Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’d have noticed that something special is happening in the English Premier League (EPL). EPL 2019-20 started like any other season, with the new European Champions Liverpool ready to launch another close challenge to Pep Guardiola’s near-invincible Manchester City. Six months later, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, a team that has failed to win the EPL title since 1990, is on the verge of history. The last season went down to the wire, with a single point separating the two clubs. This season, however, the wire has been burnt. Liverpool stand a full 25 points clear of second-placed City with, wait for it, 12 games to go in the season.
At this point, Liverpool Football Club (LFC) is on a whopping 76 points from 26 games. They have won 25, drawn 1 and lost none. If they manage to win their next four games, which hardly seems impossible given how they’ve been playing, the league race will be over with 8 games to play.
These numbers are not normal by any standards. In the last two seasons, Manchester City have set all kinds of points-scoring records in the EPL. They became the first to hit the 100-point barrier (out of a possible 114) in 2017-18. Liverpool are in a position to go past this record. Even when their steam is running out a bit, the team has found a way to eke out narrow victories and get those 3 points. The only game they dropped points in was their seventh, against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where they drew 1-1. 100 points is only 8 victories (out of 12) away. What number will they finish on? Our bet is 108, and they will remain unbeaten this season. Here’s a look at ten footballing records that are within Liverpool’s reach at the moment.
– Their 76 points in 26 games is the best ever start to any league in the history of Europe’s top-flight competitions. They are already 13 points clear of the record of the best start. This is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
– Liverpool have been undefeated in 43 league matches dating back to last season, which is only 6 short of Arsenal’s 49 (during the Invincibles era of 2003-04). Liverpool last lost a game in January 2019. If they finish this season unbeaten, they will become only the second EPL team to do so.
– Liverpool have now won 17 straight EPL games since their draw with Manchester United in October. One more against West Ham United next week and they equal City’s winning streak 18. Another the week after, and we’ll have a new record.
– The 25-point lead at the top right now is the largest ever in EPL history. Liverpool are on course to break the 18-point margin by City two years ago.
– Liverpool already have more points (76) than Manchester United in their title-winning run of 1996-97. There are 12 more games to go.
– The earliest a team has won the EPL title is April 14th. The earliest Liverpool could win by is March 7th, with a stunning 9 games to go.
– Nobody has won more than Manchester City’s 32 in a single EPL season. Liverpool need 8 more wins in their last 12 games to go past this tally. Points-wise, Liverpool needs a mere 25 points in 12 games to break City’s record of 100.
– Liverpool has equalled the record for most home wins in a season (20). They are set to extend it.
– Liverpool have scored in 26 consecutive games this season. This record is again held by Arsenal (38) in the Invincibles season.
– Jurgen Klopp will become the first German manager to win an English Premier League title. Sadio Mane will become the first Senegalese player, while Mo Salah the first Egyptian to win the title.
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