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Five Of The Biggest Meltdowns In Premier League Title Race History

As the jitters begin to set in for Liverpool, and Manchester City and Spurs continue to breathe down their necks, questions turn to whether or not they can hold their nerve at the top of the Premier League table.

Where they once were seven points clear, two draws in a row have reduced the gap from second-placed City to just three points, as Liverpool search for their first league title since 1990.

Klopp’s side, however, would not be the first team to blow a convincing lead in the title race, as Pundit Arena explores five of the biggest top of the table meltdowns in Premier League history.

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5) Arsenal in 2007/2008 

Not one of the first teams to spring to mind when thinking of title collapses but during this same period in 2008 Arsenal had a five-point lead at the top of the table and had only lost once all season.

Their season essentially collapsed however when they travelled to Birmingham in February, a game which saw them lose striker Eduardo to a horrific tackle, and ended with William Gallas having a meltdown in the middle of the pitch following the 2-2 draw.

Undoubtedly Eduardo’s injury had a massive effect on Arsenal but so too did captain Gallas’ lack of leadership as the Gunners failed to win their next three games and eventually finished third in the table.

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4) Arsenal in 2002/2003

Arsene Wenger’s men once again, this time it was the season before their infamous invincibles campaign and it was one where they really should have been going into 2003/2004 as back to back champions.

With just nine games to go (United had 10) Arsenal had opened up an eight-point gap over their rivals and looked favourites to retain the crown they had won so impressively the season before.

The Gunners however slipped in form and in one of the most dramatic games in Premier League history lost to Leeds United with just two games to go, a defeat which sent the title to Manchester and saved the Yorkshire side from relegation.

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3) Manchester United in 2011/2012

An underrated meltdown and one that was largely forgotten about due to the unbelievable way in which rivals Manchester City clinched the title on the final day of the season.

It’s very easy to forget that Ferguson’s United had an eight-point lead over their Manchester rivals with just six games left in the season.

City would go on to win their next four games, including a victory against United, while Ferguson’s side lost to Wigan, and threw away a 3-1 lead to draw against Everton.

With the sides level and City ahead on goal difference, all Roberto Mancini’s men had to do was match Manchester United’s result on the final day. We all know how that turned out.

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2) Newcastle United in 1995/1996

One of the most exciting title races in Premier League history and one that is spoken about still to this day, the 1995/1996 trophy was as much won by Manchester United as it was lost by Newcastle.

At one stage in Januar,  Keegan’s Geordies held a remarkable 12 point lead over Ferguson’s United as the league title looked to be destined to head to St James’ Park.

Newcastle, however, were void of title-winning experience aside from a couple of players and couldn’t handle the pressure, the infamous 4-3 loss to Liverpool the lowlight of their collapse.

United would go on to win a remarkable 13 of their last 15 league games while Newcastle stumbled, and it was Ferguson who again took home the title.

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1) Liverpool in 2013/2014

“This does not slip” urged Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after his side dramatically defeated title rivals Manchester City by 3-2 to ensure that the fate of the Premier League trophy was entirely in their hands.

What followed was the cruellest irony the league has ever seen.

Five points clear with just three games to go, Liverpool faced Chelsea knowing that they could probably afford to draw, but they dare not lose.

In a twist of fate, it was none other than Gerrard whose slip allowed Chelsea’s Demba Ba a free run at goal as he beat Simon Mignolet and put a massive dent in the Reds’ title hopes.

The next week Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace to kill off their title dreams with one game to go as City picked up the scraps and claimed the crown

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About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns
Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]