Liverpool are currently leading the Premier League table by a huge distance, but how does that dominance translate historically in English football?
Part of the reason for Liverpool’s ginormous lead is that they have been on the receiving end of good luck in some of their tightly contested games (Dean Henderson’s howler away to Sheffield United being the most obvious example), while Manchester City have suffered injuries to key players like Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, while also failing to win games they utterly dominated, such as their two encounters with Spurs.
That is what has given Liverpool such a huge lead over the chasing pack, although it’s worth pointing out none of that takes anything away from their performance this season; they are most definitely the best side in the division this year and are deserving leaders of the league.
The Reds have won an incredible 24 out of their opening 25 league matches this season, drawing the other one to Manchester United. No team in any of Europe’s top five leagues has ever done that.
They set a new club record run of 17 consecutive wins earlier this season, falling just one short of the record, set by Manchester City in 2017 when they won 18. As implausible as it may seem, they’re having another crack at the record having won another 16 matches on the bounce.
They have a while to go yet before they can emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles of 2003/04 and go an entire league season unbeaten, but they can at least match that side’s record of 49 consecutive games without defeat if they avoid losing any of their next seven matches.
Not only are they second in the all-time list of unbeaten runs in the Premier League era, but they are also third in the all-time list for unbeaten streaks in English league football history, just one game behind Huddersfield Town’s run of 43 games between 2010 and 2011.
It is quite jarring to look at the table and see Liverpool have already amassed 73 points after 25 games – it doesn’t look real somehow – and yet we have seen them roll over everyone, becoming just the sixth team ever to beat every single team in the division in a single campaign, right before our eyes.
Their 22 point lead over nearest challengers Manchester City is another record, as no team at any point in the league’s history has ever possessed that large a lead at any point in time. If you added up the current points haul of both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it would only give you 72 points – one short of the table toppers. In fact, Liverpool are 38 points ahead of United, which is more points than the Red Devils have gained in total (35) so far.
Most remarkably, they have accumulated 100 out of a possible 102 points available. If it wasn’t for that draw at Old Trafford, they would have won an outrageous 34 games on the spin. And most scarily of all, they have lost just once since the beginning of last season, and that was to the current champions just over 12 months ago.
Curiously, Liverpool have managed to do all this while not being the league’s top scorers. Their tally of 60 is five behind Man City’s, but they have been watertight at the back. They’ve conceded just 15 goals all season, which is equal to Chelsea’s record-breaking concession in the 2004/05 campaign – although one imagines that will remain the case come the end of the season.
Liverpool kept just two clean sheets in the first 15 matches of the season, not exactly the mark of a great defensive side, before going on to shutout the opposition in nine of the next ten. Conceding at a rate of just 0.60 goals per game is mightily impressive, this side will surely go down as one of the best defensive units ever.
On an individual level, the Merseyside outfit have produced some very interesting statistics as well. The face of the operation, Jurgen Klopp, just picked up his fifth manager of the month award, the most any one coach has won in a single season. He’s missed out on just one so far this season, which was October, when Chelsea’s Frank Lampard picked up the gong. How many more will he pick up in the run-in?
Liverpool’s star player during the Klopp era has, undoubtedly, been Mo Salah, who has provided more goals and assists combined (92) than any other player in the league since 2017/18. The only one who comes close is Sergio Aguero, who’s on 75.
Elsewhere, Virgil van Dijk has the most passes in the league (2051), followed by Trent Alexander-Arnold (1708) in second-place. Roberto Firmino is one of two players to have a hat-trick of assists in a single game (vs Southampton); the other one was Sheffield United’s Lys Mousset.
We know that Liverpool are cruising to their first league title in 30 years; the only thing to be decided is by how much.