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Major league moments that floored football fans

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Liverpool have once again set their stall out to win the Premier League title, taking their place at the summit over the Christmas period. Supporters of the Reds will be believing an old cliché about buses – you wait 30 years for one and another follows in the next campaign.

Seeing Jordan Henderson lift the Premier League trophy after 30 years of hurt in the top flight is an image that will live long in the memories of Liverpool supporters. It was the signature moment of a long season for the Merseysiders, although they were in control of the title race from start-to-finish.

They’re well on their way to another title success, but Liverpool fans know more than most about the perils of a tight race for the crown. We’ll now look back at some of the key moments in Premier League history that have helped decide the races for the top-flight title.

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Gerrard’s Slip

The Reds’ title drought could have ended six years earlier under the tenure of Brendan Rodgers in the 2013/14 campaign. The Reds were seemingly ahead in the title race after beating Manchester City and could take a step closer to the crown by notching another win over Chelsea. Steven Gerrard could have been standing in the shoes of Henderson, but his infamous slip against the Blues at Anfield in front of the Kop allowed Demba Ba to surge forward and put the Blues.

It proved to be a Jose Mourinho masterclass against his protégé Rodgers, putting immense pressure on the Reds to be flawless for the rest of the campaign. They could not overhaul Manchester City, which allowed the Citizens to claim the crown. Gerrard will look back in horror at that moment as the one that cost him the chance to lift the title at Anfield.

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Kompany’s Bullet

Manchester City and Liverpool were neck and neck in the Premier League title race in the 2018/19 season. A minor slip from either side would have huge ramifications in deciding where the crown would reside. City had a tough outing at home against Leicester in their penultimate game of the campaign. The Foxes were proving a tough nut to crack at the Etihad Stadium, and, even with all of their attacking resources, Pep Guardiola’s men were struggling to find the breakthrough.

Step forward captain fantastic Vincent Kompany. In one of his final acts as a City player, he strode out among the defence and raided forward before blasting a 25-yard screamer past Kasper Schmeichel into the top corner. The goal was enough to secure the three points, and a comfortable win over Brighton on the final day.

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Leicester’s Statement

To the surprise of every football fan in the country, Leicester rose from relegation battlers to title contenders in one season. The Foxes only narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight in the previous campaign, requiring an incredible late burst to retain their Premier League status. Nigel Pearson orchestrated the run, but was then sacked and replaced by Claudio Ranieri. The Italian would mastermind one of the greatest shocks of all time in guiding Leicester to the crown, being backed by the bookies before the season at 5000-1 to achieve the feat. You'll certainly find lower odds across many casinos featured on comparison sites for them to win the Premier League crown this term, with the team practically limping behind compared to where they were in 2016.

There were several outstanding moments along the way, although a key run of fixtures in February would decide their fate. They brushed aside Liverpool with a confident 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium before traveling to Manchester City. Leicester would stun City with an accomplished performance, securing a 3-1 victory courtesy of a brace from Robert Huth and a strike from Riyad Mahrez. The Foxes would continue their charge, losing only once before claiming the crown.

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Mourinho’s Swagger

Mourinho arrived in the Premier League in 2004, having guided Porto to a Primeira Liga and Champions League double. He was tasked with ending Chelsea’s drought without the top-flight crown, stretching back to 1955. The Portuguese player was already acquainted with the dominant force of Manchester United, having defeated them in the Champions League. He would soon become a foe of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger in a feud that would last on-and-off for a decade.

Mourinho declared himself a special one, and he did not disappoint as Chelsea marched to the Premier League title, losing only once in the campaign. They mustered an incredible 95 points – the highest tally, at the time, in the history of the Premier League. The Blues stifled their opponents, conceding only 15 goals – the fewest goals conceded in a 38-game campaign. He changed the face of the league and certainly has provided a great deal of entertainment in his press conferences and on the pitch even though his success has dried up of late.

These moments were certainly poignant periods in the history of the Premier League title race. We’ll certainly have more to add at the climax of the current campaign.

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