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The 3 draws that cost Liverpool the title

The long wait for a Liverpool league title will stretch on for at least another year after falling just short this past season.

A single point was the difference this season and even amassing a huge 97 points wasn’t enough to topple Manchester City.

Klopp’s side lost just once all season, against City, had the best defensive record and played some outstanding football.

Yet despite only one loss, Liverpool still missed out on the title.

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Now the dust has settled somewhat, there has been some time to reflect.

During that reflection, there appears to be a few games that cost Liverpool the title.

Here, I’m going to take a look into how those games impacted Liverpool’s season.

Liverpool 1-1 Leicester, 30 January 2019

It wasn’t until after Christmas when Liverpool drawing the odd game became a serious hindrance.

Liverpool took on Leicester at the end of January and were four points clear of City before the game.

So to go 1-0 up inside five minutes looked even better for Klopp and his side.

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Yet some uncharacteristically sloppy defending allowed Harry Maguire to slot home a Leicester equaliser just before half time.

From there, Liverpool struggled against a well drilled Leicester side who posed quite the threat going forward.

It could’ve been worse for Liverpool, but a draw felt like a real missed opportunity.

Klopp attempted to alleviate some of the blame from his side on the snow post-match.

But there was no excuse, his side had frozen under the lights at Anfield.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

This really is one of the games that sticks out as a major missed opportunity.

This clash is usually a juicy one, but this tie didn’t amass to much in the end.

A draw against Manchester United at the tail end of February saw the Reds go one point clear of City.

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The nature of the result was as disappointing as dropping the points themselves.

Liverpool failed to generate any rhythm or momentum and made things easy for Solskjaer’s United.

United had to make three changes due to injury before half time, meaning they were severely weakened.

It was another draw that should have been a win, and three more vital points towards Liverpool’s title challenge.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

After Divock Origi’s iconic 96th minute winner at Anfield, this Merseyside derby had much to live up to.

In truth, it was a scrappy, bitty, disjointed game in which neither side got going.

Liverpool had the better of things, with Salah brilliantly denied twice by Pickford and Keane.

However, it played out just like the United game a week prior: Liverpool drew a blank.

The draw meant that Liverpool failed to leapfrog City and remained in second place.

Suddenly, the Reds were playing catch-up to City, needing to avoid any further slip-ups.

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And they did, winning every one of their games from then til the season’s end.

But the damage done by these three draws had already been done.

Having to rely on City to drop points is not the position Liverpool wanted to be in.

But they found themselves there, and it hurts to say, but through their own fault.

Liverpool may have lost just once all season, but these daft draws were more hurtful than any defeat.

They were all good opportunities not taken in a season when that was a rarity in itself.

When fans look back on this season in the months and years to come, this will become clearer.

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