Premier League football fans all know that Liverpool won the division having run away with the title tallying 99 points. In spite of winning the trophy, Liverpool did slump down the stretch and blew hot and cold after the league’s restart. In fact, Liverpool’s slump really began in February and continued with losses in the Champions League and FA Cup.
Still, Liverpool won the Premier League and will go into next term dreaming of a second straight title. But where would have Liverpool finished in the Premier League table had only the team’s final nine games after the restart determined the title?
Who would have won the league?
The Premier League season, based on just the restart, would have been won by Manchester City. The Cityzens played 10 matches — due to a game in hand — compared to the rest of the clubs that would have finished in the top six. The Cityzens collected 24 points from those 30 available.
Manchester City were followed by city rival Manchester City in the race for the restart title. The Red Devils took 21 points from 27 possible. Had Manchester City not had a game in hand, the two teams would have finished level for the title.
The real surprise were Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton. The Saints tallied 18 points from 27 possible and played some of their best football behind a fully fit Danny Ings. Southampton edged Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the race for third place thanks to goal difference.
So, where did Liverpool end the restart? The Reds finished in sixth place in the restart table collecting 17 points from 27 possible. Although the Reds finished six from their last nine games, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Jurgen Klopp’s team had nothing to play for in their final nine games and the title was practically secured. When the restart occurred Liverpool were 25 points ahead of Manchester City.
Does the restart table have any bearing on next season’s Premier League? It is unlikely that the final nine games after a three-month layoff will affect the clubs in 2020-21.