Savage - Manchester City get lower grades than Liverpool

Robbie Savage explains why he considers Liverpool’s 2013-14 campaign to have been better than that of the English champions.

Manchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three years this month, but, according to Robbie Savage, their 2013-14 campaign was not as good as that of Liverpool.

The former Derby County midfielder, who is a well-known football pundit, has graded Liverpool higher than the Citizens because of their dramatic progress under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.

The 39-year-old points out Manuel Pellegrini’s side's disappointing exit from the FA Cup and the Champions League, and grades their 2013-14 campaign as A.

‘Two trophies, and they won the Premier League in style when their rivals faltered, but it could have been four - the way they went out of the Champions League and the FA Cup was poor. Grade: A’, he wrote in The Mirror.

On the other, Liverpool got an A+ from the former Wales international because of the brilliant jump from seventh last season to second this term. In fact, had City lost their final game of the season against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, then the Merseyside outfit would have won the title for the first time in the Premier League era.

‘From seventh to second, playing the most attractive football in the country, makes Brendan Rodgers my manager of the season. What a shame they stumbled in the last three games, though. Grade: A+’, wrote Savage.

Interestingly, Arsenal also received an A from Savage for yet another top-four finish and for reaching the FA Cup final. Chelsea got an A-, same as Everton and Stoke City.

Savage has given Cardiff City D despite the Welsh club finishing at the foot of the table, while fellow relegated outfits Fulham and Norwich City both got E.

What about Manchester United, you ask ? The Red Devils got an E for a “horrible, unacceptable” season in which they finished seventh and also sacked their manager David Moyes.

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