Saturday 22 July 2017

City will take crown – but year belongs to Liverpool

Rodgers' amazing success has defied logic and brought romance to cold, money-driven world

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge

Joe Molloy

Barring a collapse of epic proportions, it would appear that the principles of Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper, authors of 'Soccernomics', have won out once again.

Manchester City, the team with the highest wage bill in world sport, have prevailed and as Szymanski and Kuper have shown, the wage bill explains 92pc of any variation in a club's mean league position dating back 40-odd years.

City's wage bill this year was a tidy £220m. Chelsea come next on £190m, then Manchester United on £176m, Arsenal on £160m and Liverpool on £129m. The table once again highlights the staggering failings of David Moyes at Manchester United and it will be a statistical miracle if Louis van Gaal doesn't improve things.

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