Judging by historical data, Liverpool will need to have a fast start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign if they wish to retain their crown for another season.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side have already started in bright fashion as they have managed to defeat both Leeds United and Chelsea in their opening games but they will need to sustain their fast start if they are to keep hold of the title.
According to data collected by Betway, they managed to find a trend of improvement over the last two decades or so that suggests the leaders of the division after 10 games being played would go on to win the competition.
Using the data they found, between the years of 2003-20, 59% of the top side after the first 10 games would go on to win the Premier League, whereas in the years prior, it would only be considered to be around 27% – an increase of more than 100%.
In other words, it has been revealed that the minimum number of points that may be needed for a club to lift the Premier League title as champions after ten games could be as many as 19 – with both Manchester City (2013/14) and Leicester City (2015/16) having achieved that feat. Prior to that, Manchester United had 18 points in both 1992/93 and 2002/03 before going on to claim the title.
In fact, the average points tally is thought to 24 from the first 10 games, thus winning eight of ten (with two defeats and no draws), therefore suggesting that a fast-start is essential.
Liverpool only replicated and then blitzed those figures last season with their efforts in England’s top-flight, though, as the Reds managed to record a huge 28 points in their opening 10 games – having dropped two points against Manchester United in their ninth game.
Of course, the Anfield would not actually go on to lose a game until their 28th league match, which happened at the end of February against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Whether Liverpool and Klopp can replicate that feat once again in their quest to retain the title remains to be seen, although there will be a degree of confidence that they can maintain a fast start to the season.
Matches against Arsenal (home), Aston Villa (away), Everton (away), Sheffield United (home), West Ham (home), Manchester City (away), Leicester City (home) and Brighton and Hove Albion (away) round off the opening 10 games.
Of course, there are some really tricky and stern tests that the side will naturally face, however with additions like Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago, who is already making waves in the squad despite playing just 45 minutes for the side, anything is possible.