Despite only just passing the halfway stage, Jurgen Klopp and co have already created a huge 13-point chasm between themselves and reigning champions Manchester City. Given that Liverpool also have a game in hand against strugglers West Ham, it would take a monumental nosedive from the Reds to let this one slip now.
Koppites have been waiting nearly 30 years to see top-flight silverware to return to Anfield but, with the ways things are currently going, should the narrative perhaps shift from ‘can they do it’ to ‘can they stay unbeaten’?
Only once in the history of Premier League football has a club played out an entire 38-game campaign and not tasted defeat. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal achieved that unique feat in 2003/04 and were aptly bestowed with the moniker: The Invincibles.
Since then, only a few clubs have flirted with the idea of replicating Arsenal‘s triumph all those years ago; Chelsea lost just once during Jose Mourinho‘s maiden campaign in 2004/05, while Man City went unbeaten until they met Liverpool on January 14 in their 2017/18 title-winning season.
Liverpool’s current incarnation are the latest club seemingly on track to break the division’s 15-year duck, but how do Klopp’s men compare to Wenger’s illustrious Invincibles?
Liverpool vs Arsenal’s Invincibles
COMPARED: The Invincibles vs. The Unbearables 😉 at the half-way stage in the Premier League.
Can Liverpool do it? pic.twitter.com/yF4m6X1jlt
— Coral (@Coral) December 29, 2019
At this stage in the 2003/04 campaign Wenger’s men found themselves second in the Premier League table behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, who had already lost three times.
The Gunners were less prolific up-top, which may come as a surprise given the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were in their pomp and running riot, having netted just 35 to Liverpool’s current tally of 47.
However, they were more formidable at the back conceding only 12 goals to Liverpool‘s still impressive 14 while keeping eight clean sheets to the Reds‘ six, with the likes of Ashley Cole, Lauren, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure meanly locking up the defence.
Liverpool in the Premier League in 2019:
🔴 37 games
🔴 98 points
🔴 31 wins
🔴 5 draws
🔴 1 defeat
🔴 88 goals
🔴 28 conceded
🔴 12 clean sheets
An absolute juggernaut. pic.twitter.com/MMXsJIXgU1
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 29, 2019
Given that Arsenal had drawn six games to Liverpool‘s one at this stage, the Gunners also found themselves on 45 points, 10 below the European champions’ current 55-point total.
Many rival fans claimed witnessing a title victory for Liverpool would be ‘unbearable’ and those same supporters may be wary that maintaining an unbeaten season would lead to significantly more crowing from the Kop if the Reds’ drought ends in such style.
Will Liverpool stay unbeaten for the entire Premier League season?
On the surface Liverpool look good value to maintain this incredible run and remain unscathed come May, but the Premier League has arguably shifted a gear in recent years and there will be tough contests against Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Man Utd, Arsenal and Leicester to come. A Champions League also needs to be navigated.
That considered, Liverpool simply look unplayable at this present moment, and even when not at their best, they’ve overcome some tough hurdles.
With new recruit Takumi Minamino joining the club next month, plus the returns of both Fabinho and Joel Matip to come, Liverpool could find themselves revitalised in just a few weeks time, setting them up perfectly for what could prove to be an exceptionally tough second half of the season.
The opportunity to match – or better – Arsenal’s achievement is very much alive.
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