Despite plenty of negativity among some Liverpool supporters in 2017, it is easy to forget how impressive the Reds’ points tally is this season.
Some of the negativity that has come the Reds’ way has perhaps been understandable, given the way their title challenge petered out at the turn of the year.
Statistics show that Liverpool are on their joint-third best points tally after 28 matches, with 55 points accumulated after beating Burnley 2-1 on Sunday.
That is on a par with the 1995/96 season, when Roy Evans’ entertaining team eventually finished third with 71 points, behind Man United and Newcastle.
The only two seasons that have been superior to Liverpool’s current tally are arguably the closest they have come to lifting the Premier League title.
In 2008/09, under Rafa Benitez, the Reds had 58 points on the board, while in 2013/14, with Luis Suarez and others wreaking havoc, they had secured 59.
Liverpool are currently having their joint-third best Premier League season. pic.twitter.com/9yXiZqZ5we
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) March 12, 2017
On both occasions, the Merseysiders finished second in the league, on 86 and 84 points, respectively.
Call it wishful thinking, but should Klopp’s men gain maximum points from their remaining 10 fixtures, they would end the season with 85.
Being realistic, that is not going to happen, but a nice looking run-in suggests Liverpool can get close to it and seal a top-four finish. Performances must improve against the weaker teams, though.
Chelsea‘s ridiculous run of form has clouded what is currently a very good league campaign for the Reds.
Had we been offered this scenario back in August, many would have taken it, and hopefully the final points total is closer to 80 than 70.
If it is, Champions League football should return to Anfield next season for just the second time since 2009/10 season.