Lampard explains why Liverpool and Manchester City have dropped so many points already this season

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With eight games into the season, one thing is already clear – Liverpool or Manchester City won’t stroll away with the Premier League title.

For the past three seasons, Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the Premier League, creating a huge gap between them and their rivals.

Just last season, Liverpool won the league finishing 33 points ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, this season, Liverpool are in third place, and have already lost once and drawn two games, with Aston Villa hammering them 7-2. It’s even worse for Manchester City who are 10th on the table and have drawn three games and lost once.

Manchester City and Liverpool, have dropped twice as many points in their opening eight games as they did last term, and Lampard has blamed it on lack of pre-season football, while also expecting the gap to be reduced this season.

“It’s definitely more open than in recent years and we haven’t seen the gaps open up,” Lampard said.

“I truly believe the lack of pre-season has been a big issue for some clubs and we’ve felt that here, particularly given that we carried on in Europe for extra weeks [at the end of last season]. There are issues of freshness, no pre-season and of course this ongoing factor of not having fans in the stadiums.

“There are lots of challenges for everybody to try to overcome but what we have to do is find the best way to navigate through them. We’re in a decent position at the moment but we want more.”

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