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Earliest Premier League champion: Is Liverpool fastest to clinch?

Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino look back on Liverpool's long wait for their first Premier League title, which could finally end next week.

Given the might and distribution of power in the Premier League, you’d have been forgiven if you though Man City clinching the 2017-18 title with five games left on the docket was the earliest Premier League champion in history.

Not anymore.

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Liverpool has now earned the new standard, winning the Premier League with seven games left in its season thanks to a dominant season and Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Man City on Thursday.

Here are the teams who claimed the earliest Premier League champion and titles in English top-flight history after the Reds blew past the four fastest-finishers in national history.

5 - Everton (1984-85)

The Toffees then took the rest of the season off, losing three of the five matches left on the docket.

5 - Manchester United (1907-08)

They played 38 back then and Ernest Mangnall’s team ‘only’ won the league by nine points after going 1W-2D-3L down the stretch.

5 - Manchester United (2000-01)

This team, like Everton above, didn’t bother much with the remaining five outings. After a 1-1 derby draw with Man City, Sir Alex’s en beat Middlesbrough then lost three-straight.

5 - Man City (2017-18)

If Liverpool are to earn the title of having the best season in English history, it will be measured against this mighty side. City lost just twice and drew four times, only one of those setbacks coming after the title was won.

7 -- Liverpool (2019-20)

What else can you say about the Reds, who may become the best team in English history before this whole thing is said and done in July?