The 2019-20 Premier League has finally come to an end, with every on-field issue having been resolved despite the 100-day coronavirus shutdown that threatened to leave England’s top flight in a state of disarray.
Liverpool have been crowned champions for the first time since 1990, Manchester United are back in the Champions League and a dramatic final-day saw Aston Villa hold onto their Premier League status as Bournemouth and Watford joined Norwich in being relegated to the Championship.
Some clubs have punched above their weight and others have fallen short of expectations, so as the dust begins to settle on an extraordinary Premier League season, ESPN has delivered its verdict on the end-of-year grades, taking into account preseason hopes, transfer spending and overall performance.
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Liverpool clinched their first Premier League title this season, their first domestic league win in 30 years. Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
champions, 99 points (+52 goal difference)
Liverpool have been top of the class in every sense, with Jurgen Klopp’s players ending the club’s 30-year title drought and also winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to complete an unforgettable 2019-20 season. They’ve set countless records too: Liverpool won the title with 7 games left to play, became the fastest team to 30 wins in a season, made the best start ever (61 points from their first 21 games) and ended with 32 league wins to equal the tally set by Manchester City in 2017-18.
Liverpool finished with 99 points, so they missed out on eclipsing City’s 100-point record and their defence of the Champions League ended with elimination by Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16. That’s why they miss out on an A+, but at times this season, Klopp’s team came close to perfection.
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