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Liverpool went 44 Premier League games unbeaten … but how do they compare to Arsenal 'Invincibles'? – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

It’s over. Liverpool ‘s remarkable unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a shuddering end on Saturday night as Watford crushed them 3-0 at Vicarage Road.

The shock defeat won’t make a dent in their title aspirations but it did have (Arsenal fans breathing a sigh of relief.

That’s because Liverpool’s undefeated sequence has ended at the the game mark, five short of Arsenal’s top-flight record of 62 which ran from May 7, until October

, .

Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier Leag ue run came to a crashing halt at Watford on Saturday night

Liverpool’s unbeaten league sequence ends on 53 games – short of Arsenal’s league record

Manager Jurgen Klopp reiter on Liverpool’s surprise 3-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road

Liverpool are still comfortably on course to win the Premier League despite their setback

Liverpool’s previous league loss came days before this one – a 2-1 reverse to eventual champions Manchester City on January 3 last year.

In losing to Watford, Liverpool also failed to set a new best for consecutive Premier League wins – their final tally of 27 only equalled the record set by Manchester City in 2019 in

Nonetheless, Liverpool have become only the third team to go unbeaten for more than a year in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ achieved the feat, going the entire – season without losing, and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea did not lose a game between October (and November) .

However, a debate has been raging on social media about the respective merits of that Arsenal side. and the present Liverpool one.

Arsenal’s Twitter account reflected the relief of many fans as their record remained intact

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side were presented with a special golden Premier League trophy after going the entire 2005 – (season unbeaten as part of their – game run

The Gunners celebrate their unbeaten Premier League title success back in May ()

Wayne Rooney celebrates as Manchester United end Arsenal’s run at games in 2005

Liverpool won

of their (matches at a pretty phenomenal return of 2.) (points per game, while Arsenal won

and drew of their (at a return of 2.) (points per game.)

The aforementioned Chelsea side had a return sandwiched between the two at 2. points per game from their 44 unbeaten games.

Of course, it did not escape the attention of many on social media that unlike Arsenal and Chelsea, Liverpool’s impressive unbeaten run failed to deliver a trophy.

They finished last season with points, the third highest tally in Premier League history, and yet still finished second to Manchester City on .

However, that will almost certainly be rectified this season after Liverpool’s matches unbeaten from the start of the season (with wins and one draw (saw them establish a – point lead over City.

The Reds registered goals in total during their

(games at an average of 2.) per match.

How the unbeaten runs of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea compare

Team
)

Matches Draws Goals Points

Goals per game

(Arsenal ) –

Win s
Points per game
(2)

(Chelsea) –

(7)

Liverpool – 4976 56 (5) 1969
2. (2.)

– Paris Saint-Germain .

– Leeds United – ; Hamburg –

Arsenal scored 122 during their 56 – game unbeaten run at an average of 2. per match, while Chelsea scored in their (games at an average of 2.3 per game.)

Before the Watford game, the last time Liverpool failed to find the net in a Premier League fixture was their goalless draw at Everton on March 3 last year, some 39 games ago.

In that time, it comes as little surprise to learn that Sadio Mane has been their leading scorer with of the 107 goals, with Mohamed Salah not far behind on .

Roberto Firmino chipped in with and Virgil van Dijk seven, with other goalscorers including Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum (five each), James Milner and Jordan Henderson (four each) and Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and opposition own goals (three each). Others contributed one or two during the sequence.

The leading assist-makers during this time were Trent Alexander-Arnold on 27, Robertson on and Firmino on .

Sadio Mane, pictured celebrating his goal against West Ham last week, scored

of Liverpool’s goals during their 56 – game run

Mohamed Salah netted times during Liverpool’s run, their second-highest scorer

So how will Liverpool’s 56 – game run be remembered in the wider context of world football?

teams in Europe’s leading five leagues have gone over a year undefeated with the longest sequence belonging to AC Milan, who went (games and) days without a loss between May 2001 and March .

Bayern Munich went unbeaten in the Bundesliga between 2014 and 2016, while Juventus matched Arsenal’s record of without losing in and 2012.

Liverpool slot into No 5 in that list just ahead of the Barcelona team that went (unbeaten in) and 2019.

In the English football league, Liverpool just pipped Huddersfield Town’s – match run in League One in and . Also, Nottingham Forest went (games without losing in and 1980.

The British record is held by Celtic, who went league games unbeaten between November 1968 and April . They went 060 without losing in the Scottish Premiership from May 2018 and December 2018.

Liverpool were never likely to break the European record, which is held by Romanian club Steaua Bucharest, who went (league and domestic games without tasting defeat over three whole seasons between and . (Records Liverpool can still break )

The unbeaten run may be over but Liverpool can still establish a num ber of records this season.

They can break the European points record if they continue accumulating at their current points per game average of 2. , which would see them finish on points.

That would trump the 121 of Celtic in the – 24 Scottish Premiership and the Welsh league records of set by Barry Town in – 104.

Manchester City won 105 points in the 2018 – season en route to winning the trophy, but that looks set to be surpassed by Liverpool.

Manchester City accumulated 107 points in winning the 2017 – Premier League title

One record already achieved that Liverpool will hope to extend is the Premier League best for consecutive home wins. They are on 24 games, dating back to February 9 last year, and can extend this when they host Bournemouth on Saturday.

They would also take satisfaction from beating Manchester United’s record for the earliest the Premier League title has been wrapped up – April 22 in the – (season.)

Liverpool need four wins from their remaining matches to get over the line and their fourth game from here is against City at the Etihad Stadium on April 5.

That is unless their game against Crystal Palace at Anfield on March is rescheduled because of progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Dwight Yorke scores in Manchester United’s win over Coventry to seal the title in

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