Liverpool’s 4-0 victory against Bournemouth was their 15th league victory of the season. Despite putting the Reds comfortably eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, it also guaranteed another personal accolade for Jurgen Klopp and his team.
The win on the south coast meant that Liverpool will definitely top of the tree come Christmas day. It will be the fourth time in Premier League history that the Reds will be at the summit on December 25.
However, there is one miserable statistic, in particular, that is continually coming back to haunt the current European champions. The honour of leading the pack during the festive period usually comes with a certain inevitability. History suggests that if you are at the league summit come Christmas day you will lift the title – if you’re not Liverpool that is.
The Reds are in fact the only team to have been top at Christmas and still manage to fall short come May as they did in 2009, 2014 and of course 2019. This is usually Liverpool’s title credentials have tended to derail during the January period or in the case of last year where there was just no undoing Manchester City – who won 14 consecutive matches in 2019 to claim the title.
Throughout the 17 seasons, since the Premier League was first established, only on three occasions has there been an alteration in league position come the final day of the campaign and on each of those three occasions, the team was indeed Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have made their best-ever start to a domestic campaign – registering 46 points from a possible 46. They are currently unbeaten in the league in their previous 33 matches and have only dropped two points since March.
The evidence above would tell you that the Reds’ current form should be sustainable enough to see a first league title since 1990. But this is, of course, Liverpool and the Merseysiders are not keen supporters of doing things the easy way.