Six games from glory: Liverpool’s quest for unprecedented excellence
It almost seems fitting that after such a long wait for another English league title, Liverpool’s first Premier League triumph should come at such a landslide. There were seasons where title races were closely fought, where ill-fated managerial tirades or clumsy-footed captains cost Liverpool dearly at the business end of the campaign.
But now those painful memories can be consigned to the past, for Liverpool will win the Premier League this season, and they will win it at a canter. Jürgen Klopp has crafted this team into the physical incarnation of excellence – a non-stop winning machine that clanks around breaking all before it by hook or by crook. Liverpool’s performances have not always been up to scratch this season, but the machine has rumbled on nonetheless, grinding spirited opposition into dust until a win pops out the other end as usual.
‘One game at a time’ has been Klopp’s mantra throughout this remarkable campaign, but he and his players are the only ones who haven’t admitted that this season’s Premier League title is a sure-fire thing. The odds on Premier League winner make for enjoyable reading for Liverpool fans, and the team are just six wins away from making it a mathematical certainty.
While the league title is undoubtedly in the bag, there are still a number of records to break and feats to achieve that would fully cement this team’s place in the annals of Premier League history. Should they win their next six games, Liverpool could mathematically win the league on March 21st, which would be the earliest date on which the title has been mathematically confirmed, beating Manchester United’s April 14th triumph in the 2000-01 season.
Given Liverpool’s next six league fixtures are against Norwich City, West Ham United, Watford, Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace, you wouldn’t bet against them doing it. If that does end up being the case, Liverpool will be in line to receive a guard of honour in their following match against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium the following week – the team whose slight superiority denied Liverpool the title last season. Liverpool could win the title before March 21st should second-placed City slip up between now and then, which also raises the tantalising possibility of winning the league in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on March 16th.
Of course, an unbeaten season also remains very much up for grabs. Only Arsenal in 2003-04 have remained undefeated for an entire season in the Premier League era, and it is a feat that has eluded many great teams since, including José Mourinho’s Chelsea and Guardiola’s City. But based on their results thus far in the Premier League, Liverpool have the chance to smash Arsenal’s unbeaten season out of the park. The Gunners drew 12 matches in that campaign, finishing on a total of 90 points. Liverpool are already just two wins shy of Arsenal’s win total that season, meaning that a much more emphatic ‘invincible’ campaign is a real possibility.
There is also the prospect of beating Manchester City’s record points total of 100, set in the 2017-18 season when Guardiola’s men won the league by a whopping 19-point margin. Liverpool could still mathematically achieve a 112-point total this season, which would blow City’s record out of the water. Of course, that lofty figure would require Liverpool to win all their remaining fixtures, but there is still leeway for the Reds to drop points and still beat the record comfortably.
No matter what way you look at it, this has been a season of remarkable brilliance from Klopp’s men. All that’s left to find out is just how good this Liverpool side can be in terms of stats and figures, because the on-field performances have already spoken volumes. This is a team that knows no limits.