Liverpool Re-write European Football History By Innocent Adulugba

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A Roberto Firmino first half winner at Tottenham ensured Liverpool set a record for the best start to a domestic campaign in the history of Europe’s top five leagues after amassing a staggering 61 points from their opening 21 games in the 2019/2020 season.

Roberto Firmino nets winning goal against Tottenham.

Accordingly,the 2017/18 Manchester City 59 points Premier League record masterminded by Pep Guardiola has been lowered by Liverpool’s 61 points tally at same stage of the season. Liverpool’s hyper-looping start to the season also shattered previous continental records from Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1(France), Barcelona in La Liga (Spain)and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga (Germany).

Highest cummulatives after 21 games

Team Competition Points Campaign
Liverpool Premier League 61 2019/20
Man City Premier League 59 2017/18
Juventus Serie A 59 2018/19
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 59 2013/14
Barcelona La Liga 58 2010/11, 2012/13
PSG Ligue 1 57 2015/16

 

In his post-match press conference to Sky Sports, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, conveyed the elation among the fans. He said, “The record is really cool, it’s exceptional. When I analysed after the game, I told the boys what we could and should have done better because, of course, I know if it was easy to have a winning streak then so many other teams would have done it. It’s obviously exceptional.”

The advance of the Reds has not been a leisurely stroll. Blighted by a Champion’s League final defeat to Real Madrid and a “near perfect” second place finish in the EPL, Liverpool have now gone 38 Premier League games without defeat (W33 D5); since their last league loss at Man City in January 2019. Other league rivals like Tottenham have lost 16 Premier League matches by comparison.

In English top-flight history, this is Liverpool’s joint-best scoring run from the start of a season with the Reds also scoring in their opening 21 games in 1933-34. The Reds have relentlessly amassed104 points across their last 38 Premier League matches (W33 D5 L0); this is a record total by any team across a 38-match spell in the competition’s history, overtaking 102-point stretches by Man City (ending in 2018) and Chelsea(2005).

And a victory over Sheffield United on January 2, admitted Liverpool into the elite class of clubs to have gone a year unbeaten in the Premier League.

Unbeaten runs in the EPL

Club Games Year
Arsenal 49 2003-2004
Chelsea 40 2004-2005
Liverpool 38* 2019-2020

From the stats above, the Reds are closing in on the division’s best unbeaten runs. Jurgen Klopp dished out defeat to Jose Mourinho in a pulsating encounter in London. That result thus extended their unbeaten run in the top flight to 38 games, the equivalent length of an entire Premier League season,

Can Europe’s best football club sustain the upward momentum to achieve an unprecedented “Immortal status”? How many more rivers to cross for Liverpool? The Redscould equal Chelsea’s 40-game unbeaten run, set under Jose Mourinho between 2004 and 2005, afer two games (including vs Manchester United). They are still 11 games short of the overall record set by Arsenal’s Invincibles between 2003 and 2004.

 

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