Liverpool’s incredible rise since that 4-1 loss at Spurs – and the best-ever record they can set

11 January 2020

Liverpool have come a long way since the chastening 4-1 loss at Tottenham in 2017, and can set a new Premier League record on Saturday to prove that.


That Day at Wembley

Following the 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley in October 2017 the Reds were ninth in the table, seven points behind third placed Tottenham after nine games.

Since then Liverpool have lost four of the 87 league games they have played while Tottenham, by contrast, have lost 26 out of the 88 they have played in the top flight.

Liverpool have not lost a league game for 373 days.

In that time Tottenham have lost 15 out of 38. The Reds have suffered one top-flight loss in the last 614 days.

 

Best-Ever Start

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 2, 2020: Liverpool's Sadio Mané (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates captain Jordan Henderson (C) and Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A win for Liverpool would see them set a new top-flight record of 20 wins and one draw from the opening 21 games.

It is currently the joint-best with Man City who earned 58 points at the same stage of 2017/18.

City’s 21st game of that campaign saw them draw in London (0-0 at Crystal Palace).

 

Invincibles

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 26, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal, scored by Roberto Firmino, during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp’s men are undefeated in 37 league games.

Only three teams have ever gone on a longer run in the top flight: Arsenal 49 (2003-04), Nottingham Forest 42 (1977-78) and Chelsea 40 (2004-05).

 

Winning Sequences

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 2, 2020: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A win in this game would give Liverpool a 12th successive league victory—matching their second-best ever sequence of consecutive wins (also recorded 12 from April to October 1990).

They set their new best last year when they reeled off 17 on the spin from March to October before Man United picked up a point at Old Trafford.

 

London Calling

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 15, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have lost 11 of the last 21 league meetings with Spurs in the capital, but their recent record is decent.

In the last six visits they have won three with two draws and one defeat.

 

Mo Braced to Match Fowler?

London, England - Monday, December 2, 1996: Liverpool's Robbie Fowler and Tottenham Hotspur's Sol Campbell during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Robbie Fowler, with six, has scored more Premier League goals against Spurs than any Liverpool player.

Mo Salah has scored five times in his six appearances against Tottenham, with four coming in the league.

He has seven goals in nine career starts against the Londoners.

 

The Mourinho Effect

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho looks miserable before the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the league since Jose Mourinho’s appointment, Spurs have won five of their nine games but lost three of the last seven.

Since Mourinho took charge Tottenham have kept one clean sheet in 12 games.

Mourinho has faced Liverpool 28 times in his career, winning 12 and losing only seven.

His last defeat, however, cost him his job as he was dismissed by Man United two days after losing 3-1 Anfield in December 2018.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 2, 2020: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham: Kane 17, Son 10, Alli 7, Lucas Moura 6, Eriksen 3, Lamela 3, Ndombele 2, Sissoko 2, Aurier 1, Lo Celso 1, Sessegnon 1, Vertonghen 1, own goals 1

Liverpool: Mane 15, Salah 14, Firmino 8, Origi 5, Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Milner 4, Keita 3, Van Dijk 3, Wijnaldum 3, own goals 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Hoever 1, Jones 1, Lallana 1, Lovren 1, Shaqiri 1

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