In the most unique and memorable season to date, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dominated the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, winning the title at a canter. It was a historic season for the Reds, as they picked up their first-ever Premier League trophy and broke a whole host of records along the way.
Even after the league was forced to stop for three months and resume in June, the action on the pitch remained as thrilling as ever, as we were treated to a fascinating fight for the European places and a bruising battle for survival. It was also the first season that VAR (video assistant referee) was implemented and that led to all kinds of fun and games for fans, pundits, players and officials.
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Record-breaking Season for Reds
Liverpool won their first Premier League title to add to their previous 18 first division titles, and Klopp’s boys did it in style. The Merseyside outfit broke a number of English top-flight records in an almost flawless campaign, including 24 consecutive home wins (starting the season before). Liverpool had a 25-point lead at the top at one stage – the most there has ever been in the Premier League – and they also won the title the earliest (with seven games left).
Liverpool won 32 of their 38 Premier League matches, drawing three and losing three of the other six. They finished on 99 points, scoring 85 goals and shipping 33. They also went a staggering 27 games unbeaten and won 18 successive matches. Manchester City, who were runners-up, finished 18 points behind the Reds in the end, with Man United in third and Chelsea in fourth, both ending up on 66 points.
Foxes Miss Out on Top Four
Leicester City had a fine season under Brendan Rodgers, spending most of the campaign in and around the top four. The Foxes looked nailed on to finish in the Champions League places pretty much all season, but three defeats from their last four games saw the Midlands club drop out at the death.
On the final day of the season, Leicester City were beaten at home by Manchester United in a straight shootout for a spot in the top four. Nevertheless, it was a solid season for the 2016 Premier League champions, with Rodgers’ boys winning 18 of their 38 fixtures to finish on a very respectable 62 points. They also secured a record-equalling 9-0 win against Southampton at St Mary’s in October 2019.
Gunners Sneak into Europe
Arsenal had been European regulars for years but their hopes of reaching Europe via the league route were dashed after a poor Premier League campaign. The Gunners had a miserable league season, collecting just 56 points and finishing three points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race for seventh. It was their worse season in Premier League history, going on to finish in eighth spot on just 56 points. They won 14, drew 14 and lost 10 of their games.
Midway through the campaign, former captain Mikel Arteta took the reigns at the Emirates Stadium, and the Spaniard saved Arsenal’s season to a large extent. The Londoners ended a woeful campaign in the Premier League by winning the Emirates FA Cup, which saw them qualify for the UEFA Europa League at Wolves’ expense.
Golden Boot – Vardy Rolls Back the Years
Jamie Vardy has to go down as one of the best bargains in English football history. Years before his heroics in the Premier League, Leicester paid Fleetwood Town just £1m for his services while he was a non-league player. Vardy would go on to become an England international and a Premier League top scorer. In the process, the Sheffield-born star also became the oldest Premier League Golden Boot winner to date in the 2019-20 campaign.
The race for the Golden Boot in the 2019-20 season was as exhilarating as ever, with the big boys all battling it out to become the Premier League’s leading marksman. The usual suspects of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane were there or thereabouts, but veteran Vardy won the race. In a stunning season, Leicester’s number nine helped himself to 23 Premier League goals, beating Arsenal’s Aubameyang and Southampton’s Danny Ings to the crown by just one goal.
It was a good goalscoring season for players from England, with three of the top four being English. Vardy was top, Ings was joint second, and Raheem Sterling finished third on 20 goals. Kane, who had an injury-hit campaign, still managed to fire home 18 goals for Tottenham Hotspur, which was one fewer than Liverpool’s Salah.
Relegations And European Qualifications
The battle for Premier League survival went to the wire, with Norwich City, Watford and Bournemouth dropping out of the top tier. At the other end, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Chelsea took the Champions League places, while Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Europa League. As previously mentioned, Wolves missed out on a place in the Europa League despite finishing in seventh position due to Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph.
Which Teams Were Relegated?
Norwich, who won the 2018-19 EFL Championship, suffered an instant relegation back to the second tier. The Canaries were well out of their depth, picking up just five wins all season. They suffered 27 league defeats along the way, including 10 in a row. The Norfolk club accumulated a mere 21 points and conceded a staggering 75 goals in the process.
Despite a brave fight under Nigel Pearson, who was sacked with just a couple of games to go, Watford also dropped out of the Premier League. Pearson did a fine job at Vicarage Road, guiding the club to memorable wins over the likes of Man United, Wolves and Liverpool. Watford became the first team to beat Liverpool that season when they stunned the Reds with a 3-0 victory in February. However, three defeats in their last three games saw the Hornets relegated to the second tier.
Bournemouth’s long and unforgettable stay in the Premier League came to an end at the end of the 2019-20 season. Eddie Howe, who worked wonders during his time with the Cherries, left the Vitality Stadium shortly after. Bournemouth’s season never got going, and even late wins over Leicester and Everton could not keep them up. They beat the Toffees 3-1 at Goodison Park on the final day but Aston Villa’s crucial point at West Ham United took the Cherries down. Dean Smith’s Villa pulled off the great escape, winning two and drawing two of their last four, including a fine 1-0 victory over Arsenal, to pip Bournemouth to safety by just one point.
Which Teams Qualified For Europe?
The tussle for the Champions League places in the 2019-20 Premier League season was also memorable. Liverpool and Man City – who were involved in a ding-dong scrap for the title the year before – qualified with ease, but Man United and Chelsea were made to work hard for their Champions League places.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United snuck in on the final day, beating Leicester 2-0 at the King Power thanks to goals from the brilliant Bruno Fernandes and England international Jesse Lingard. Reaching the top four looked like an incredibly unlikely task in the first half of the season but the Manchester giants ended the campaign with nine wins and five draws from their last 14 matches to tiptoe in on the last day.
Frank Lampard did a fine job at Chelsea in his first year as manager at Stamford Bridge. The Blues recovered well from an opening day mauling at Old Trafford, going on to take the fourth place and the final Champions League spot. Chelsea needed a 2-0 home win over Wolves on the final day to make sure, but they ended up finishing four points above Leicester, who lost 2-0 at home to Man United.
The fight for the Europa League spots also went to the wire, though Arsenal’s FA Cup win meant that just the fifth and sixth place finishers would qualify through their Premier League position. Both Leicester and Tottenham would have preferred the Champions League but the pair had to settle for Europe’s second-best club competition. Rodgers’ Foxes took fifth place with 62 points to their name, while Spurs finished three points behind in sixth.
In a season that will be remembered as much for the enforced break and possibility of complete abandonment, the late completion of the action came as a relief to most people in football… especially Liverpool fans.