Liverpool have entered unprecedented territory when it comes to unwavering levels of consistency. The Reds’ latest example of their guts and steel were showcased after Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ came from behind to overcome West Ham 3-2 at Anfield on Monday night.
The English champions-elect’s 26th league victory of the season was one of their more dramatic as Liverpool’s 34-month unbeaten Anfield league run was on the verge of collapse with David Moyes looking in a good position to claim his first victory at the home of the Champions League holders in his previous 16 attempts.
Klopp’s Reds took an early lead when Georginio Wijnaldum converted from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inch-perfect cross. The visitors displayed great character to hit back through Issa Diop’s header and even threatened to end Liverpool unbeaten Anfield league run that stood since April 2017 when substitute Pablo Fornals swept West Ham into the lead nine minutes after the break.
However, the unbeaten league leaders 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.
Liverpool have now claimed 109 points from a possible 111 available since March and are unbeaten in the league since January 3, 2019. The Reds also extended their unbeaten league run to 44 matches – just five shy of Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ in 2004.
Remarkably, after once again Liverpool showcased the hallmark of champions there was one statistic that perhaps epitomises Klopp’s growing top-flight dominance since he took charge in October 2015.
Jürgen Klopp’s Premier League defeats at Anfield:
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 1 2 0 0 0
Fucking hell pic.twitter.com/YVFjwU7Yxw
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) February 25, 2020
In the five years since the German manager took charge at the Anfield helm, Liverpool have incredibly only lost four home league matches in 52 months – that’s 1601 days just for good measure.
The only three teams to leave the Anfield fortress since Klopp’s appointment with maximum points in the past five years are Crystal Palace (twice), Swansea City and Manchester United.
None of the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte or Brendan Rodgers could inspire league victories on the Red side of Stanley Park. Only Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, Paul Clement and Louis van Gaal have bettered Klopp on his own turf in the PL.