Sunday was a disappointing day for Kopites. Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford as strong favourites to take home a routine three points. However, it’s Old Trafford, we have a mental block there – referees do too apparently. The Reds were robbed of the win by a series of horrendous errors by Martin Atkinson. Man United opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford after Victor Lindelof hacked Divock Origi to the ground in the build up. The dropped points mean that Liverpool miss out on the consecutive win landmark but they can still topple Arsenal’s unbeaten record.
Arsenal famously went an entire season unbeaten in 2003/04. Under Arsene Wenger they managed to go 49 games undefeated before defeat at Manchester United kept them reaching half a century. The side have gone down in the history books for the feat and no team has repeated the achievement since. Liverpool are steadily charging toward the record.
Liverpool are currently 26 games unbeaten after their draw at Old Trafford. The Reds need to avoid loss in their next 24 games in order to beat Arsenal’s record and hit that magic 50 games undefeated. If Liverpool were to set the unbeaten record they would have to pick up at least a point in every game until mid-April, Jürgen Klopp’s side can set the record by winning or drawing against Brighton & Hove Albion on the 18th of April 2020.
This is not an unrealistic challenge for the Reds. Liverpool have looked rock solid at the back in the last year, the Anfield side only lost once last season as they controversially left the Etihad empty handed. December will undoubtedly be the trickiest period of the season for Liverpool as they face the traditional frenzy of Premier League fixtures, combined with the Club World Cup.