The Premier League table can paint a rather ambiguous picture when analysing the competitiveness of the English top-flight. 22 points currently stands as the gulf between the two standout teams in the league this season.
This would suggest that Liverpool have steamrolled their way to unrivalled domestic glory without clicking into gear not breaking a sweat – this is far from the truth when analysing the Reds’ season.
It is worth adding some context to Liverpool’s unwavering dominance in the PL to explain why such relentless consistency from the Reds shouldn’t diminish the quality of their top-flight opponents.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have claimed a frankly ridiculous 109 points from their previous 111 available since March. Yes, the Reds have won 36 of their last 37 league matches and have surrendered just two points all season. This doesn’t, however, paint the full picture.
Liverpool’s 27 PL matches this season have all produced different outcomes despite the inevitable result typically being in favour of the Reds. Despite this, Klopp’s team haven’t been winning matches at a canter and it is worth noting how hard the team have had to dig in on numerous occasions to get the wins they crave.
Only four of Liverpool’s 27 league games have resulted in victories by a three-goal margin – Manchester City have won seven. Also, just under half of those matches have been decided by a one-goal margin with six of them settled by winning-goals in the final 10 minutes.
These stats do not diminish the quality of the opponent but rather showcase the resilience and adaptability Klopp has installed into his players. The team never know when they are beaten and even when they are on the precipice of dropping points, Liverpool always conjure up a way to win.
Even the supposed routine victories such as the 4-1 win at Norwich and the 4-0 victory against Southampton do not accurately reflect the flow of the match nor do justice to how competitive the game was until Liverpool clicked into their devestating best.
It is easy to look at the gaping gap between Liverpool and all their domestic challengers and to say there has only been one team of significant-quality this season but rather than fixate on shortcomings of others we should take a minute to appreciate just how talented this Reds team is in making the unsustainable seem ordinary.