After 30 long years, Liverpool FC finally ended their wait for a 19th top-flight title. Eight managers had arrived at Anfield and left without a league title, yet Jurgen Klopp was able to deliver Liverpool’s first title in the Premier League era. Many say that retaining a title is much more difficult than winning it in the first place, and the Reds will certainly have their work cut out next season. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will be out for revenge, and Manchester United look an improved side after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.
Here are ten interesting facts about the Premier League 2019/20.
1. Liverpool matched the all-time Premier League record for most wins in a row, racking up 18 wins in a row between October 2019 and February 2020. They matched Manchester City’s run of 18 wins in 2017.
2. Despite Liverpool winning the title, football betting odds suggest that Manchester City are favorites to win the title next season.
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— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions ) (@LFC) June 29, 2020
3. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager in Premier League history in February 2020. Hodgson turned 72 on the very first day of the Premier League season.
4. Liverpool won the title with seven games remaining, beating the previous record by two games. Manchester United won the title with five games left in 1907/08 and 2000/01, Everton did in 1984/85, and Manchester City did in 2017/18.
5. Manchester United hold the record for the most Premier League title wins, with 13 titles in total. The closest contenders Chelsea are way back on five titles, with Manchester City on four, and Arsenal on three.
6. Six teams have been ever-present in the Premier League since it began in 1992. Those teams are Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, who have never been relegated in all that time. Even former champions Leicester City and Manchester City have spent time in the second tier.
7. There are four Champions League winning managers currently working as a boss in the Premier League. Those managers are Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, who won the cup with the Reds the previous season, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, who famously won the Champions League twice with Barcelona. Also, Carlo Ancelotti is a three-time winner with AC Milan (twice) and Real Madrid (once), and Jose Mourinho won the cup with Inter Milan and Porto.
8. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s first full season at their stunning new 60,000-seater stadium, with the first game at the stadium taking place at the back end of the previous season.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 28, 2020
9. Liverpool thrashed newly-promoted Norwich City 4-1 in the first game of the season. The game was played on a Friday night and was televised live.
10. Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta became the club’s new manager in December 2019. After Arsene Wenger had taken charge of the Gunners for 22 years between 1996 and 2018, Arteta became the second permanent manager in the space of less than two years, after the sacking of former Sevilla boss Unai Emery.