5 teams that blew their chances in Premier League title race
The 2017 Premier League season is on track to become one of the most entertaining, anticipated seasons in history. With United and City neck and neck at the top, this season could yet produce one of the most exciting finishes to a PL campaign.
The Premier League Champions club is an elite group, comprising, the only six teams to have won the Premier League. Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City make up the group.
These elite group of teams have thwarted away exciting teams over the past 25 years of the Premier League, including each other, to win the elusive crown.
Here we take a look at five of the most exciting teams that crumbled in their bid to win the Premier League title.
5. Benitez' Liverpool 08/09
Liverpool's wait for their first League trophy since 1990, remains the Merseyside club's most alarming issue. However, during the 08/09 season, there were many who believed that the run would come to an end.
Rafa Benitez was in charge of the Liverpool team with the likes of Torres, Gerrard and Mascherano all vying for their first title in England. An exciting and powerful team with incredible bursts of energy and intensity blew away opponents during the course of the season.
Despite Liverpool picking up a League double over United and finishing the campaign as overall top scorers with 77 goals, defensive issues coupled with lack of squad depth led to Liverpool crumbling towards the end of the season.
The eight-goal PL classic draw at Anfield with Arsenal signalled the end of an encouraging season, as Liverpool ended the campaign 14 points off Man United who dropped just two points in their last ten games en route to their third consecutive title in as many years.
With players of high calibre and a fluent, steady system under Benitez, Liverpool's maiden Premier League crown still eludes the club, ten years on from Benitez.