Liverpool are operating at a pace that has been unprecedented in the history of top-flight English football.
Jurgen Klopp’s winning-machine have won a staggering 24 league matches and have drawn just one of their first 25 games.
It is the strongest start seen not only in the Premier League era but in top-flight history across England, France, Germany, Italy or Spain. With more than a third of the season still to play, they have already racked up two more league wins than Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1999.
Perhaps the biggest fear regarding this carefully managed well-oiled Autobot system is that the Reds’ ridiculous form will, of course, one day reach a decline. Despite Liverpool making the unsustainable look ordinary, the reality is that a drop off will soon take its place.
Klopp has been in this situation before during his time with Borussia Dortmund. In 2011, the German manager claimed his first Bundesliga title after the club registered 75 points to usurp Bayern Munich as league champions.
The following year, Klopp did the unthinkable by not only retaining the Bundesliga crown but even bettering their points tally the season before after Dortmund registered 81 points for the 2011/12 season – eight points ahead of Bayern.
Dortmund were at the peak of their powers in 2012 having reigned supreme in Germany for a second consecutive season for the first time since 1996. However, the inevitable decline would occur after the club lost their player of the season for 2012 after Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United.
Whilst the addition of Marco Reus softened the blow the reality was that Dortmund, despite their continued success could not stop their best players being pipped by their European rivals. The 2012/13 season saw Klopp and the team finish 15 points worse off than the previous year – and 25 points off Jupp Heynckes’ title-winning Bayern.
Their domestic surrender was coupled by the devestating Champions League final defeat to their German rivals which would be the first of six consecutive managerial final defeats for Klopp.
Pep Guardiola’s arrival to Germany was the defining period for Klopp’s Dortmund as it ultimately began the club’s major decline. Mario Gotze made the switch to Bayern and Robert Lewandowski had agreed to join once his contract concluded the following season.
A respectable 71 points for Klopp in 2014 wasn’t enough for the league championship as Bayern won the German top-flight amassing 19 points more than Dortmund.
When Klopp finally departed Borussia Dortmund to end his seven-year spell in May, he left as a fallen hero.
The fans, the board and the players were devastated to see him go, and yet Klopp left under the cloud of a near-disastrous final season.
After winning two titles, one double and guiding Dortmund to the Champions League final, the club icon’s final season in charge was characterised by shocking defending, endless defeats and ultimately broken hearts.
By November 2014, Dortmund had slumped to the bottom of the league and were looking a team in disarray. They did manage to claw a dramatic revival and Dortmund even set up a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich in the German cup. Days later, however, Klopp announced that he would resign at the end of the season.
Klopp’s final game in charge for the club was a 3-1 defeat in the German Cup final to Wolfsburg. The Dortmund fans were at least left with some good memories from their former manager. Qualification for Europe and a place in the cup final were some small consolation in what was ultimately a turbulent season.
The sad truth for Dortmund was that their back-to-back Bundesliga-winning team were ultimately picked apart piece by piece until they became almost unfamiliar entirely. Within four years, Lewandowski, Gotze and Mats Hummels had all joined bitter rivals Bayern.
Liverpool, however, will back themselves that unlike at Dortmund, they and Klopp will be able to hold on to their greatest assets.
Whilst the Reds have lost both Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez to Barcelona with the South American duo’s decision to leave largely influenced by the players wanting a cultural change.
The difference for Klopp now is that his Liverpool team currently sit atop everyone else in Europe. His European champions have emerged unrivalled to all that have opposed them and the idea of leaving this world-conquering outfit for any team across the globe will now be considered a dropdown.
Liverpool are the best team in the world and are in such a spot of luxury that even Real Madrid and Barcelona cannot afford to flex their muscles and convince the club’s greatest assets to make the switch to Spain.
Why would any of Liverpool’s squad want give up the opportunity to be part of a dynasty that could potentially last for over 30 years? Klopp’s contract extension epitomises this belief that the club’s gargantuan rise back to their perch is a sustainable one.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are both in transitional periods, meanwhile, Liverpool have installed the belief that they can compete for the top prizes across Europe again and again for years to come.