There is no more undefeated team in the English Premier League. This Saturday, leaders Liverpool had their 26-win streak broken in an impacting way as they were beaten 3-0 by Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium.
The setback shouldn’t be a problem for Liverpool to go on and conquer their first Premier League and end their 30-year fast of League titles, but it hurts a lot. An incredible side, with an unbelievable run, spending 2/3 of the League unbeaten, demolishing every team from the big six to see the “invincibles” dream to be crushed in a cruel way by relegation contenders Watford.
It’s fact, however, that Jurgen Klopp’s men aren’t performing as well as they should be. It seems like they are becoming more and more pragmatic. Two seasons ago they were putting on counter-attack masterclasses week in and week out, playing the most beautiful football in Europe but ended up trophyless.
Then it was last season, as the Reds changed a little bit their style, and prioritized the art of grabbing clean-sheets, mainly after the Alisson Becker arrival. It kinda worked, as they won the UEFA Champions League, but at the same time, they saw their Premier League dream ended by Guardiola’s City.
Apparently, the Premier League title won’t be a problem this season, since the Reds have an enormous 22-point advantage, but still… They still need to learn some lessons from that European defeat to Atleti and this one to Watford.
Then it comes the Jordan Henderson role. Since the Reds’ captain got injured, the level of performances dropped significantly. Some games need some players. And Jordan has shown that he’s the heart of this team. He’s the organizer, the one who the players look at in difficult moments in the game. A true leader.
A curious fact is that back in the famous “Steven Gerrard’s slip game” against Chelsea when the Reds needed a win at home to become Champions of the Premier League, Jordan Henderson was also absent, and the Reds ended up losing the remaining games, and consequently, the title.
About the title, yes, it’s going to happen. Liverpool will win the league this season, but they could have remained unbeaten, just to equalize Arsenal’s invincibles, back in 2004.
Not only for that, but Liverpool would also win a gold Premier League trophy, for going unbeaten throughout the whole 38 matches.
However, if you compare that Arsenal to this Liverpool, stats show that Arsenal had had 12 draws in that season, as Liverpool only had 1 so far. So Liverpool will probably overcome Arsenal in both the number of wins, and points conquered.
Now, Liverpool will go for the highest point tally in Premier League history, which belongs to Guardiola’s Man City in the 2017-18 season, as they got 100 points.
Instead of trying to say that the defeat doesn’t jeopardize Liverpool’s brilliant run, let’s talk about how good Watford actually was.
The Hornets dominated the Reds for the whole game. It was a Senegalese who shone, but it wasn’t Sadio Mane. Watford’s Ismalia Sarr stepped up and scored two second-half goals to pave the way for the win over the leaders, as Troy Deeney wrapped it up moments later.
A tough 3-0 defeat for the Reds, who faced a fearless Watford, who will probably get out of the relegation zone pretty soon. Fair play to them.