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Inside the Lines: Soccer league fills sports void

Multimedia Editor Liam Belan says newcomers who want to see exciting, high-octane action from a title contender should support Liverpool.

Avery Greenaway

Multimedia Editor Liam Belan says newcomers who want to see exciting, high-octane action from a title contender should support Liverpool.

Liam Belan, Multimedia Editor

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For some sports fans, winter can be a hard time. The end of NFL and college football leaves a huge void for many that hockey, basketball, and college basketball cannot always fill.
Here’s an idea: try watching soccer. The English Premier League is one of the most popular leagues in the world, with extensive coverage in the United States through NBC.
While there are 20 teams in the league, most American fans choose to root for one of top teams battling for the title.
Liverpool has been atop the league for good parts of the season, as they are reaching their full potential under manager Jurgen Klopp. Things are looking good for Liverpool, but they are known for blowing large leads at the top, as the team did in the 2013-14 season.
Newcomers who want to see exciting, high-octane action from a title contender should support Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Manchester City makes for a popular club to support. The team lacks the history of the other big title contenders, but makes up for it in money spent on salaries. Fans who believe that money buys happiness, or at least success, should follow Manchester City.
Across town sits one of the most recognizable clubs in the world, Manchester United. United has been in limbo ever since its legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, retired after 27 years in charge in 2013.
The Red Devils have seen the bad start to this season begin to turn around with the temporary hiring of yet another manager, former player Ole Gunnar Solskjær. He led United to a string of league wins to start off his reign, pulling the Red Devils back into decent position.
Still, the team finds itself at a bit of a standstill after years of success. If that sounds familiar, Manchester United could be the pick for fans of a certain Pittsburgh NFL team.

About the Contributors
Liam Belan, Multimedia Editor

Multimedia Editor Liam is a senior and this is his third year on the Purbalite. He plays soccer and is constantly watching or playing sports. He also enjoys...

Avery Greenaway, Multimedia Editor

Avery is a senior and this is her third year on the Purbalite. She’s always in the mood for some quality sushi, and is very adamant about her preference...

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