Liverpool are not only on the brink of ending their 30-year wait for a 19th league title, but they’re on course to do it in the most emphatic way possible.
The runaway leaders are currently on 82 points after 27 wins, a draw and one defeat from 29 games, which is four more than Manchester City’s all-conquering ‘Centurions’ had earned at this stage of the 2017/2018 campaign. If Liverpool win all their remaining games they’ll finish on 109!
Liverpool are also a mammoth 25 points clear of the defending champions, who can now reach a maximum of 87 from their 10 remaining games, so the Reds just need another six to seal the title.
Their hopes of emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles may well have ended after a shock 3-0 defeat to Watford but should they smash a whole host of other records in their sights then it’ll be a fascinating debate as to where Jurgen Klopp’s men rank among the Premier League’s most dominant ever sides, including that Gunners side, Manchester United’s treble winners, the aforementioned ‘Centurions’ – as well as City’s so-called ‘Fourmidables’ of last season – or even Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea sides from 2004-2006.
Notable Premier League records & title dates
Liverpool won’t be able to break all of these but they could smash a number of them and equal some others…
- Earliest title-winning date: 14 April (Man Utd, 2000/01)
- Record games remaining: Five games (Man Utd 2000/01, Man City 2017/18)
- Biggest title-winning margin: 19 points (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 25
- Most points: 100 (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 79 (Most possible: 109)
- Most wins: 32 (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 27 (Most possible: 35)
- Most home wins: 18 (Chelsea, 2005/06; Man Utd, 2010/11; Man City, 2011/12 & 2018/19) – CURRENT: 15 (Most possible: 19)
- Most away wins: 16 (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 13 (Most possible: 17)
- Most goals: 106 (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 66
- Most home goals: 68 (Chelsea 2009/10) – CURRENT: 40
- Most away goals: 48 (Liverpool, 2013/14) – CURRENT: 26
- Biggest positive goal difference: 79 (Man City, 2017/18) – CURRENT: 45
- Most consecutive wins: 18 (Man City Aug-Dec 2017) – BEST: 18 (ended by Watford)
- Most consecutive home wins in a row: 21 (Liverpool January to December 1972) – BEST: 22
- Quickest side to score 100 goals in a Premier League season: 35 games (Manchester City 2017/18)
- Fewest Premier League defeats in a season: 0 (Arsenal 2003/04) – CURRENT: 1
- Fewest home defeats in a season: 0 (Man U x3, Arsenal x3, Chelsea x5, Liverpool x3, Man City x1, Spurs x1) – CURRENT – 0
- Fewest away defeats in a season: 0 (Arsenal 2001/02, 2003/04) – CURRENT: 1
- Longest unbeaten Premier League run overall: 49 (Arsenal 7th May 2003 to 24th October 2004) – BEST: 44 (ended by Watford)
- Most consecutive home games undefeated: 86 (Chelsea 20th March 2004 to 5th October 2008) – CURRENT: 56 since April 2017, can’t break it this season
- Most consecutive away games undefeated: 27 (Arsenal 5th April 2003 to 25th September 2004) – BEST: 21 (ended by Watford)
* If Liverpool can add the Champions League to the Premier League title they’ve all but won and the World Club Cup that’s already in the bag then then’ll also become the fifth English side to lift three major trophies in a single season. The others are Man United 1999 (EPL, FA Cup & Champions League), Liverpool 2001 (UEFA Cup, FA Cup & League Cup), Man United 2009 (Premier League, League Cup, World Club Cup and Man City 2019 (Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup). However, some Reds fans will point to the Super Cup as a fourth trophy but that isn’t regarded a ‘major’ trophy by many others.
When and where could Liverpool win the title?
Two seasons ago, Man City’s Centurions missed out on eclipsing United’s earliest ever Premier League title-winning date of April 14 by just one day – thanks to a derby defeat at the Etihad – but Liverpool are well on course to do it.
As things stand, Klopp’s side need just two more wins from their remaining nine games to reach the ‘magic number’ of 88 points because the maximum City can now achieve is 87.
If their ‘nearest’ rivals lose to Arsenal this week and then to Burnley on Saturday, then Liverpool will be crowned champions without kicking a ball, although should City pick up one or three points in those two games, then the Reds will get the chance to clinch the title at Goodison Park on Monday March 16.
However, it now looks most likely – assuming City pick up a minimum of four points from their next two – that Liverpool will celebrate their success in front of their own fans at Anfield against Crystal Palace on the evening of Saturday March 21.
If not then Klopp’s side will head to the home of the defending champions on the weekend of April 4 to get the job done, but whatever date they celebrate glory, it’s almost inevitable they’ll do it with more than five games remaining, eclipsing a Manchester United record from the 2000/01 season.
To put that into contest, Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 only re-took top spot in the table by winning game 22 of their season and led by five at this stage, though they won the title with four games to spare and by an eventual 11-point margin.
Liverpool & Man City’s fixtures until title record date of April 14
- Man City: Arsenal (H, Mar 11)
- Man City: Burnley (H, Mar 14)
Liverpool: Everton (A, Mar 16)
- Liverpool: Crystal Palace (H, Mar 21)
- Liverpool: Man City (A, April 4)
Man City: Liverpool (H, April 4)
- Liverpool: Aston Villa (H, April 11)
Man City: Southampton (A, April 11)