In 2020, three aspects of life are guaranteed; death, taxes and Liverpool winning in the Premier League as yet again Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect strengthened their grip on a first league title since 1990.
19 really is a magic number for Liverpool as the Reds moved nineteen points ahead of current holders Manchester City with all 19 of their Premier League foes now swept swiftly aside – league title No.19 now seems a matter of when rather than if for the world and European champions.
It was victory No.23 in the capital on Wednesday night as Liverpool also secured a 15th consecutive league win to further extend their 41-match unbeaten league run – surpassing the feat achieved by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2005.
By right, current West Ham manager David Moyes should have just entered the final year of his Manchester United contract. However, nearly six years on from his sacking it became increasingly apparent that the Scotsman has been keeping a close eye on the goings-on at his former club if his approach in last night’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool is anything to go by.
Once again, Klopp’s troops were tasked with the challenge of breaking down a 5-4-1 system at the London Stadium last night. Indeed, the runaway league leaders faced a mirror-opposite threat against United only a couple of weeks prior, with two left-backs in Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku utilised similarly to that of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams earlier this month.
Both Creswell and Shaw are traditionally deployed at left-back and their make-shift positions against the Reds were a real giveaway as Liverpool were able to reap havoc in-between the West Ham lines.
It paid dividends to the adaptability Klopp has installed amongst the players with the Reds forced to identify alternative solutions to break down a stubborn West Ham defensive back-line. Similarly to against the Red Devils, Liverpool’s notorious long and vertical ball technique failed to punish the hosts who were increasingly pinned back forcing the Reds to quickly cook up another winning-formula.
With other 70 per cent possession, Liverpool were able to move the ball patiently left-to-right spreading the play and meticulous binding their time for an opening in the Hammers’ defence. Inevitably for this winning-machine of a team, the gaps quickly began to appear and the parallels between the two teams became stark – the Reds had their foot on the throats of the Londoners and Klopp’s team were not in a forgiving mood.
Moyes did his best to operate a conservative approach that attempted to frustrate the visitors. Sadly for the former Everton manager, limiting this Liverpool team to very little has become an almost impossible task considering the Reds have scored in every league they’ve played since March.
It seems that whatever system is deployed by an opponent, nobody has a remedy that is able to stop these title-marching Reds.
Nineteen played, nineteen beaten, nineteen clear. This history-defining team are transforming the game as we know it and this insurmountable lead has the chance to only increase further when the Reds welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday.