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Newcastle United are the most improved team of the season as Chelsea and Liverpool suffer huge drop-off

The 2022-23 Premier League season ended yesterday, and it will be an understatement to say it was full of surprises.

Manchester City left it late (by their standards) to pip Arsenal to the title, while Manchester United and Newcastle United clinched the other two Champions League spots.

While the Magpies’ massive improvement left everyone impressed, the struggles of traditional powerhouses Liverpool and Chelsea were bewildering.

Newcastle finished fourth after picking up 19 wins, 14 draws (the joint-most) and five defeats (the joint-least).

They finished 11th in 2021-22, and the additional 22 points they accrued have made them the most improved team in the league.

Five other clubs also built upon their points tally from last season.

Arsenal, Man United and Brighton & Hove Albion picked up 15, 17 and 11 more points, respectively, all moving up three places.

Aston Villa picked up 16 more points, moving up seven places, while Brentford picked up 13 more points and moved up four places.

On the other hand, Chelsea dropped 30 points and moved down nine places, while Liverpool dropped 25 points and moved down three places.

The Reds will be playing in the Europa League as a result of their dip in form this term, while the Blues missed out on Europe.

Chelsea spent almost £600 million on 16 players across the last two transfer windows and were aiming to challenge for the title.

However, the new owners have discovered that it takes more than cash to build a top team.

Newcastle spent £155m on five players, which was enough for manager Eddie Howe to do a fine job.

Liverpool also recruited five players, spending £115m, but most of them struggled to improve Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the exit of Sadio Mane proving catastrophic.

The Reds and Chelsea will look to bounce back next term, but they need to land quality players capable of improving their respective squads.

Newcastle also need to get it right in the next two transfer windows to sustain momentum.

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