What’s going wrong for Liverpool, Man City this season?

You forgot what that was like, didn’t you? The last time Liverpool and Manchester City both dropped points on a Premier League matchday was April 10 … when they played each other to a 2-2 draw. Before that? It was Oct. 30, when City lost 2-0 to Palace and Liverpool drew 2-2 with Brighton. Just three weeks into this season, it’s already happened once.

Over the past four seasons, Liverpool and City have set absurd standards for consistency: City won 358 points, Liverpool were one back on 357, and no one else took more than 279. But thanks to aging squads, key departures, expensive new arrivals requiring tactical concessions and broader improvement across the rest of the league, both teams have looked vulnerable at the same time for the first time in a long time.

So let’s take a look at some of their issues and see what they might mean for the final 35 matches.

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