Manchester City's win last night means that only Burnley, Leicester and Brighton stand in the way of the Sky Blues defending their Premier League title. City's total of 89 points from 35 games, matches the total number of points they accumulated during the famous 2011-12 season, when they beat neighbours Manchester United on goal difference to the Premier League crown. In fact, 89 points would be enough to win more than half of the Premier League titles since the league started in 1992-93.
Liverpool's current total (88 points), and their maximum of 97, are highlighted in red. If Liverpool amass their maximum they may not win the league this season. But that would also have been true in 2017-18 and demonstrates the standard set by City.That said, they would have won 25 of the 27 other titles on offer, all the way from 1992 to 2016.
However, the beauty of a league format is that it is one of the fairest ways to organise competition structure when seeking to find out which team is the 'best'. The well-phrase "the league table never lies" is as true as ever.
Winning the Premier League has similarity to winning the Grand National. Tiger Roll has won the last two Grand Nationals. In 2018 the horse ran the race in a time of 9 minutes and 40 seconds. This year (2019) his time was 9 minutes and 1 second. Had the horse ran the race this year in 9:40 he would have finished well down the field. The time is secondary to winning the race.
The number of points Liverpool accumulate this season will be little consolation if they do not win the League.