Liverpool’s 1-0 victory on Saturday night, away at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, took the Reds’ run in the Premier League to new heights. It means that they have amassed a total of 61 points from the first 21 games of their 2019/2020 season.
They have won 20 of those 21 matches and drawn only one. The one draw was against Manchester United at Old Trafford when Adam Lallana netted a late equaliser. It was Lallana’s first goal for the Reds in two years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It meant that Liverpool FC, who under-performed on the day, snatched the game from the jaws of defeat to maintain their unbeaten run.
At the time, manager Jürgen Klopp admitted that his team had not played well. But that is the mark of a good side – not losing matches, even when you are playing below par. It is Liverpool’s determination to win that is setting them above all others; something that is amply demonstrated by the fact that they have scored 28 goals in the last 15 minutes of games. More than any other Premier League side.
Not only does Liverpool’s win against Spurs mean that they have officially made a better start to a season than any other side in the English Premier League, but it also means that the have made a better start to a season than any other team in Europe’s five biggest leagues.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the only Premier League manager that Jürgen Klopp has not won against in the last two meetings. He will be certain to want to put this right when the Reds and the Red Devils meet again on the 19th of January at Anfield.
Liverpool fans believe that German-born Jürgen Klopp is the best-ever manager in the Premier League. Given what his side has achieved so far this season, and after lifting the Champions League trophy, and the FIFA Club World Cup, one can understand why. Indeed, on the 23rd of September last year, FIFA named him the Best Men’s Coach of 2019, beating both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
However, statistically, good though Klopp is at the moment, he still has some way to go to prove he is the best manager in the Premier League. Neil Warnock places him third behind Arsene Wenger in the first place and Pep Guardiola in second. He thinks that Wenger deserves the number one slot as he changed the entire outlook on modern football.
What Warnock went on to say, however, was that Klopp is still at the beginning of his managerial career, and the next few years will show just how good he really is.
But all good things do come to an end. Former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, thinks that when the German does eventually move on, it will be Steven Gerrard (current Rangers’ manager) who will be given the opportunity to keep the momentum going at Anfield.
But that is perhaps looking too far ahead. Right now, Jürgen Klopp has only won one trophy with Liverpool – The Champions League Trophy. The Premiership title eluded him last season, but will his side’s 16-point lead over other EPL rivals be enough to secure him the title he and Liverpool fans crave?