It may just be the start of September and only four game weeks gone in the Premier League but it does seem like a lot has happened – or more appropriately it seems like we have a big hint of how this season will end yet again.
Over the weekend, while the rest of their so-called top-six rivals were dropping points, Liverpool and Manchester City marched relentlessly on.
As we all know by now, Chelsea and Manchester United threw away leads while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur shared an entertaining, if error-strewn North London derby draw.
But for the teams who thrillingly slugged it out for last season’s Premier League title, it was very much business as usual.
After defending champions City swept aside Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at the Etihad, Liverpool showed how far they have developed by producing an extremely professional performance in winning 3-0 at Burnley.
The hunger to win so bad at Liverpool was evident in the drama that went on between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah when the former was seriously fuming at manager Jurgen Klopp for being substituted.
It might seem far fetched but still wanting to be on the pitch till the very end despite being three goals up says a whole lot about the character at Liverpool.
The win left the Reds top of the table with 12 points from 12, two points clear of City in second, but five ahead of Arsenal in fifth, and seven ahead of United, Tottenham and Chelsea in eighth, ninth and 11th respectively.
The fact that Liverpool have a goal difference of plus nine and City 11 (United are equal next best with plus three) also underlines their seriously impressive starts to the campaign.
But you have to go back a little further, to the start of the calendar year, to understand just how dominant Jurgen Klopp’s and Pep Guardiola’s sides have become.
Since the start of 2019, the ‘big six’ have each played 22 Premier League matches.
And, incredibly, City have dropped just five points (taking 61 from a possible 66) and Liverpool just 11 (55 from 66).
It is a pace their supposed fellow big hitters have simply been unable to live with.
Arsenal have taken 39 points from the last 66, United 36 from 66, Chelsea 34 from 66 and – most alarmingly for Spurs fans – Tottenham 31 from 66.
It goes on to show how far behind the rest of the top-six are from City and Liverpool. And if anything is to go by, this trend looks set to continue and if it does, so will the race for the EPL (two man race between Klopp and Guardiola’s sides).
The fact that Liverpool didn’t spend in the summer and are still able to keep their momentum is a big slap to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and United. That being said, they all have no excuses not to perform.
The rest of the top six have to seriously up their game and very swiftly too or else the League could take a boring(predictable) fashion that could ultimately see the end of the “top-six” and see people just focus on City and Liverpool.