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Liverpool inch towards invincibility after Molineux win

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 22:15, 23 January 2020

Liverpool made it 14 successive Premier League victories after running out 2-1 winners against Wolves at Molineux on Thursday.

As well as stretching their lead atop the Premier League table to 16 points with a game in hand, Jurgen Klopp’s men also maintained their unbeaten record in this season’s championship and, in the process, joined a select group as they move another step towards matching Arsenal’s invincibles.

The new invincibles? Five key things to know…

  • Liverpool are the only side across Europe’s top five leagues yet to suffer a defeat this season.
  • By winning 2-1 at Wolves, they stretched their unbeaten league run to 40 matches, becoming the fifth side in English football history to reach this milestone.
  • Klopp’s men are on a 14-match winning streak in the Premier League ahead of next week’s game at West Ham.
  • They are nine consecutive unbeaten matches away from equalling Arsenal’s record of 49 successive league games without defeat.
  • Liverpool are still on course to become only the third team in English football history to go an entire top-flight season unbeaten after Preston North End (1888/89) and Arsenal (2003/04).

By recording a 40th consecutive match without suffering defeat, the Reds become only the fifth side in English league history to reach such a milestone — before them came Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78), Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Chelsea (40, 2004-05) and Huddersfield Town (43, 2011).

This current Liverpool vintage went ahead in the eighth minute with Jordan Henderson heading Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner home; but moments later had to watch in-form forward Sadio Mane hobble off with an injury. This galvanised Wolves, who equalised through top scorer Raúl Jiménez after the half-time interval before away-day specialist Roberto Firmino secured all three points late on.

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Incredibly, they are nine unbeaten league games away from equalling the longest such run in English football league history when Arsene Wenger’s last defending Premier League champions notched 49 consecutive matches without tasting defeat, which famously came to an end at Old Trafford. Interestingly, that record-equalling moment for Klopp’s team is scheduled to take place at rivals Manchester City on April 4th.

If they can see this campaign out without suffering a blemish, easier said than done, it would put the Merseyside giants in exalted company. Only twice before in the history of English league football has a side gone an entire top-flight season unbeaten — thus earning the right to be called ‘invincible’ — they are Preston North End (1888/89) and more recently Arsenal (2003/04).