A last-gasp penalty from James Milner handed Liverpool all three points against Leicester City on Saturday, meaning that Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the international break with 8 wins from 8 matches at the start of the Premier League season. Having narrowly missed out on the title last time around, the Reds are now in pole position to go one better. So, just how long can Liverpool keep up their 100% record in the top-flight?
Liverpool find themselves with an eight-point advantage over reigning champions Manchester City, and with encounters against struggling rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to come after the international break, fans at Anfield will undoubtedly be confident that the Reds can extend their winning run for some time to come. It appears that United are already nervously anticipating their encounter with the league leaders, after young defender Axel Tuanzebe called their next meeting “brutal”, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sitting just two points above the relegation zone.
Things are not a whole lot better for upcoming opponents Spurs, who followed up a Champions League trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich with a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Brighton & Hove Albion. Mauricio Pochettino is another manager under pressure, with Liverpool sitting 13 ahead of the North Londoner’s at present in the standings. With manager Klopp having seen his side score 20 goals and concede just six times in their opening eight top-flight fixtures, it comes as little surprise that confidence is sky high on Merseyside.
While Liverpool’s winning streak cannot last forever, it comes as little surprise that they are the firm favourites to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history with the majority of the biggest football betting sites in the UK. However, with the Reds having blown a 10-point advantage just last season, nothing will be taken for granted, with Klopp and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum having quickly played down title talk following their win over the Foxes on Saturday.
Given the fact that Liverpool have won their last 17 league fixtures, the possibility of the Reds leading the pack wire-to-wire is distinct, with the form of the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino having meant that they have been relatively untested in the Premier League so far this season. However, Klopp will be nervously keeping an eye on his players during the international break, with many of Liverpool’s rivals having been hindered due to injuries.
Liverpool could well welcome back goalkeeper Allison back from injury following the international break, with the Brazilian having been out of action since their opening match of the season against Norwich.