Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Can Create A Slice Of History Against Arsenal
The mouthwatering match-up of the weekend takes place at the Emirates on Saturday evening when Arsenal lock horns with Liverpool.
The fourth-placed Gunners have recovered from back-to-back defeats from their opening league matches under Unai Emery to amass an impressive 22 points from their following eight games, however they are still four points shy of joint-leaders Liverpool who are locked with Man City at the top of the table.
Liverpool, who are yet to lose in the league this season, now have history in their sights this weekend as a win in North London will propel their points tally to 29 from their opening 11 matches, which would represent their best ever start to a Premier League season, in terms of both points and wins.
A draw at the Emirates would put Jurgen Klopp’s men level with Gerard Houllier’s Reds side from 2002/03 who tallied 27 points from their first 11 matches, while Klopp’s 2016/17 outfit had 26 points at this stage of the season.
From a more general historical perspective, only three teams in the Premier League era have ever accumulated over 30 points from 11 matches: Pep Guardiola’s title-winners last season, Roberto Mancini’s City side from 2011/12, who famously lifted the trophy on the final day, and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea back in 2005/06 - all three teams won 10 and drew one of their opening 11 fixtures = 31 points.
Liverpool make the trip to the capital unbeaten in their last six matches against Arsenal, winning three of the last four. Five of those six matches have been drenched in goals, which includes a couple of 3-3 draws, a thrilling 4-3 win, and a 4-0 hammering at Anfield last season.
Liverpool are the 21/20 favourites to record what would be an historic win this weekend, however Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions, and can be backed at 13/5 to register all three points, whereas a draw is available at 29/10.