Following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside back in October 2015, Liverpool have gone on to establish themselves as English football’s top club after decades of near misses. In clinching their 19th league title, the Reds have done so in record-breaking fashion, bettering numerous achievements by prior champions. So, let’s take a look at the statistics behind their long-awaited triumph.
Although Klopp’s side didn’t seal the 2019-20 Premier League title on the field, Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on June 25th ensured that the Citizens could no longer catch the Merseyside club. While there are a whole host of records that Liverpool still have a chance of breaking before the end of the campaign, they have already written themselves into the history books by achieving the most consecutive home wins in the competition’s history.
At the time of writing, and while it is still subject to change, the six-time champions of Europe have won their last 22 matches at Anfield, with their most recent being an emphatic 4-0 win against Crystal Palace. Furthermore, the Reds have also beaten a 19-year record that was previously held by Manchester United. According to Squawka, the Red Devils won the league title in the 2000/01 season with five games remaining. However, in ending their wait for the title, Liverpool have done so with seven games left to play.
As mentioned above, there is still plenty for the 19-time champions of England to achieve, including attaining the biggest ever title-winning points margin. City currently holds the record following their 18-point gap over United in 2017-18, but the Reds, who are, as of June 29th, 23 points ahead at the top, are on course to create more history in the season’s closing stages.
Ending a Thirty-Year Wait
Aside from the on-field statistics, Liverpool’s achievements are even more remarkable when you analyse the numbers involved in their player recruitment. According to a report by Scroll, Liverpool rank 14th among the existing Premier League clubs for their net spend over the last five years with a total outlay of £108 million. By comparison, the same article state that Manchester City, who top the net-spend table, have paid £602 million in transfers. Moreover, the Reds have also spent less than the likes of Brighton, Newcastle United, and Watford.
Such a recruitment policy has enabled Michael Edwards, Klopp, and Liverpool’s hierarchy to purchase players who have since become some of the best in their respective positions in the Premier League. As per Transfermarkt, and at the time of writing, Mohamed Salah has been involved in 99 goals for Liverpool in 101 appearances since his £37 million move from Roma in July 2017. This season, the Egyptian has found the net 17 times and is currently 7/2 with football betting on Space Casino, as of June 29th, to claim his third golden boot come the end of the season.
While debates will rage on regarding whether this Liverpool side is better than teams of old, including the Centurions, the Invincibles, Jose Mourinho’s 2004-05 Chelsea, and Ferguson’s prime United outfit, few can argue against the effectiveness of Klopp’s title-winning squad. Having already convincingly broken a whole host of records, the Reds are well on their way to establishing themselves as English football’s most dominant league winners.