26 down, four more to go.

Premier League immortality is firmly in sight. Once again, Liverpool shattered history at Anfield following the Reds’ 26th triumph of the season. Jurgen Klopp’s team made it Liverpool 21 straight home Premier League victories, equalling the English top-flight record for consecutive home wins.

Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (R) celebrates with Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold after scoring his team’s third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 24, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The 22-point gap at the top, however, has become sufficiently irrelevant at this stage; there is no way they will be caught – not even by a team as formidable as Pep Guardiola’s Machester City.

It was a night where Klopp’s rallying cry was heeded by the Liverpool faithful to get their team over the line during a dramatic night at the home of the English champions-elect.

Also, the Reds’ latest triumph of the season matched the English top-flight record of 18 successive wins, set by City from August to December 2017, with the champions-elect last dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in October.

27 May 1999: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson kisses the European Cup on his return to Manchester after victory in the UEFA Champions League final over Bayern Munich. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport

It is also worth noting that we are still in February and already Liverpool have amassed the same number of points as Sir Alex Fergurson’s treble-winning United side in 1999.

 

Liverpool took an early lead when Georginio Wijnaldum converted from Alexander-Arnold’s inch-perfect cross. David Moyes’ side showed great character to hit back through Issa Diop’s header and even threatened to end the Reds’ 34-month unbeaten Anfield league run when substitute Pablo Fornals swept West Ham into the lead nine minutes after the break.

However, the European champions fought back after Fabianski inexplicably allowed Mohamed Salah’s shot to squirm through his legs in the 68th minute before Sadio Mane settled the contest nine minutes from time Alexander-Arnold’s lofted the ball found the Senegalese ace.

West Ham proved that even a team as formidable as Liverpool can have the odd night off. It didn’t matter, however, as Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ did as they notoriously tend to do, by sealing yet victory. Another three points. Twelve more and 30 years of elusive suffering on Merseyside will finally be over.

 

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