The Premier League has been dominated by Manchester City and Liverpool for the last four seasons. One of the pair looks set to extend their grip on the league trophy at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, as they are battling it out for the latest title.
This new rivalry in the Premier League has helped raised the bar in terms of standard in the top-flight of English football. Led by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, the two teams are pushing each other to produce their absolute best every week. Both managers demand excellence from their teams and even after success, they are not satisfied. The world-class head coaches are always looking at ways of improving their squad and getting extra from their players.
Premier League fans around the world have been treated to three great games between Manchester City and Liverpool already this season. The two sides drew 2-2 in an encounter at Anfield back in October. That scoreline was repeated in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Their most recent clash came in the FA Cup where Liverpool edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 to keep their hopes alive of a historic quadruple.
Although this rivalry does not have the same hatred that Manchester United and Arsenal had for each other in the 90s and 00s, the standard of football is much higher than seen in the Premier League before.
Both teams are now being linked with the best players in the world due to their success. Manchester City is expected to make a move for Erling Haaland this summer, while there have been reports Liverpool is interested in the services of Robert Lewandowski.
Shades Of Barcelona and Real Madrid Rivalry
Due to the performances of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Champions League, the Premier League can now be considered the leading league in Europe. There has been an all-English final in two of the last three seasons of the Champions League.
The top two from the Premier League table are on course to meet in the final of the leading European competition this season. Manchester City must overcome Real Madrid in their semi-final tie, while Liverpool will meet Villarreal in the last four. The two English clubs are favorites in the betting to qualify for the final.
This new rivalry has shades of Barcelona and Real Madrid about it. Not just because the two teams are from the same country, but the depth of talent Manchester City and Liverpool now resembles the Spanish clubs at their peak in the 00s and 10s.
The Premier League is a league that is marketed well in all regions of the world, so interest in the two teams is going to continue to grow. Both teams should benefit commercially from this rivalry, giving them an advantage over rivals in La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
Games involving Manchester City are Liverpool are streamed every week across the globe. Australia is one of the countries where the Premier League is very popular, arguably more so than the A-League.
Industries in countries like Australia have to adapt to their local audience. For example, in football betting, the Premier League is priced up by bookmakers as bettors enjoy having a punt on the games. Unibet’s popularity in Australia is high because they give their punters a lot of choices in the league. Not only do they offer odds on upcoming matches, but there are also a lot of long-term markets such as the Premier League outright market and top four bettings.
Given how far they are ahead of the other top teams in the Premier League, expect the Manchester City and Liverpool rivalry to carry on over the next few years in the domestic competitions and in Europe.