Football's toughest test: Why excellence alone is no longer enough in today's Premier League

When Liverpool can blow Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' record out of the water and still only manage a second-place finish, you know the Premier League is a tougher title to win than ever before. With the 2018-19 Premier League season now in the rear-view mirror, now is the time of year when we take a look back at the season just gone and assess what we just witnessed. And this year, it might well have been the best title race in Premier League history.The final day denouement may not have been as dramatic as it might have been, but the final six weeks of the season were as gripping as any title race in recent memory as Manchester City and Liverpool duked it out during the title run-in.Also on Blue moon arising! Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after last day thrillerThe points differential, coupled with some smart TV scheduling, meant that the lead chopped and changed multiple times during the run-in as the two sides refused to wilt under the ever-increasing pressure of the season's final matches.In the end, neither side blinked and City held on to their slender, but decisive, one point advantage to retain the Premier League title.For City, it was a validation of their strength and consistency as a club, as they became the first club to retain the Premier League title in a decade. The plaudits they are receiving for their superb campaign are certainly more than deserved.But a look at the team who so narrowly missed out may perhaps tell a bigger story about the current state of the Premier League.Liverpool's season was packed full of positives, despite the fact they fell agonizingly short in the final reckoning.Also on So near, yet so far: Liverpool fall agonizingly short on the Premier League's dramatic final day Jurgen Klopp's side produced some of the most thrilling football of the season, both in the Premier League and in Europe, as they pushed City all the way in the league, progressed all the way to next month's UEFA Champions League final and finished with two of their strikers tied at the top of the Premier League's top goalscorer charts for the season.Liverpool's incredible 4-0 second-leg win over Barcelona was one of the best - if not, THE best - comeback performances ever prod ...Read more

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