Liverpool have now won 17 straight Premier League games in a row equalling their club record set earlier this season. pic.twitter.com/TSCtdk8Iy0
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 15, 2020
Liverpool’s season could not have gone much better in anyone’s wildest dreams. They returned from the winter break with a 22-point lead at the top of the table, needing just 18 points to claim their first league title in 30 years. And following the win against Norwich City, third-ranked Leicester City were as close to the relegation zone as they were to the Reds. What’s more, Liverpool have already secured Champions League football for next season.
The Merseyside club have continued to break records at an alarming rate, but none of that will matter until the trophy is secure. There were plenty of records smashed last season but they still finished second. The Champions League provided welcome compensation but, this year, they want to make sure they win the top domestic prize early. Then they can focus on retaining the Champions League. Furthermore, fans who fancy them to do a Premier League/Champions League double, can sign up for an exclusive Betway UK bonus and subsequently find great odds on the team.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are playing each game in the knowledge that they cannot be caught while also understanding the importance of remaining professional until it is mathematically secure. They are now on target for over 100 points having taken 103 points from their last 105 available, a run stretching back 35 games.
? 103 points from the last 105 available ? pic.twitter.com/nvQWvyT9K7
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 16, 2020
Guard of honour at City?
The Anfield club are also on course to complete the earliest Premier League win. Manchester United won the title with five games to spare in 2001, and Liverpool could do it with seven or more to spare depending on results. If Klopp’s charges and Manchester City both keep on winning, they could secure the title at home to Crystal Palace on March 21.
Their next game would be at the Etihad Stadium. In that scenario, they would get to celebrate the title in on home soil and then receive a guard of honour from the reigning champions in the next match. For most Reds’ fans, this would be the perfect outcome but there are some who might prefer to secure the title at Goodison Park, the week before.
Winding up the neighbours
The rivalry between Everton and Liverpool has grown tense in recent years as the Reds have dominated their close rivals in head-to-head matches and in the league table. Many relish the idea of winning the title in their rival’s backyard. Of course, for Toffees’ fans, it just does not bear thinking about. But should Liverpool care about trolling their neighbours?
As much as it would be nice to rub Everton’s noses in it, there would be a limited number of Liverpool fans there to enjoy the moment. When the moment eventually comes, would it not be better to celebrate it in front of a full house at Anfield? I’m certain the players would feel that way too. With so much football to be played, the outcome is out of the Reds’ hands. All they can do is keep winning as many games as possible.
A win without the last-minute nerves
However it unfolds, it has been a season to savour for Red’s fans around the globe. Last season was agonising as the action went down to the final day, and there was a false sense of hope as Brighton took the lead against Manchester City. Who needs more late heartbreak when you can have the luxury of a win with room to spare? And it will be even sweeter doing it in the season that Liverpool were meant to get found out by VAR.