Liverpool head into the forthcoming international break having established the biggest lead after eight matches in Premier League history.
Jurgen Klopp’s men left it very late against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, with James Milner converting a stoppage time penalty to secure all three points.
No one could have envisaged they would retain their newfound eight-point lead as defending champions Manchester City, who recently put eight goals past Watford, faced a struggling Wolves side the following day.
But, they did, with the oft-inconsistent Adama Traoré becoming the toast of Merseyside (well, the red half).
Never before in the league’s history has a team held such an advantage after the opening eight games have been played. The previous best gap was seven points, recorded by Jose Mourinho’s all-conquering Chelsea side in the 2005/06 season.
The Blues, like Liverpool this season, won their opening eight games though Manchester United back then were a point better off than City. Below the old standard are two sides with a five-point gap: Arsenal (2007/08) and Chelsea (2014/15). The Gunners, back then, wouldn’t go all the way as Man Utd would overhaul them come the end of the campaign.
This eventuality will no doubt keep Liverpool grounded on the feet. It’s too early to be thinking about ending a 30-year championship wait. That being said, they couldn’t have given themselves a better chance.
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