This series will feature a club each week starting from this week that looks poised to shake things up a bit. This week we’ll talk about Liverpool (currently with 14/5 odds to win the league). Now, before you get all up on me about them being the topic of this “darkhorse” series — hear me out. They haven’t finished top of the division since the creation of the Premier League, so despite them having some phenomenal talents and insane expenditures, I feel comfortable calling them a darkhorse. This doesn’t take into account their stature or involvement in other competitions, because those affect their competitiveness in the Premier League. They are also well below the “surefire favorites” in Manchester City who are 4/6 odds on winning the League.
Since the inception of the league, founding-member Liverpool’s average position has been just under 5th, however, they have recorded no Premier League Championships. Instead, Liverpool have stood by the wayside while a number of their fiercest rivals have dominated the top spot including Manchester United (13 times), Chelsea (5 times), Arsenal and Manchester City (3 times each), and Blackburn and Leicester City (once each) rounding out the League Championships. Liverpool may well be one of the best sides to have never won the Premier League along with fellow “Big Six” member Tottenham Hotspur. Don’t get me wrong. Liverpool has been crazy successful, just not in the Premier League era; they’ve spent a combined 104 seasons in the top flight with 18 titles and an average finish during that time of 6.5 (For comparison, Manchester United has 94 seasons in the top flight, 20 titles, and an average finish of 6.6).
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