The Premier League's eight biggest title collapses, featuring Liverpool and Man Utd


Liverpool will surely win this season's Premier League, right? Right?

It certainly seems that way with the Reds commanding an eight-point lead, going a club-record 32 games unbeaten and stringing together 17 consecutive wins between March and October.

Fresh from one of the greatest points tallies in history last season, Jurgen Klopp's men are now on course to go one better and champions Manchester City have already fallen by the wayside.

Leicester City have emerged as the only feasible challengers and although Brendan Rodgers' team deserve credit, they face an uphill battle to rekindle the magic of the 2015-16 campaign.

In other words: what could possibly go wrong?

Liverpool's comfortable lead

Ah, but this is Liverpool we're talking about. We're as confident that Liverpool will take the title as much as the next football fan, but the Reds' history shows it would be unwise to jump the gun.

Not only have the Merseyside team never won the competition, but they experienced a high-profile choke during the 2013-14 season that was particularly tough on Steven Gerrard.

What do the history books say, though? Well, in light of the current Premier League climate, talkSPORT decided to check out the biggest title collapses England has seen since 1992.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Biggest title collapses

They've chronologically run through eight of the most dramatic and it certainly paints a tail of caution for those at Anfield, so check out the case studies down below:

1. Norwich City (1992/93) - 8 points

Despite almost being relegated in 1991-92, the Canaries raced into a comfortable lead during the inaugural Premier League season and controlled the pack after 18 matches.

But the wheels came flying off during the second half of the season and two damning defeats against Manchester United eventually saw them finish 12 points off the mark.

Mike Walker

2. Newcastle United (1995/96) - 12 points

Ah, who could forget the moment Kevin Keegan barked: '‘I’d love it if we beat them’ down the microphone in his post-match interview?

Sadly for the Newcastle boss, his side were unable to beat United and a monumental collapse that saw five defeats in eight games between February and March relegated them to runners-up.

Bburn v Newcastle

3. Manchester United (1997/98) - 11 points

United didn't have the 1990s all their own way and they managed to spurn a huge 11-point lead with just nine games remaining in 1998, even if Arsenal did have three games in hand.

The Gunners turned the season on its head with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, thanks to a Marc Overmars' winner, before eight consecutive wins did enough to dethrone the champions.

Marc Overmars

4. Arsenal (2002/2003) - 8 points

Not only did Arsenal bottle an eight-point lead in March, but they lost to relegation-threatened Leeds United with just two games left to send the Premier League title up north on a platinum platter.

However, if there was any consolation for Arsene Wenger's men, they wouldn't lose again for another 49 matches and will forever be remembered as the 'Invincibles.'

Thierry Henry of Arsenal looks dejected after they lose the match and championship as Danny Mills of Leeds United celebrates a vital win to keep them from slipping into relegation trouble

5. Arsenal (2007/2008) - 5 points

Arsenal seemed to be revelling in the post-Thierry Henry era with an advantage at Christmas that came virtue of having lost just one game out of 18.

But everything came undone during a trip to Birmingham City which saw Eduardo suffer a broken leg, William Gallas have a meltdown on the pitch and United swoop back into the lead.

Arsenal's Spanish player Cesc Fabregas r

6. Manchester United (2011/12) - 8 points

The title looked to be staying at Old Trafford when their 'Noisy Neighbours' failed to beat Stoke City, Sunderland and Arsenal. However, United then suffered a terrible streak of their own.

A shock defeat at Wigan Athletic, followed by a 4-4 draw with Everton and a 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium left the door wide open for Sergio Aguero to score THAT goal on May 13.

Sunderland v Manchester United - Premier League

7. Liverpool (2013/14) - 3 points

By no means the biggest lead on this list, but one that makes the cut for transpiring over just three games.

Gerrard's slip allowed Chelsea to secure a 2-0 win at Anfield, while the surrendering of a 3-0 lead away at Crystal Palace ended any hopes of thwarting City's second Premier League title win.


8. Liverpool (2018/19) - 9 points

Liverpool haven't lost in the Premier League since their 1-0 defeat against City in January, but it endures as the game that saw the Reds blow another lead at Christmas.

Draws with West Ham United, Man United, Leicester City and Everton then came in tandem and there was no stopping the Citizens as they won all of their final 14 fixtures.


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

So, bigger leads than Liverpool's have been relinquished over much smaller time periods. That being said, I can't see the Reds throwing it away this season.

While all the teams listed were top quality in their own right, none of them can hold a candle to the contemporary Liverpool side and their record-breaking run.

We're talking about a team with arguably the best manager in the world, a Ballon d'Or contender marshalling the defence and one of the sport's best goalkeepers between the sticks. 


Oh, and that's not to mention their outrageous front three.

I can't see Liverpool going the season unbeaten nor reaching the magical 100-point mark, but they still have the ability and discipline to bag their maiden Premier League crown.

If I'm wrong, then Liverpool truly are cursed.

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