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Glen Johnson compares Liverpool to Leicester's 2016 Premier League-winning side

Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has made a strange comparison regarding Jurgen Klopp’s runaway Premier League leaders who will be in action yet again on Thursday evening.

The European champions will host Sheffield United at Anfield in their first match of the new year following a record-breaking 2019. If Liverpool are to avoid defeat against the Blades, it will mean they will have gone a full calendar year unbeaten in the league – becoming only the third Premier League team to do so.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on December 29, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Liverpool are currently 36 games unbeaten in the league and are a gargantuan 10 points clear at the top of the table despite having played two games less than all of their title rivals. Klopp’s team have averaged an eye-watering 2.65 points per game over the course of their 363-day run that has seen them accumulate a total of 98 points.

With the Reds on the cusp of history, Premier League-winning full-back Johnson has noticed comparisons in Klopp’s current crop of players with Leicester City’s 2016 title-winning squad.

Talking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Jonshon said:  ‘They {Liverpool} are trying to take each game as it comes.”

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“It’s similar to when Leicester won the league. All the so-called top-six were pretty average and it feels like anyone can beat anyone and then there is Liverpool.

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“It seems like Liverpool are the ones nobody can get to but the others {the rest of league} keep dropping points.

“They blew Leicester away, but other than that it’s been 2-1’s, 1-0’s which is obviously great. They haven’t been blowing teams away but they keep doing enough.

“If they keep doing what they are doing there is no reason they cannot go unbeaten.”

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool lifts the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

To be compared to any Premier League-winning team is, of course, a compliment. However, this comparison, in particular, is perhaps stranger than it first comes across.

Claudio Ranieri’s title-winning side were of-course magnificent but they only accumulated 81 points during that season. To put that into perspective all of Liverpool’s former side’s of 2009, 2014 and 2019 would have pipped the Foxes to the title that season having claimed more points in each of those three campaigns.

Leicester’s current squad under the guidance of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have boasted a better points per game tally than that under Ranieri in the 2015/16 season. Liverpool have of course completed a league double over Rodger’s side – including that resounding 4-0 victory on Boxing Day.

Also, Klopp’s current team are only 26 points away from Leicester’s final total despite having played 19 matches less. If Liverpool were to double the number of points they have accumulated already they will finish the season with a record-breaking 110 points – 29 points better than Leicester in 2016.

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