If Liverpool manages the next two games without defeat (or even better with two more wins), we know that three things will happen:
1) Liverpool will be the worst 2 points clear Tottenham and 5 points ahead of Manchester City.
2) The Reds are with 17 games (and only 3 more against the "Big 5" plus Manchester United) great title favorites.
3) The current gentle murmur over an "invincible" season is getting louder.
On this last point, it may be good that we are facing Arsenal now and are not closer to the end of the season. The Gunners are the only modern English team (apologizes to the Preston North End squad of 1
After only half of the season, Liverpool's current undefeated race seems unsustainable. So far, we have had two extremely happy events – Daniel Sturridge's late equalizer against Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez's heavy penalty – to sustain our unbeaten run. However, all title winners rely on luck to some extent, and considering that only two English teams can claim "invincibility," this must be exponentially true to an unbeaten run for the right 38-game distance hold.
If recent history has taught us anything, the team loses a game as soon as people begin to assert themselves in an unbeaten season. Ask last year in Manchester City for the 100-point visit to Anfield. If there had ever been a page in modern times that had seriously watched this record, that would have been the other side of the city's conquest (at least the conquest in England, I should say). But City lost twice in the league, not only against us, but also for Manchester United when they had the chance to win the title against their cross-town enemies.
The example from last year should give us all more respect for the team of Arsenal 2003/04. Critics are wrong to criticize their 12 draws on the way to a 90-point season. That's pretty unfair. If it were that easy to stay unbeaten, it would do more things.
And it will give the Gunners all the more incentive to come to Anfield and piss in the punch bowl. The Invincibles are their thing, just as Istanbul is ours (oh and the other 4 Europacups).
On the other hand, the current run of Liverpool is built out of necessity. When City set the 100-point standard last season, everyone knew that even a 90-plus season (usually more than enough to win the title) would probably not be enough. In fact, this season can end very well with three sides north of 90 points.
To keep pace only with City (until the last stumbling of the last 4 games), Liverpool still had to win games. To win the title, the Reds probably need a second half of the season, which is very similar to the first one.
If Liverpool's unbeaten run continues through Arsenal and City, there will be talks. It will be loud. It is even obsessed.
Can Liverpool remain undefeated?
Can Liverpool be undefeated?
CAN LIVERPOOL BE UNDEFEATED ?!
CAN LIVERPOOL BE INDEPENDENT ?!
Each game will put more pressure on Klopp's men, not just to stay ahead in the title race, but to stay unbeaten. Not only would they chase Liverpool's immortality (like any side that would end a nearly three-decade drought, no matter what the fashion is), but also the immortality of the football club.
The opportunity is exciting and hard not to think about it. But Klopp has reached his squad by this time of the season by always concentrating on just one game. If he were here, I'm sure I would feel guilty even mentioning our upcoming trip to Manchester City in the same breath with Arsenal tonight.
And it's Arsenal that we need to focus on. And Arsenal would love to speak out in the circumstances to stay close to his rival Chelsea for the top four.
We have to make it a game for both titles chase and anything else we could achieve, even if it's hard to keep us from dreaming.