Liverpool have recorded 12 successive Premier League victories for the first time, with Mohamed Salah helping to lift them to new heights in a 3-1 win over Arsenal over the weekend.
12 – @LFC have won 12 consecutive Premier League games, their best-ever winning streak in the competition – it has also equalled their longest winning run in league competition (12 between April-October 1990 under Kenny Dalglish). Victorious. pic.twitter.com/8EEVCIII0J
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 24, 2019
On a closer look, the Reds 12 successive victories means they now have the longest winning streak of any club in the whole of Europe. No wonder they’re European champions.
Three more points at Burnley next Saturday with make it a 13 on the spin—an all-time club record.
The win might not mean much bragging rights to Klopp and the Anfield faithful, but it’s definitely a huge step in the right direction.
A lot of top pundits still believe the Reds were a “fluke” last season and don’t have enough steam this time around to go neck to neck with City like they did last term.
The dominance in their win against the Gunners has now helped squash such notions. Even more remarkable that they did so without Alisson Becker in goal.
If anything is to go by, Liverpool still look relentless and are even well on course for another dominant season in England and across Europe.
The scoreline wasn’t a flattering one, after all it was only Arsenal – but the way in which they outdid their opponents told a whole story.
Do Klopp’s men look like a struggling team? Clearly not.
The Liverpool squad will definitely be buzzing with optimism and a huge morale boost after their impressive win over the weekend.
Onwards and upwards, it could be the catalyst that re-awakens the dominant side we all know Liverpool can be.
Salah, who has looked fairly “quiet” by his standards since the start of the season wore his magic boots and his pace and trickery were too much for David Luiz he had to pull the Egyptian’s shirt.
We all know the trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino like to out-do each other and with a superb performance from the Egyptian over the weekend, Burnley should be scared of how Mane, Firmino and Salah himself will want to impose themselves at Turf Moor.
The aforementioned trio always dominate the headlines but there was one silent player who perhaps deserved some mention in Liverpool’s emphatic win over the Gunners.
One – The number of passes misplaced by Georginio Wijnaldum(via Whoscored).
It’s easy to look at the Dutchman’s headline figures – no assists last season, no chances created here – and think he doesn’t contribute, but he’s involved in so much of what Liverpool do well with the ball.
In the first half, Wijnaldum found Alexander-Arnold out wide, and the full-back’s subsequent cross was put behind for the corner which led to the opening goal. Early in the second half, Gini played a swift one-two with Mané and tried to charge into the Arsenal box.
Nothing came of it as the ball was cleared, but Liverpool retained possession from that point until the penalty was awarded. In isolation, these contributions are relatively minor, though they won’t be underappreciated by Klopp or Wijnaldum’s teammates.
Call it what you want but a pass accuracy of 98% is phenomenal.
Liverpool have responded to critics in the best possible way and can only build on from there.
Not the win but the manner in which it came showed the Reds are still very much in the mood to pick up from last season.
If a “struggling” side can conjure such performances and still remain the only side with a 100% win record so far, what happens when they hit top form?
That being said, we have realized the inevitable truth once again. The fact that Liverpool are class apart from others and the only side capable of matching/outperforming them is Guardiola’s City.