Liverpool continued their current unbeaten run at home with an impressive 3-0 victory over Leicester on Sunday evening, the champions outclassing the league leaders to secure an emphatic victory at Anfield.
The win stretched the Reds’ remarkable run to a staggering 64 games unbeaten at home, breaking a previous club record set some four decades ago.
The Merseyside club last tasted a league defeat on home soil almost three years ago, a 2-1 reverse to Crystal Palace way back in April 2017, but where does their undefeated run rank amongst the best in the division’s history?
The five longest unbeaten home runs in Premier League history:
Manchester United – 35 games (December 1994-November 1996)
The nineties belonged to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, the club dominating the early seasons of the Premier League, emerging as a winning machine for much of the decade.
Having won consecutive titles in the previous two seasons United were in search of a three-peat in 1994/95, though a home defeat to Nottingham Forest in December dented their hopes in a season they eventually finished as runners-up to big-spending Blackburn.
That defeat, however, proved the catalyst behind a lengthy unbeaten run at Old Trafford, the club’s run stretching almost two years before losing to Chelsea in 1996, reclaiming the title following an unbeaten season at home in 1995/96.
Manchester United – 36 games (December 1998-December 2000)
Ferguson’s Manchester United team were still the finest in England at the turn of the millennium, winning three consecutive Premier League titles in addition to a famed continental treble in 1999.
Their unbeaten home run began in that infamous treble-winning season, a 3-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough proving their last at Old Trafford in almost exactly two years.
Few teams could live with a side containing the likes of David Beckham, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, Ferguson’s dynasty perhaps at its strongest point during this period.
The club’s run stretched a huge 36 games before defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool in 2000, Danny Murphy scoring the only goal of the game in one of remarkably three winners the midfielder would net at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester City – 37 games (December 2010-December 2012)
Manchester City may firmly be established amongst the finest sides in world football at present, but a decade ago the club were just beginning to emerge from the shadows following their billionaire investment.
Roberto Mancini was man to finally end the club’s waits for both trophy and title success, City’s triumphs built on a formidable home record that saw the club go 37 games unbeaten between December 2010 and December 2012.
Their run began following defeat to Everton at the Etihad, stretching almost two years before Robin van Persie’s dramatic stoppage-time winner secured Manchester derby bragging rights for city rivals United.
City would, of course, score their own stoppage-time winner during that unbeaten run, Sergio Aguero’s iconic strike snatching the title on the final day of the season against QPR in May 2012.
Liverpool – 64 games (April 2017 – present)
Liverpool‘s hugely impressive run at Anfield has now stretched over three years, since former striker Christian Benteke came back to haunt his ex-teammates with a brace for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 victory in April 2017.
Since then Jurgen Klopp’s side has gone from strength to strength, transforming into one of Europe’s leading teams and being crowned as Premier League winners last season, a year after lifting the Champions League.
Three full seasons without defeat at home have been achieved and the win over Leicester this weekend continued their stunning success, a trip to Anfield currently the most daunting prospect in the Premier League.
Last season’s title success ended a three-decade wait to be crowned as champions and the Reds are the favourites to make it back-to-back crowns this season, currently sitting level on points with Tottenham at the top of the division.
Chelsea – 86 games (February 2004 – October 2008)
Liverpool’s record may be mightily impressive, but they still have a long, long way to go to match the Premier League record, Chelsea‘s astonishing 86-game unbeaten home run between March 2004 and October 2008.
Their record-breaking run came under the guidance of three different managers and delivered back-to-back titles, beginning in the final weeks of Claudio Ranieri’s reign, overseeing Jose Mourinho’s trophy-laden first spell at Stamford Bridge, before ending under the stewardship of Luiz Felipe Scolari over four years later.
Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ were the last team to defeat the Blues before their run, their 86-game record stretching until a Xabi Alonso winner for Liverpool in October 2008.