So looks like it’s almost settled then this little matter of the Reds kicking all butts in their line of vision and wresting the ‘Invincibles’ tag from Arsenal? After all nobody else seems to dare say otherwise.
Former Gunners strongman Robert Pires, who lifted the Premier League trophy at the end of that incredible record-setting 2003-2004 season together with Thierry Henry, claims ‘lucky’ Liverpool will go the entire Premier League season unbeaten. However he asserts that Klopp’s Reds are not as impressive as Arsenal’s Invincibles as he insists the 2004 ‘Invincibles’ had it much harder.
Pires told France Football via Goal: “Yes, because they have everything going for them: the team, the results, the luck, the coach… I think there are a lot of people who will agree.”
“Considering how they have been playing for some time, I can’t see who would trouble them. Even Manchester City, when I look at the match against City [a 3-1 win for Liverpool at Anfield in November], there is too big a difference. It’s how they all defend. They play in a 4-3-3 and as soon as they lose the ball, especially in the middle, they are strong, physical.”
“I thought they would have a little drop in speed because they don’t stop playing and they keep travelling. After Boxing Day, I thought they would fall apart anyway, and no the guys are still there physically.”
“Today, technically the Premier League has dipped a little. It’s a bit of an observation people make here. When you see the squads of Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal, it’s not as strong as it was a few years ago. The only ones who can trouble them are Manchester City.”
“They will be champions by going unbeaten, but they can also beat our record. Everything has changed today. People will compare, but I think it was much, much harder in our time.
The unbeaten Reds continued to march towards a first title in 30 years gathered yet more pace as a 4-0 victory over Southampton sent them 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Seven more wins will guarantee their first domestic championship since 1990 after a 24th victory in 25 matches and ninth clean sheet in 10 games. Liverpool will not only be trying to win the Premier League for the first time in their history – Jurgen Klopp’s side are smack on course to enter the history books.
For starters, they could smash Manchester City’s record of 100 points and if this gets done before April 14, clinch another record for the earliest Premier League title win.
Manchester United added the Champions League and FA Cup to their Premier League title in 1998/99, thus accomplishing the Treble. Arsenal won in supreme style in 2003/04 by remaining unbeaten the entire season.
Based on the stats after 25 league games, Liverpool’s team of 2019/20 are certainly ahead of United’s Treble winners and Arsenal’s Invincibles. Their current side, not having lost a game in the league this season, have a 96% win percentage whilst through 25 matches Arsenal’s was 72% and United’s was 56%.
Klopp’s team have 10 more wins than Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had at the same point and have 23 more points than Man United.
Liverpool are so far tops in every single category. With more wins and more goals than United and Arsenal and conceded fewer. Their incredible (invincible?) run has decimated the opposition so far and their domination so clinical and thorough that Jurgen’s ‘Invincibles’ could zap up a whole slew of other new records with 13 games still to go in the Premier League season.
According to premierleague.com these include:
Best start ever
Liverpool’s 73 points from their first 25 matches is a Premier League record – one previously held by Manchester City, who reached 59 points after 21 matches of 2017/18, the most points a team had ever accumulated after 21 matches in any of Europe’s top five leagues. This is a record that Liverpool have since extended.
The 1-0 win at Tottenham on January 11 meant Liverpool set a record for the most points won over the previous 38 Premier League matches. Their 104 points beat the 102 achieved by Manchester City and Chelsea, ending in 2018 and 2005.
Most home wins in a season
Liverpool’s 1st February 4-0 win over Southampton was their 20th consecutive home win in the Premier League. They last dropped points at home in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City in January 2019 but have now matched Manchester City’s record of 20 in a row between 2011 and 2012.
Most consecutive victories
Liverpool’s current total of 16 straight victories, beginning against Spurs in October, is only two short of Manchester City’s 2017 record. A new mark could be set at Watford on February 29th.
As for most victories over the course of a season, Liverpool are eight away from matching the 32 set by City in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Most away wins
The only fixture in which Liverpool have failed to win all three points this season was the 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October, leaving them with 11 away victories. They are five away from matching Manchester City’s 16 from 2017/18.
Most points in a season
Another Premier League record that Manchester City achieved that season was their total of 100 points. A win in each of their remaining 13 matches would take the Reds past that number by 12.
Longest unbeaten streak
Liverpool’s current run of 42 matches without defeat started against Brighton in January 2019 and would hit 49 against Manchester City on April 4. Arsenal managed 49, ending in 2004.
If they can remain unbeaten in 2019/20, Liverpool will also match Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ season of 2003/04.
Furthermore, should Liverpool avoid defeat this season, they will surpass the Gunners’ record of going 539 days without losing between May 2003 and Oct 2004.
Biggest winning margin
Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the table, ahead of Manchester City who won the title by 19 points in 2017/18.
It is the biggest lead any league leader has ever had at the end of a day in English top-flight history. They are also on course to match the Premier League record for the biggest lead over the second-placed team at the end of the season.
So, like it or hate it, there it is. The facts are all there as are the tell-tale signs pointing to a most likely Liverpool “Invincibles” complete domination at the end of this season. It’s what almost everyone else is getting ready for!