Liverpool’s pursuit of a first league title since 1990 is operating at a blistering pace as the runaway league leaders yet again extended their gargantuan lead at the league summit.
Make that 13 points that separates the European champions from all of their title rivals as Liverpool comfortably took apart Sheffield United at Anfield to make it a full calendar year unbeaten in the league.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are now 37 matches unbeaten in the top-flight – accumulating 101 points during that period following their 11th consecutive win against the Blades at Anfield.
Liverpool also made it five consecutive clean sheets following another inspiring display from central defensive duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. The two players have a 100 per cent record in the league when partnered together and both have been included in BBC Sport’s Team of the Week.
The weekly XI that is chosen by BBC Sport’s analyst Garth Crook’s included both of Liverpool’s impenetrable centre-back who helped extend Liverpool’s unbeaten Anfield league run to 51 matches.
Van Dijk, 27, and Gomez, 24 recorded a combined 254 completed passes between each other – 12 more than the entire Sheffield United team.
In the 12 matches, Gomez has been absent this season, Liverpool have only registered two clean sheets and have conceded 13 goals. Meanwhile, with the England international in the team, the Reds have conceded just one goal whilst boasting five clean sheets.
However, Crook’s decision to not include Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in the XI is a questionable one. The Champions League-winning skipper put an inspiring MOTM performance against Chris Wilder’s team to ensure the Reds have now claimed 58 points from a possible 60 this season.
Henderson had a 92 per cent passing accuracy against United, he made 12 ball recoveries, four chances created and produced 14 passes into the final third.
From almost being sold in a swap deal for Clint Dempsey to captaining the best club in the world, switching play, being aggressive and embodying this side with his energy. Henderson’s Liverpool tale is certainly one of the greatest stories in a team of stories.