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Both Manchester City and Liverpool have completely rewritten the laws in recent seasons when it comes to Premier League dominance.
Not only have they amassed astonishing numbers in terms of goals scored and indeed goals conceded, but their points tallies in the last few campaigns have been nothing short of miraculous.
Their enthusiastic managers have unsurprisingly played a central role in the unparalleled success, but much of the credit must also be given to their loyal, outstanding performers on the pitch.
The likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have helped bring that success to Manchester, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson equally crucial over in Merseyside.
Long gone are the days of Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s superiority in the English top-flight, with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp ensuring a new era of supremacy thanks to their exciting, attacking football.
Those clubs certainly boast countless honours in their own right, with United and Chelsea sitting first and second respectively in the standings for league titles, with the former well ahead on 13 and the latter their nearest competitor on five.
But which teams hold the record for the most points ever achieved in Premier League history?
1. Man City – 100 points – 2017/18
City’s ‘Centurions’ secured this remarkable record and many others when they clinched their third Premier League title in 2018. Guardiola certainly had the necessary financial backing, but his tactical nous and ingenuity in the dugout were crucial in bringing more silverware to the Etihad.
Along with the trophy, the club picked up the most wins (32), most away wins (16), most consecutive wins (18), and most goals scored (106) among several other achievements. The success was also the biggest winning margin to second (19 points), with fierce rivals Manchester United their closest rivals in that incredible campaign.
2. Liverpool – 99 points – 2019/20
Jurgen Klopp’s side took the league by storm last season, reaching 61 points from their opening 21 games, the most ever recorded at that stage in any of Europe’s top five leagues. They even extended that tally to 79 from 27, as well as breaking countless other records like the fastest to 30 wins and the earliest title win.
It could have been a lot sweeter for the Reds, but their lacklustre performances after the season was interrupted ensured City’s tally of 100 points wasn’t to be surpassed. They did, however, equal the record of 32 victories, but above all delivered a long-awaited league title to Anfield.
3. Man City – 98 points – 2018/19
Just one season on from their record-breaking 100-point campaign, Guardiola’s outfit once again dominated proceedings. They racked up 32 wins for a second time, but took their foot off the gas and fell to shock losses against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, with the Sky Blues also losing at Chelsea and Leicester.
But their appetite for goals was undoubtedly what drove them to their fourth league title, with 6-1 victories against Huddersfield and Southampton standing out alongside a revenge encounter with Chelsea, where a Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped City to a 6-0 thrashing.
4. Liverpool – 97 points – 2018/19
Liverpool fans everywhere will still be scratching their heads as to how they didn’t clinch a much-needed title with just a single loss all season. But crucially that loss came against City, with their seven draws also playing a huge role in their agonising one-point losing battle with the eventual champions.
Klopp’s men even conceded 22 goals to City’s 23, but it wasn’t meant to be and they were made to wait for another year before that elusive trophy arrived at Anfield. Moreover, they hold the unwanted record for the highest-ever points tally without lifting the league title.
5. Chelsea – 95 points – 2004/05
If City and Liverpool are the modern-day record breakers, then Chelsea are certainly the originals, with Jose Mourinho securing the club’s first top-flight title in 50 years in his very first season at Stamford Bridge.
His announcement as ‘The Special One’ was backed up by an astonishing season in which the Blues conceded just 15 goals, the lowest ever total. The campaign also witnessed the start of their 86-game unbeaten home run, a record that finally came to an end in 2008, but one that still stands to this day.