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Earliest Premier League champion: Is Liverpool fastest to clinch?

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Given the might and distribution of power in the Premier League, you’d have been forgiven if you though Man City clinching the 2017-18 title with five games left on the docket was the earliest Premier League champion in history.

Not anymore.

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Liverpool has now earned the new standard, winning the Premier League with seven games left in its season thanks to a dominant season and Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Man City on Thursday.

Here are the teams who claimed the earliest Premier League champion and titles in English top-flight history after the Reds blew past the four fastest-finishers in national history.

5 – Everton (1984-85)

The Toffees then took the rest of the season off, losing three of the five matches left on the docket.

5 – Manchester United (1907-08)

They played 38 back then and Ernest Mangnall’s team ‘only’ won the league by nine points after going 1W-2D-3L down the stretch.

5 – Manchester United (2000-01)

This team, like Everton above, didn’t bother much with the remaining five outings. After a 1-1 derby draw with Man City, Sir Alex’s en beat Middlesbrough then lost three-straight.

5 – Man City (2017-18)

If Liverpool are to earn the title of having the best season in English history, it will be measured against this mighty side. City lost just twice and drew four times, only one of those setbacks coming after the title was won.

7 — Liverpool (2019-20)

What else can you say about the Reds, who may become the best team in English history before this whole thing is said and done in July?

Klopp: Alisson could start v. Leicester

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Liverpool could have their No. 1 back in goal as soon as this weekend, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Brazilian star Alisson Becker has been out since suffering a calf injury during Liverpool’s Premier League opener on August 9 against Norwich City. Luckily for Liverpool, Adrian was available and he quickly deputized in the starting lineup and helped win the UEFA Super Cup. Now, ahead of Liverpool’s match against former manager Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City, there could be a change in goal.

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“With Alisson it’s still: maybe, maybe not,” Klopp said at a press conference Friday. “Yesterday he trained with the team [for the first time]. But if you know goalie sessions, they are often pretty more intense than the proper football sessions. He looked really good.

“We will see, I have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.”

On paper, it’s a massive boost for the club to have its best goalkeeper back in full training this week and in contention to start against Leicester City. Alisson is arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, if not the world. In addition, his incredible performances, both in terms of making saves and commanding his box and backline, helped lead Liverpool to an incredible 97-point Premier League season last year.

However, Liverpool hasn’t really missed that much with Adrian in net instead. In Adrian’s ten games, nine starts, Liverpool has lost just one game, a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in Italy. Neither goal was really Adrian’s fault as well, so all in all, he’s been above average at worst and a solid goalkeeper.

Perhaps over the course of an entire season, the difference between Adrian and Alisson would be more noticeable, but for now, Liverpool has taken advantage of Adrian being available and has played very well in front of him.