‘I am pinching myself’. Those were the words used by Liverpool’s chairman to sum up what it is like to witness one of the great footballing sides the world has ever seen.
Tom Werner isn’t the only one who is questioning the reality we live in following such unprecedented consistency from Jurgen Klopp’s team. The German’s very-own ‘mentality monsters’ are transforming the game as we know and have mastered the ability to make the unsustainable feel ordinary.
The Premier League champions-elect are a gargantuan 22-points clear at the top of the league and it’s only February – I’ll say that again, February!
Liverpool’s superiority at the top is the greatest margin in terms of points at any stage of a top-flight season in the history of English football.
If that wasn’t enough, the Reds have also taken 100 points from their previous 102 – surrendering just two points in 11 months of football. Liverpool have won 24 of their 25 league matches this season and are currently on a run of 16 consecutive league wins.
Their 42-match current unbeaten run recently saw Klopp equal Brian Clough’s remarkable feat with his European conquering Nottingham Forest team back in 1978.
Liverpool are also still on course for an extraordinary treble with the Reds currently preparing for their Champions League knockout stage tie against Atletico Madrid, and their fifth-round FA Cup clash with Chelsea later this month.
The ridiculous standards that Klopp is able to replicate on a weekly basis is testament to the incredible job the German has done since his joined the club back in October 15.
FIFA’s 2019 Coach of the Year radiates positivity. In the space of just four years, Klopp has transformed the club from one that had lost its way into the champions of world and Premier League champions-elect. No-one has had a bigger impact on Liverpool Football Club since Bill Shankly’s appointment 60 years ago.
No wonder Liverpool chairman Werner is encouraging everyone involved to savour the moment as it is incredibly likely that we may never see something quite this extraordinary again in our lifetime.
“I am pinching myself, but we haven’t done the job yet,” said Werner [BBC Sport].
“I keep saying to everyone I talk to that we really need to savour this because I appreciate the record we have achieved so far and I don’t think it is going to come along quickly [again].”
Liverpool are just six wins away from top-flight immortality with the 30-year wait for league title within touching distance.
Klopp’s impact on the club’s mindset extends way beyond the dressing room. A fanbase has been energised and fortress Anfield has been rebuilt. Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league at Anfield since April 2017 with 10 of the club’s senior players unbeaten at the home of the European champions altogether in the league since joining the club.
Shrewd recruitment has been the Reds’ tactical acumen since FSG took charge nearly a decade ago. From a team decaying and fighting in the lower region of the table to a enterprise that demands perfection. Klopp has been the owner’s greatest coup since buying the club in 2010.
“The level of competition in this league is so great eventually you think you are going to have an off day,” said Werner [BBC Sport]. “But that hasn’t happened yet, which is a great compliment to Jurgen because obviously, the team is playing at peak talent every week.
“As Jurgen said, we haven’t done the job. We haven’t accomplished anything yet. There will be time to enjoy this even more at the end of the season.”
“We all have to look at the calendar,” said Werner, after emerging from a three-hour Premier League shareholders’ meeting, which was attended by representatives of all 20 top-flight clubs.
“We are all concerned at the amount of stress we are putting on our players. It is a bigger issue and I am not competent to know what the solution is.”