Liverpool set new record start: Jurgen Klopp staying calm after unbeaten Reds set new record for the best start to a season


Roberto Firmino’s strike gave the Reds their 20th win out of 20 league games this season, taking their incredible tally to 61 points from a possible 63.

It means that this Liverpool side have recorded the best start to a top flight season ever in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

The questions are now being asked about just how many points Liverpool will get and how far they will win the league by, but Klopp is keen to keep a lid on things and insists records don’t mean that much.

“When somebody told me I didn’t feel anything to be honest,” said Klopp.

“I’ve been in football 50 years and if somebody told me that would ever happen I would say it wasn’t possible. Now it’s happened and I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me.

“But it’s cool, it’s exceptional. If that winning streak was easy then many other teams would have done it. But we didn’t think about it before the game and someone had to remind me afterwards.

“At the moment I can just say what we tried to do is still to create a basis for the rest of the season, and the rest of the season is long.

“Today was difficult, we made it difficult because we didn’t finish them off.”

Liverpool should have been out of sight by half-time but Firmino saw an effort cleared off the line and Mohamed Salah was not his usual ruthless self in front of goal.

Instead they only led by Firmino’s well-taken strike, and in the second half Son Heung-min blazed a glorious chance to equalise over the crossbar before substitute Giovani Lo Celso slid in to meet Serge Aurier’s cross but somehow missed the target from six yards.

Had Harry Kane, out until April with a hamstring injury, been fit Spurs surely would have taken something from the match.

“I think we deserved a point,” said boss Jose Mourinho. “That’s why I have a good feeling from the boys.

“We’re talking about one of the best teams in the world at the maximum of their potential. We are a team with the difficulties you know. I think we deserved more.”

Reds full-back Andy Robertson was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch after catching Spurs debutant Japhet Tanganga with a high tackle.

And Mourinho was quick to point out it was a far worse offence than the one which saw Son sent off against Chelsea recently.

He also felt hard done by that Firmino’s goal seemed to come from a throw-in which should have been awarded to the home team.

“It was our throw-in from their goal,” he said.

“From that they score a goal. But I am a player’s coach, though, not a referees’ coach, so I have to be a little upset with them, because yesterday we spent a lot of time working on defensive throw-ins.”


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