One of the most surprising stats from the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
Despite their involvement in a tense title race, chasing down eventual winners Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side actually spent less time on top of the Premier League than rivals Manchester United, who missed out on a Champions League place after finishing sixth.
United spent 14 weeks on top of the table which, when compared to Liverpool’s 11 weeks (via ESPN), makes you wonder why our season never really picked up. The Reds were inconsistent from start to finish and results never improved following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal in October.
Man United spent longer at the top of the Premier League table this season than Liverpool 🤯 pic.twitter.com/jR7PipVHZA
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 23, 2022
New manager Erik ten Hag will be tasked with qualifying for the Champions League next season, but he has not shied down from competing with Liverpool and City for the biggest honour in English football.
The Dutchman knows that is an expectation he needs to overcome in the future in order to succeed at Old Trafford.
It was pretty laughable to hear about Klopp winning the Manager of the Year award this week. I have always felt that the award should either go to the manager that won the league or a manager who over-performed throughout the season.
Are you surprised?