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The impressive numbers behind Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run

Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United meant they have gone a calendar year unbeaten in the Premier League.

On the anniversary of the Reds’ last league defeat, the PA news agency takes a look at the numbers behind the third-longest unbeaten run in the Premier League era.

 

The Record Books

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 26, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner (C) celebrates scoring the second goal, from a penalty kick, with team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum (L), captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Roberto Firmino (top) during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having narrowly missed out on one record run, Jurgen Klopp’s side are now in pursuit of another.

Their 17 successive wins—nine to finish last season and the first eight games of this term—were just one shy of the mark set by Man City in the 2017/18 campaign.

A draw with Man United denied them at least a share of that record but did not halt their unbeaten sequence, which has now reached 37 games.

One more against Tottenham will make it the equivalent of a full season while three—also avoiding defeat against United and Wolves—would see them match Chelsea for second place on the list.

The record is 49, set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ and including the full 2003/04 season, so the Reds trail by 12.

Tantalisingly, that would see them looking to equal the record against City on April 4—if they have not lost by then—before potentially breaking it and bringing up a half-century against Aston Villa the following week.

 

Tale of the Tape

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 30, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have won 32 and drawn only five of the games during their run, an astonishing 86.5 percent win rate and 2.73 points per match.

United are responsible for two of those draws, 0-0 in February and 1-1 in October with Liverpool needing a late Adam Lallana equaliser to salvage a point and their run.

Leicester, West Ham and Everton are the only other teams to take points off the Reds, whose win rate compares favourably with Chelsea (33 out of 40, 82.5 percent) and Arsenal (36 out of 49, 73.5 percent) in their unbeaten runs.

Liverpool’s Unbeaten Run

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 2, 2020: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Games: 37
Wins: 32
Draws: 5
Defeats: 0
Goals scored: 89 (2.4 per game)
Goals conceded: 26 (0.7 per game)
Top scorer: Sadio Mane, 25

Their success has been built on strong foundations at either end of the pitch, with a defence anchored by Virgil van Dijk conceding just 0.7 goals per game and even compensating for the lengthy injury absence of goalkeeper Alisson earlier this season.

Their front three, meanwhile, have scored freely as Sadio Mane has 25 goals in the 37 games, with Mohamed Salah not far behind on 19 and Roberto Firmino contributing 10 as Liverpool have racked up 89, or 2.4 per game.

 

Other Competitions

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Liverpool players line-up with the mascots before the final UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While they are still waiting to wrap up a Premier League title, Liverpool have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in the last 12 months.

They have lost five matches in other competitions since the start of their league run—though some proved ultimately inconsequential while others had mitigating circumstances.

Wolves 2-1 Liverpool, FA Cup, January 7

A much-changed Reds side went down to near full-strength Wolves in the third round.

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool, Champions League, May 1

A vintage Lionel Messi display helped Barca open up a first-leg lead in the semi-final—but Liverpool stunningly won the return leg 4-0 at Anfield and went on to beat Tottenham to lift the trophy.

Liverpool 1-1 Man City (City won 5-4 on pens), Community Shield, August 4

Joel Matip cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s opener but the Reds lost the curtain-raiser on spot-kicks.

NAPLES, ITALY - Tuesday, September 17, 2019: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and captain Jordan Henderson applaud the supporters after the UEFA Champions League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at the Studio San Paolo. Napoli won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool, Champions League, September 17

Late goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente secured victory for the Serie A side but Liverpool still progressed as group winners.

Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool, League Cup, December 17

With Klopp’s first team away at the Club World Cup, under-23 coach Neil Critchley led a young shadow squad—whose 18 squad numbers totalled 1,289—into domestic action.

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