Liverpool are currently shattering records for fun. The runaway Premier League leaders are currently on course to become the first team to register an unbeaten league campaign in each of the top two divisions – they did so in the second tier two centuries ago 1893-94.
The world and European champions also recently became the first team in Europe’s top-five leagues to record 64 points from their opening 22 league games.
If that wasn’t enough for you, Liverpool have won 21 and drawn just one of their first 22 Premier League games, the best start in top-flight history in England. They are currently embarking on a 39 league match unbeaten since losing to Manchester City on January 3 last year.
It doesn’t stop there for Klopp’s history-makers, Since March 10 of last year, the Reds have registered 91 points from a possible 93. Since drawing with Leicester City 12 months ago, they have won 19 consecutive home games in the Premier League, one short of Pep Guardiola’s record. They have not lost in the league at Anfield since April 2017 – that’s 1004 days ago!
Liverpool will be looking to become the first team since Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ in 2004 to go a full league season unbeaten and here at RTK we have dissected three matches we think will oppose the greatest imminent threat to the Reds’ recent cloak of invincibility.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 23 February 2020
Ironically, the next fixtur is arguably Klopp’s biggest test so far will and it will come in the form of Nuno Espirito Santos’ Wolves side on Thursday evening. No context is needed to describe the magnitude in terms of difficulty.
Having claimed the scalp of Manchester City on two occasions this season, Santos became the first manager since Antionio Conte in 2017 to register a Premier League double over Guardiola.
With that in mind, Liverpool will have to showcase the mental fortitude of champions if they are to prevail from the Midlands with their unbeaten status still in-tact.
Watford (A) 29 February 2020
Nigel Pearson’s influence on Watford since his recent arrival at the club has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Leicester City manager has inspired four victories in his opening seven league fixtures – his only defeat since his arrival was against Liverpool at Anfield back in December.
The Hornets have an array of talent and a system that is compact, physical and robust. Considering the gargantuan 16 point advantage Liverpool currently hold over City, a draw at Vicarage Road perhaps wouldn’t be a disastrous result.
Everton (A) 14 March 2020
The match every Kopite is dreaming will be the fixture that seals the title. The short trip across Stanley Park will take place just three days after the second leg of the Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid.
Klopp will continue hostilities with Carlo Ancelotti with the noisy neighbours praying to the Gods that this isn’t the match that confirms their worst nightmares and sees Liverpool confirmed as champions.
The Blues will be hell-bent on revenge following the Reds’ two Anfield victories against their Goodison rivals this season – including that embarrassing defeat at the hands of a bunch of kids.
However, considering two 0-0 draws in the previous two fixtures at Goodison Park, there is a chance that another halting could be on the cards. Everton are notoriously known for spoiling the Liverpool title party – surely lightning will not strike twice?