Will Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp uplift the January curse or will lightening strike a fifth time?
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Will Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp uplift the January curse or will lightening strike a fifth time?

Liverpool are continuing to break records with their cloak of invincibility still taking effect in 2020 after Jurgen Klopp’s team once again made Premier League history.

The European champions will go a whole calendar year unbeaten in the league after beating Sheffield United on Thursday evening. Liverpool are on a run of 37 league matches unbeaten and have claimed a gargantuan 101 points during that period.

However, following a gruelling December period that saw nine matches over a 30-day period, Liverpool must be ready for what is another ‘make-or-break’ month.

History would state that January is perhaps Klopp’s least favourite month of the year after seeing the team’s season derail on a number of occasions following the inaugural month of the new year.

The German manager’s first January period in charge of the Reds in 2016 started this abysmal trend after Liverpool lost three matches and won just two in nine – that included their elimination from the third round of the FA Cup at the hands of West Ham.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Michail Antonio (L) of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with his team mates Andy Carroll (C) and Aaron Cresswell (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on January 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Klopp’s fortunes would not bare much differently the following season with Liverpool’s 2016/17 campaign all-but completely falling apart in January 2017 after the Reds were completely winless in the league and were eliminated from both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup following defeats to Southampton and Wolves respectively.

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Surely lightning wouldn’t strike a third time? However, the curse continued to haunt Klopp and his team in 2018. The month of January seemingly looked to uplift the famous affliction after three consecutive victories against Burnley, Everton and Manchester City.

Despite the perfect start, after ending City’s unbeaten run, Liverpool were then subsequently beaten by the relegated Swansea and then eliminated from the FA Cup following a home defeat to an-also relegated West Brom side.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Leroy Sane of Manchester City scores his team’s second goal past Alisson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Fast-forward a year and following a record-breaking 2018/19 campaign, surely the January hoodoo would finally be extinguished? Wrong. Liverpool would yet again see their season hindered by their shortcomings in the first month of the new year.

The Reds’ only defeat of the calendar year for 2019 occurred in their opening fixture of January. The 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium was Liverpool’s only defeat of the entire season and ultimately proved the difference as Liverpool missed out on the title by a solitary point.

An FA Cup defeat yet again at the hands of Wolves would again follow with Klopp still yet to make it past the fourth round of the competition. The month would conclude with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Anfield – the most recent occasion Liverpool dropped points at their fortress of a home ground.

With Liverpool currently 10 points clear at the league summit despite having played two matches less than all of their title rivals, surely 2020 is the year the January burden reaches its end. But if there is one thing that is for certain when being a Reds supporter it’s that the team will put you through the emotional wringer.

So, take a seat, take a deep breath and take out some much-needed life insurance as the month of January is once again upon us.


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