By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
After 14 league games of the 2018/19 campaign, Liverpool have won 11, drawn three, lost none and have conceded a meagre five goals – seldom have the Reds found themselves in such a position at this stage of the season in the Premier League era.
In fact, according to data from transfermarkt, not only is it the Reds’ best Premier League start to this point, but it’s also the eighth best start ever of any club since this competition began in 1992/93.
In addition, only Chelsea (in 2004/05) have ever conceded less than five after league 14 games – that was under the management of José Mourinho, and it’s common knowledge that he knows how to park a bus.
So, considering all that, the fact that we are still only second in the league and two points off the leaders is nothing short of staggering, we’ve happened to pick the year that Manchester City have recorded the second-best start of all time. Just our luck.
Regardless, this is still an extremely positive situation for Liverpool as they look to put that long wait for a 19th Premier League title to an end – this time last season Jurgen Klopp’s side was sat in fifth and 14 points behind Pep’s record-breakers – though it also demonstrates the monumental task that the club faces to realise that dream.
City never look like they will drop points and, in truth, they will likely only do so on rare occasions as they look to secure back-to-back Premier League crowns for the first time ever, so it is crucial that Liverpool take full advantage whenever they do so.
This means matching them on a result-by-result basis. On most occasions they have done this, drawing against the Sky Blues at Anfield stopped them from pulling away while the Reds have ground out results elsewhere when needed.
Failure to beat Chelsea and Arsenal away from home however, something that City managed with relative ease at the beginning of the season, have allowed Pep and his side to get away with their slip-up at Molineux and still have a two-point lead.
Perfection seems like a lot to ask of a side that still looks to perhaps be missing a creative spark in midfield, but when you’re competing with a side of Manchester City’s ability and strength, it may be necessary if Liverpool want to lift that trophy in May.
This means beating Manchester United on December 16th, just as Pep’s side did a few weeks ago, it means bettering City’s result by beating Wolves five days later, and it probably means having to enter the lion’s den and beating them at the Etihad on January 3rd.