When can Liverpool lift the much-eluded Premier League?
Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in Europe, is yet to win a league title in England in the Premier League era. That wait looks likely to end this season, with the Merseyside club galloping to 79 points out of a possible 81. 11 matches are yet to be played, but their feat is no short of monumental.
To put things into perspective, the treble-winning side of Manchester United in 1998-99 had lifted the PL trophy with exactly 79 points. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 had won 26 matches in that historic season, something Liverpool have already achieved and look likely to eclipse.
“It’s so special, the numbers are incredible, so difficult. We said it a couple of times, we spoke about wonderful games, brilliant games, we spoke about hard games, difficult games,” said manager Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool defeated West Ham 3-2.
“You can only have the number of wins you have if you win all of these games: the difficult ones, the easy ones – if there ever was one – the brilliant ones and the rougher, more grumpy ones.”
Manchester City had lifted the PL title two seasons ago by amassing an unheard of 100 points. If Liverpool continue in the same vein, they look set to break that as well.
The current Champions League holders will, if they win all their games (and they look likely to) lift the Premier League title against Crystal Palace, four games from now. However, if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup next week, the Palace game will have to be rescheduled, and Liverpool would just need a point from the next fixture, that happens to be Manchester City themselves.
Liverpool look likely to remain unbeaten this season, and the Champions League, too, is there for the taking. Liverpool are also chasing numerous other records, including the most wins in a single season (32), most home wins (18), most away wins (16) and most points (100) in the Premier League.
If they win the next game against Watford, they would scale City’s record of 18 consecutive PL wins. Liverpool’s have been unbeaten in 44 games – just five off Arsenal’s incredible record of 49. Their football has been pleasing to the eyes, and the work put in by the manager as well as the players has paid off.
After a long wait of over three decades, the Premier League title would be music to the tired ears of the Merseyside faithful. They’ve waited for this day for a long time, and this ‘special’ team deserves all the accolades for the kind of footballing revolution they have brought to fans.
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