Liverpool’s record-breaking start to the season continues, Jurgen Klopp’s side having opened up a seemingly insurmountable lead at the top of the Premier League following their unbeaten start to the campaign and moving within sight of a host of records.
The Merseyside club reached their latest landmark with a 2-0 victory at West Ham last week, meaning the league leaders had now beaten every single side in the Premier League this season.
Five other sides have previously achieved the feat during the Premier League era, here are the six teams to have beaten every single club in a single league season…
Chelsea – 2005/06
Roman Abramovich’s huge investment would deliver a first league title in 50 years for Chelsea in 2005, though the club would assert their new found dominance of English football by retaining the title in style the following season.
Jose Mourinho would secure his second successive Premier League title by finishing eight points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United, beating every single opponent faced on their way to the championship.
Chelsea’s achievement would come after winning 18 of their 19 home fixtures, though a draw with Charlton at Stamford Bridge would come after a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture, goals from Hernan Crespo and Arjen Robben securing three points away from home.
It would be the first time in the Premier League era that a side would achieve the feat, the west London side emerging as a new powerhouse of the domestic game.
Manchester United – 2010/11
Sir Alex Ferguson’s penultimate title before leaving Manchester United, the club would recapture the championship for a fourth time in five seasons after finishing nine points clear of defending champions Chelsea.
Like Chelsea before them, an almost flawless home record would see the club beat almost every single opponent, West Brom the only side to take a point from Old Trafford all season – though United would claim a 2-1 victory in the away clash at The Hawthorns.
United would not suffer their first defeat of the season until losing at Wolves in February, an impressive campaign and the only season of Ferguson’s trophy-laden reign in which the club beat every other side during a single league season.
Manchester City – 2017/18
A season in which Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side would break countless Premier League records, becoming the first team in the division’s history to reach 100 points alongside registering the most wins, most goals scored, most consecutive wins and biggest title-winning margin.
City’s centurions would drop points in just six games all season, winning each of the reverse fixtures in arguably the greatest domestic season of modern times.
Far and away the best team in the country that season, Guardiola’s dominant side would secure three points at least once against every opponent faced.
Manchester United – 2017/18
Believe it or not, the 2017/18 season would see two teams achieve this particular feat, with Manchester United matching their city rivals in securing a clean sweep of victories against Premier League opponents.
Jose Mourinho’s side may have finished a distant second in the title race, but they still managed to overcome each of their opponents faced, including defeating eventual champions Manchester City in a thriller at the Etihad.
Defeats to Huddersfield, Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle, West Brom and Brighton would also be avenged, the Red Devils becoming the first side in Premier League history to achieve the feat twice.
Manchester City – 2018/19
Manchester City would become the first team in Premier League history to achieve this particular record in consecutive seasons, as Pep Guardiola guided the club to a second successive Premier League title last season.
Despite an indifferent winter spell that saw three defeats in four games in December, Guardiola’s side would bounce back in style and 14 consecutive victories to end the season – each against different opponents – would see City reclaim their crown, finishing one point ahead of runners-up Liverpool.
Four defeats for the season would all be avenged in the reverse fixtures, as would draws away at both Wolves and Liverpool.
Liverpool – 2019/20
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool continue to set records tumbling this season, their recent win at West Ham seeing the Reds become the fourth club in Premier League history to beat every single opponent in a single season.
The European champions record breaking start has seen the club win 24 of their first 25 games, the best ever start to a season in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.
A draw with Manchester United in October was avenged with a 2-0 victory over the same opponents at Anfield last month, before three points at the London Stadium completed the full set of defeated Premier League sides.
No side has ever achieved the feat in quicker fashion, and it’s unlikely to be the last record the Merseyside club set over the remaining months of an astonishing season thus far.