Liverpool return to Premier League action on Monday night where they will face West Ham United at Anfield.
The English champions-elect are just five league victories from becoming PL immortals with Jurgen Klopp’s team currently commanding a 22-point lead at the top of the league summit.
Meanwhile, West Ham are currently in the midst of a relegation dogfight with David Moyes’ one point from safety and winless in their previous five league matches.
With Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a league title tantalizingly within touching distance, the match throws up some interesting questions for Klopp and Liverpool to answer.
Can Liverpool match City’s all-time record?
Liverpool’s 27th league match of the season present Klopp and his ‘mentality monsters’ with an other shot at Premer League history.
The Reds have shattered records for fun this season following the European champions’ unprecedented level of consistency.
If Liverpool are to claim their 17th league win of the season against the Hammers it will also mark their 18th consecutive top-flight win – equaling City’s all-time record in the 2017/18 season.
Klopp and his team have registered 103 points from an available 105 since March and the team are unbeaten for over 400 days in the league.
It is also reminding we are still only in February and Liverpool have the opportunity to make it 79 points from 27 league matches – that has previously been enough to win the league on numerous occasions.
Does Klopp make wholesale changes?
Ahead of the clash, manager Klopp indicated that despite the gruelling demands of a midweek trip to the Spanish capital, the six-day gap in-between the two fixtures has provided enough rest time to not be too concerned with making wholesale changes.
Speaking in his Friday afternoon press conference, Klopp admitted the club had more time to prepare for their PL duties than usual and this could indicate only a couple of alterations to the team that was defeated in Madrid.
He said: “I could [make changes] because apart from Hendo all of the boys are fit. But Tuesday – Monday there is absolutely no need to do it. There is enough time, that’s longer than we usually have. We will see who will start and will make more changes but not because of the Atletico game”.
The only player confirmed unavailable for the Anfield fixture on Monday is club-captain Jordan Henderson. The 29-year-old skipper left the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium towards the end of the European affair and was seen leaving the stadium limping through the mixed zone on the way to the team coach.
This could see either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Naby Keita rewarded with a place in the starting line-up in three days time. Both players were included in Klopp’s XI during the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Norwich at the weekend and either would be an adequate replacement for Henderson.
Could Neco Williams make his Premier League debut?
With Klopp having to balance three separate competitions could the German manager hand an inaugural Premier League bout to Neco Williams?
Trent Alexander-Arnold has once again been an ever-present figure for the Reds and against Atletico Madrid, The Scouser in our team endured one of his rarer off nights.
If Neco Williams starts ahead of Alexander-Arnold in a couple of our forthcoming fixtures then Trent can train in the week, rest up at a weekend and still come on from the bench if needed.