Jürgen Klopp’s side are currently on track to smash all kinds of records this season, but one is going under the radar.
Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League has become so enormous over the past few months that the question has moved on from whether they will win the title, to what records they could potentially break along the way.
Jürgen Klopp has publicly declared his lack of interest in breaking records, because he sees them as merely a byproduct of Liverpool taking each game at a time – the mantra he and his players have stuck to religiously all season.
Nonetheless, it’s impossible to ignore the sheer ludicrousy of what this Liverpool team is doing, because the reality is that a season like the one they’ve produced so far has never happened before, and might never happen again.
There are two main records which keep getting spoken about. Can Liverpool become the new ‘Invincibles’, becoming the first team since Arsenal in 2003/04 to go the entire league campaign unbeaten (while dropping far fewer points)? And can they smash the Premier League points record set by Manchester City’s ‘Centurions’ of 2017/18?
It’s eminently possible that Liverpool do at least one, possibly both, or perhaps even neither, although at present, the latter looks like the least likely scenario.
But there is another record which Liverpool are actually very close to, despite it seemingly going under the radar in wider discourse, which is this: they could become the first team in Premier League history to post a perfect home record.
So far, Liverpool have won all 13 league games at Anfield, with their last six against West Ham United, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Burnley and Chelsea – all of them very much winnable, albeit the last one against Chelsea being by far the biggest test, at least on paper.
Manchester City came the closest to achieving a perfect home record last season, winning 18 of their 19 games at the Etihad – the only blot on their copybook being the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace – while the last top flight English team ever to achieve the feat was Sunderland way back in 1891/92, when they only had to win 13 games to do so.