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It has been a fantastic start to the season for Liverpool this campaign.
They have won 13 out of their first 14 matches, and currently lead the table by eight points from Leicester City. The champions, Manchester City, are already 11 points behind the Reds. Who can stop the Anfield outfit as they march towards the Premier League title?
Their latest match was against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. The Merseyside club were reduced to 10 men late on after Alisson handled outside the box, and Lewis Dunk’s free-kick made it a nervy last 10 minutes or so for Jurgen Klopp’s team. However, they were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Liverpool have picked up some impressive records over the last few years – for example, they became the team with the most points not to win the league last season, amassing 97, which was one short of the Citizens’ total – but at the weekend, they got their hands on one of the most important. By avoiding defeat against the Seagulls, the Reds extended their unbeaten league run to 31 games. It is their joint-most in the top flight, and their most in the Premier League.
In regards to their title aspirations, this is perhaps the biggest indication that they are on the right track. Looking at the other longest runs in the top flight, each team topped the table at the end of the campaign. To go so long without getting beat, you must truly be one of the best sides on the planet. Right now, that is exactly what Liverpool are.
Of course, they do now need to translate that into a trophy. Otherwise, it will all have been in vain, and it is a record that no-one will remember in 30 years’ time. But history tells us that teams who do not lose win titles. There is a reason Pep Guardiola’s team are so far behind already – they have lost three matches already this term. Keep picking up points in each game, and there will only be one winner at the the end of the campaign.