Liverpool are teetering on the brink of clinching their first-ever Premier League title after moving 25 points clear at the top of the table.
The Reds secured a 2-1 win over Bournemouth last time out which, coupled with Manchester City’s 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester United, means Jurgen Klopp‘s side have maintained their substantial lead at the summit.
Under Klopp’s guidance, the Merseysiders have cantered to the peak of the Premier League table, and done so in style, with the likelihood that the silverware will head to Anfield appearing to be a formality at this stage — even if they can no longer join Arsenal in the ‘Invincibles’ pantheon.
But, what is the earliest time the champions-elect can officially pop the cork? And will Klopp and Co set a new Premier League benchmark for the earliest ever title win?
When can Liverpool win the Premier League title?
It has been three decades of heartache, close shaves and slip-ups, but Liverpool are now closing in on a first English top-flight title since 1990. Kopites can hardly contain themselves but barring a complete collapse from Man City, they’ll have to keep waiting for a couple of games yet.
That may seem an age for a fanbase who have dreamed of this moment for yonks, but the job could be hypothetically wrapped up as early as March 14, depending on the results of Man City. If Pep Guardiola’s men lose their next two matches — against Arsenal and Burnley — Liverpool will walk out at Goodison Park on March 16 as champions — a prospect they’ll surely be relishing just much as Merseyside rivals Everton are dreading.
Realistically, Liverpool can officially expect their name to be etched in the crown on March 21 when they host Crystal Palace. They only need to win two of their remaining nine games — regardless of results elsewhere — to secure the title. Their destiny is very much in their own hands. However, it’s worth remembering that Palace are the last team to beat Liverpool at Anfield, all the way back in April 2017.
Perhaps even more tantalising is the prospect of Liverpool sealing the title at the Etihad. That can only happen if Man City win each of their next two games and Liverpool drop points against either Everton or Crystal Palace.
No Invincibles, but points record still within reach
Watford may have ended Liverpool’s hopes of an unbeaten season — doing so in dramatic fashion with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road — but that doesn’t mean the Reds can’t still truly write their names down in the history books.
Klopp’s side have dropped just five points from 29 games and, thus, very much have Manchester City’s Premier League record 100-point haul of 2017/18 in their sights.
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If Liverpool win all of their remaining nine games, they’ll finish on a colossal 109 points, eclipsing Man City‘s ‘centurions’. Of course, the Reds face City at the Etihad on April 5 and Guardiola’s side will be desperate to put their own dent in those hopes, preserving their own piece of history. Evertonians will be just as keen to see their side throw a spanner in the works, too, never content seeing the red half of Merseyside prosper.
Of course, given that they are sitting on 82 points already, Liverpool could lose against both Everton and Man City and still break the points record, needing just six more victories to match it, then one more point thereafter to beat it.
Liverpool’s remaining Premier League fixtures: Everton (a), Crystal Palace (h), Man City (a), Aston Villa (h), Brighton (a), Burnley (h), Arsenal (a), Chelsea (h), Newcastle (a)
What’s the earliest a team has won the Premier League?
Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United currently hold the record for the earliest Premier League title triumph, which came nearly 20 years ago during the halcyon days of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2000/01 on April 14.
Liverpool fans will be purring at the possibility of setting a new record and surpassing their age-old adversaries.
And they can even go one better than that. Liverpool could conceivably be champions by March 14 without even kicking a ball, meaning they’ll take to the field against bitter rivals Everton on March 16 to a guard of honour.
That can only happen if City lose their next two league games, but even if Guardiola’s men keep winning, Liverpool can be champions by March 21 with victories of their own. Either way, there are serious bragging rights up for grabs here beyond the silverware.