Liverpool agonisingly missed out on their first Premier League title in 20 years last season, with Manchester City nicking it from the Reds by just one point. However, this season Jürgen Klopp’s men might as well already be named champions and it’s only the beginning of February.
The FIFA Club World Cup winners thrashed Southampton 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring against his ex-club with his second goal in as many games before Jordan Henderson doubled the Reds’ lead. Mohammed Salah rounded off the free-scoring performance with a late double.
Meanwhile, second-placed City and third-placed Leicester City both dropped points against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively.
Those results meant that Liverpool are now a whopping 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table – making top-flight history in English football and slashing the odds on Premier League title to a season low.
Klopp has now smashed a number of records as his side race to end their lengthy title drought.
Liverpool’s 24 wins and one draw from their 25 league games so far this campaign is the best ever start to a season in any of Europe’s top leagues, while they have picked up a very impressive 100 points from their last 102 on offer.
Alongside this, the 4-0 thumping of the Saints made it 20 successive home victories and extended their unbeaten Premier League run to over a year.
The Reds are now just seven wins away from securing the title and to make it even sweeter for the Merseyside faithful, their side could win it with a victory at the Etihad Stadium against Pep Guardiola’s side at the beginning of April.
Klopp made it clear following the Reds’ latest victory that the stats don’t matter to him and that his side need to focus on one game at a time.
“We don’t look at that number, that’s true. The game we lost was at Manchester City,” Klopp said in reference to their last defeat that came in January 2018.
“We could say we lost it because of 11 millimetres or whatever.
“It was a really tight game, so imagine if we would have drawn that day and then I don’t know what the number would be then of how many games we didn’t lose or whatever.
“I promise you, I don’t lie: We don’t feel it. We just don’t feel it. It doesn’t feel a second like it’s really special, it just feels the hardest work.
“That’s why I am so happy the boys can go now for a week somewhere else, do what they have to do to come back recharged, refreshed. Then we prepare for Norwich and the rest of the season.
“That’s the only thing I know and all the rest we have to see. So many things can happen in football.
“We have to use the skills of the boys, we have to use the character of the boys, we have to use the power of this club and especially of this stadium. It is our duty to win football games and that’s what we’ve tried now for a while.”