2019 will certainly go down as one of the finest years in Liverpool’s illustrious 127-year history. A sixth European Cup, a record-breaking 97 Premier League points haul, the status of current runaway league leaders and the small notion of being champions of the world, it really hasn’t been a bad 365 days for Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking team.
However, with Liverpool continuing to break accolades left, right and centre and the small matter of securing a first league title in 30 years has there ever been a better time to be a Kopite?
The Reds’ first fixture of the new year against Sheffield United epitomises their recent invincibility with Klopp’s team just one game away from making Premier League history. If Liverpool are to avoid defeat against Chris Wilder’s team they will have gone a full calendar year unbeaten.
They would become only the third team in the Premier League’s 18-year history to achieve the feat following in the footsteps of title-winning teams Arsenal (2003-04) and Chelsea (2004-05).
Klopp would also become the third Premier League manager ever to achieve the star-studded accolade that even eluded 13-time title-winning manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jose Mourinho inspired Chelsea to 40 matches unbeaten over a 13 month period before falling short against Manchester United in November 2005. Arsene Wenger currently holds the longest record without defeat having boasted an eye-watering 49 match unbeaten run – a record that expanded over a 15 month period before they also were defeated by United.
Liverpool last tasted defeat 364 days ago against Manchester City back in January 2019. Ironically, it was the only loss of Klopp’s 97-point 2018/19 campaign that saw them lose the league by a solitary point.
The Reds are currently 36 games unbeaten since that defeat at the Etihad. They have 31 wins during that period and have accumulated a total of 98 points. Their points per game average is a remarkable 2.65 – only Mourinho’s Chelsea averaged more having played two games more during that period.
With Liverpool once again on the cusp of history, it’s important supporters cherish just how special these times are because as we all know too well – nothing lasts in football.