Liverpool are on course to become the Premier League’s greatest ever team.
Of course, that title will always be a subjective one, but the Reds have four matches in which they can surpass Manchester City’s points record of 100 amassed during the 2017/18 campaign.
It would, objectively at least, crown Jurgen Klopp’s men as the most dominant champions to ever grace the Premier League and three victories would be enough to make it happen.
Liverpool chasing history
And considering Liverpool’s crowning achievement has been inevitable for the best part of six months, football fans have become incredibly familiar with the records they could break.
Aside from the magical points tally of 100, Liverpool could also make history with the most home points, most victories, most home wins and the biggest title-winning margin.
However, that’s all well and good, but it goes without saying that Liverpool have let their golden standards slip by the slightest, finest and minutest of margins in recent months.
Their hopes of going the entire season unbeaten were ended in dramatic fashion with a 3-0 defeat at Watford, while Manchester City dished out an even bigger 4-0 loss post-lockdown.
There were even wobbles in wins over Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion that suggest Liverpool aren’t necessarily the Premier League GOAT’s that statistics make them about to be.
Records out of Liverpool’s reach
And SA TIMES Sport revealed on Friday that there are more Premier League and football records that Liverpool have already fallen short of this season than you might have expected.
So, to make rival fans feel better about the fact Liverpool have humbled them all this season, give yourself a pat on the back by realising that these seven records are safe from their grasps:
1. Most goals in a Premier League season
The 106 goals that City scored during the 2017/18 campaign looks as safe as houses, unless Liverpool can miraculously score 32 goals in the final four games.
2. Most Premier League away wins and points
Again, this record lies with City who won 16 times on the road and collected a total of 50 points, whereas Liverpool can only amass 15 away wins and 47 points at best.
3. Fewest Premier League goals conceded
The Reds have already conceded 26 times in the league this season, which puts them miles behind Chelsea’s record of 15 from the 2004/05 campaign
4. Going a Premier League season unbeaten
The obvious one. Defeats to Watford and City mean that Arsenal remain the only team to win a golden version of the trophy as bona fide ‘Invincibles’.
5. Greatest goal difference in Premier League history
No awards for guessing this was 2017/18 City with a goal difference of +79, which is exactly 30 better than Klopp’s Liverpool.
6. Highest points tally in English football history
Liverpool’s defeat at the Etihad Stadium meant they couldn’t surpass the 106 points that Reading accumulated when they won the 2005/06 Championship, albeit in a 46-game season.
7. Most points in a top-flight European league
This record actually lies with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after he guided Celtic to the 2016/17 Scottish Premier League title on 106 points.
Even if Liverpool do indeed surpass 100 points to objectivity become the Premier League’s greatest ever champions, there’s certainly enough statistical fuel to challenge their status.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that Liverpool can do in their final four games to prove to me that they’re better than Pep Guardiola’s centurions.
Is that just an opinion? Of course, but I think that City’s team played the greatest football England’s top flight has seen in the modern era and that should count for as much as any data-set or stat.
And the fact their goal-scoring record may never be beaten goes to show that they played a more attacking brand of football that blew away opposition in a way we’ve never seen before.
So, sure, I’ll happily accept Liverpool as the mathematical GOATs when they inevitably become so, but I know which team I’d rather watch if I had to choose between them and 2017/18 City.