Liverpool’s current run of form is up there with the longest unbeaten runs in the Premier League era.
Following their late winner against Leicester City on Saturday, Liverpool continued their club-record unbeaten streak under Jurgen Klopp. Goals from Sadio Mane and 95th minute penalty from James Milner at Anfield stretched the run to 25 games, not only the Reds’ longest run without defeat in the Premier League era, but also the sixth-longest of any top-flight club in that period.
The Merseyside outfit are quickly catching up on records set by some of the greatest English teams of all-time, and if they were to climb further up the list it would cement their place among the best teams we’ve seen in recent history. The kicker here is that every team on this list won the league in the same campaign they embarked on their unbeaten streaks – except for Liverpool.
Is this the season they change that particular unwanted statistic?
The five longest unbeaten runs in the Premier League era:
5. Liverpool – 25
Streak: January 12, 2019 – present
Liverpool last tasted defeat in the league back in January of this year, when they fell 2-1 to Manchester City at Eastlands. Ironically, it was their only defeat of the season and ended up costing them the league title by a single point.
The Reds got back on the horse nine days later with a 1-0 away win over Brighton, and ended the season on a nine-game winning run. They’ve continued that form into this season, keeping a 100 per cent record over the opening eight games. They are now just one game away from equalling the longest winning streak in Premier League history.
4. Man United – 29
Streak: December 26, 1998 – September 25, 1999; April 11, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Remarkably, Manchester United have gone 29 games unbeaten on two separate occasions.
The first was in that famous Treble-winning campaign, when they avoided defeat from Christmas until the end of the campaign, stretching into the new season. That was ended spectacularly by Chelsea in October of 1999, who thumped the reigning champions 5-0 at Stamford Bridge.
In 2011, Alex Ferguson’s charges were just over two months away from going an entire year undefeated when they lost 2-1 to Wolves thanks to goals from George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle. They won the league by nine points that season.
3. Man City – 30
Streak: April 8, 2017 – January 2, 2018
The side that everyone thought would emulate the Invincibles lost for the first time 22 matches into the 2017/18 campaign. The 4-3 defeat to Liverpool did nothing to derail their title charge however, as they enjoyed a procession on their way to becoming the first team to reach 100 Premier League points in a single season.
The result did reveal some chinks in the seemingly flawless Man City armour and foreshadowed the challenge the Reds would pose to Pep Guardiola’s team in the coming years.
2. Chelsea – 40
1. Arsenal – 49
And way out in front, it’s none other than The Invincibles, who became just the second team in the history of English football to go an entire league season undefeated, Preston North End in 1888/89 being the other.
Arsenal‘s run went beyond just a season though, refusing to lose for a whopping 49 games. Arsene Wenger’s side were stopped just short of the half-century however, by none other than their arch-nemesis, Man United.
That 2004 fixture was the scene of the infamous Battle of the Buffet, in which Alex Ferguson was splattered with a slice of pizza by Cesc Fabregas. The defeat had deeper repercussions for the Gunners though, who could never quite reach the same heights thereafter.