Liverpool breaking records and opponents’ resolve

Jurgen Klopp’s side is perched atop the Premier League by a handsome, some would argue, unassailable margin, and the team’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United Thursday ensured it picked up some more records, as well as points, in what has been a remarkable 12 months for the club.

Liverpool dominated United, making 874 successful passes in the match — the most in Premier League history since data has been collected by Opta — and recorded its 18th consecutive Premier League win at Anfield.

And, perhaps most special of all, in beating United — a team currently eighth in the league and defying the odds after promotion from the Championship — Liverpool became only the third team to go unbeaten over a year in the Premier League, joining Chelsea and Arsenal in the record books.

Since losing to Manchester City on January 3, 2019, the Merseysiders have played 37 league games without defeat. Over the course of its 12-month unbeaten run, Liverpool has won 32 of 37 league games, collecting 101 points from a possible 111, according to the Premier League.

Chelsea went 40 games unbeaten from October 2004 to November 2005, while Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run — which remains a record no English Football League team has matched — included going the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten.

The Reds are still 12 matches short of Arsenal’s record, and after Thursday’s victory captain Jordan Henderson said surpassing the Gunners, or even going the entire season unbeaten like Arsenal’s famed…

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