THE PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON SO FAR; All red and blues in Merseyside

This season in the English Premier League has been one of the most difficult not only because teams and players have had to deal with the pressures of being professionals and a long arduous season, but also with the ensuing circumstances that the pandemic has imposed on all of sports, England in particular, and football. Last season, Liverpool were deservedly champions of the league, it was a long time coming, and no one can take that away from them, but this season, the red team from Merseyside has been anything but what their potential and calibre of play has promised. However, it has not been Liverpool only, as the struggle is league-wide, and the effects tangible. While this has been the story of the season so far, it has also been a great season, one in which the winner will be once again deserving of their glory. The government is easing up on the lockdown and the vaccine is giving teams the hope of a return to normalcy, and fans, more confidence to use some of those Betfair promo codes.

The Merseyside teams started the season strong, following Liverpool’s championship season and Everton’s revamp. Jurgen Klopp and his men rode the championship high in the early parts ut then a season-ending injury to the captain and best defender in the league (when fit), Virgil Van Dijk, was only the beginning of what will become a sea of injuries for the Reds. At some point of the season, the Reds were playing with a completely makeshift backline, and any momentum the team could ram up was broken by teams going into health and safety protocols due to an outbreak of the virus, or the endless slew of injuries to key players. Far from the top spot as the team goes into the final stretch, Klopp’s men will most likely have to settle for fighting their way into the Champions League places and then getting prepared for next season.

Across the road from Liverpool, Everton has complete the bleak Merseyside season with a slice of woes as well. The Toffees started the season red hot with impressive firepower from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez. The team looked like a well-oiled machine until injuries to Rodriguez, international breaks, and nagging inability to shut the door against opponents. Everton has conceded almost as many goals have they have scored this season at 37 for, and 33 against. Add that to a few stints out for leading scorer, Calvert-Lewin, and  you have a little period of forgettable football for the blue side of Merseyside. 

It is no coincidence that this dip in Merseyside comes at a time when the teams in Manchester are soaring at the top of the table. It is fated that these two cities will do battle for supremacy in the league and this season is advantage Manchester as the reds and blues of the season continue to pile up for the Merseyside teams.

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