This weekend sees Liverpool play a fixture of massive symbolic importance. If The Reds avoid defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium they will have gone 38 games unbeaten – the equivalent of a full season. Of course, this isn’t technically a season unbeaten, history will surely forget the game. Jürgen Klopp has dismissed talk of the Liverpool invincibles at his pre-match press conference (broadcast on the club’s YouTube channel).
Only one side in modern history has gone a season unbeaten: Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 side. The Gunners managed to go 49 games unbeaten but, unlike Liverpool, they picked up a lot of draws along the way.
Last season there was just one game that stopped Liverpool from becoming the new invincibles – Manchester City away. If the Reds had avoided defeat that day they would likely have won the league and perhaps even have matched City’s centurions campaign.
When asked about the potential record before the Spurs game, Klopp told the press:
“Haven’t thought a second about it. We wouldn’t have won so many games had we done that. Other teams never set a record because they wanted a record, you need to be focused. My big problem now is Spurs. How they think and play. Only concern.”
What RTK has to say
Why do people still keep bothering Jürgen with these questions? The German never falters from his line which is always “we think about the next game, nothing else”.
This one game at a time mentality is what has seen the Reds achieve such enormous success in 2019. We will continue to take each game as it comes and by doing that we will inch closer and closer to Liverpool claiming the invincibles title – whether we do or not is irrelevant, winning each game is.