Liverpool are gunning for a historic milestone when they take on Wolves this Thursday. It’s one only four English teams have achieved.
Should Liverpool avoid defeat at Molineux, they will reach 40 league games unbeaten (stats per BBC). They’d be the first Premier League team to achieve that since Chelsea hit the same mark in 2005.
In fact, since then, the only team in the English Football League to hit 40 was League One Huddersfield Town back in 2011. And only two more teams make the list in English Football League history – Arsenal in 2004 and Nottingham Forest in 1978.
That milestone certainly adds some extra spice to an already tough game for Liverpool against Wolves. As little as you actually get for going a certain number of games unbeaten, you do want to hit those marks.
And doing so would put Liverpool just nine behind Arsenal’s record of 49 – 10 behind setting a new one.
If Liverpool avoid defeat on Thursday, they’ll move joint with Chelsea as the fourth-best. Do the same against West Ham United next week and they take that spot for themselves.
As for when they can start moving up those rankings, avoid defeat until after the Norwich game and they beat Forest’s 42. Don’t lose to West Ham at home and they’ll beat Huddersfield’s 43.
As for that Arsenal record, Liverpool will equal it if they leave the Eithad on April 4th still undefeated. After Manchester City comes Aston Villa at home, so the Reds would be breaking the record at Anfield.
Still, there’s a long way to go. For now, let’s see if Liverpool can hit that 40-game mark on Thursday.