Liverpool's Premier League 44-Game Unbeaten Run Comes to an End
Liverpool's 44-match undefeated run came to an end with their first defeat of the campaign in a 3-0 at Watford with a brilliant performance of Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney. In the wake of 18 back to back league wins The reds started the game at Vicarage Road. Watford were thoroughly deserving of the win to improve their survival hopes. They were unlucky to not lead just before half-time. Alisson made the mistake but Deeney failed to finish. Liverpool failed to improve in the second half and Watford finally got a deserved opener. Ismaila Sarr, chasing Deeney's through-ball behind Liverpool's backline made it 2-0. He was brilliant again chasing down Arnold's unfortunate back-pass and passing Deeney to find Alisson's back of the net. With this loss, Liverpool's lead still remains impressive with 22 points. Man City definitely will not be expecting a collapse from Liverpool, but it can renew the hope. Jurgen Klopp's team had gone 44 matches without a single loss only 5 games short of "the Invincibles" record.
Liverpool's PL 44-game undefeated run was ended by Watford:
Liverpool had gone 44 league matches without a loss before Watford ended that streak with a 3-0 win at home.
Starting XI: Foster (7), Femenia (8), Kabasele (8), Cathcart (7), Masina (8), Hughes (8), Capoue (7), Deulofeu (7), Doucoure (8), Sarr (9*), Deeney (8)
Substitutes: Pereyra (8), Pussetto (7), Chalobah (N/A)
Starting XI: Alisson (4), Alexander-Arnold (5), Lovren (4), Van Dijk (5), Robertson (5), Fabinho (5), Wijnaldum (5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Mane (5), Salah (5), Firmino (5)
Substitutes: Lallana (5), Origi (5), Minamino (6*)
- Since January 2019, Watford are the first team to defeat Liverpool in the Premier League.
- It was an ending to the second-longest undefeated run in Premier League history and the joint-longest winning streak.
- The Red's 0-3 defeat was the biggest margin of loss for a team beginning the game top of the Premier League since November 2015.
- Watford's win was the greatest over a side beginning the game top of the ranking by a side in the relegation spot since November 1985.
- Liverpool failed to score in a Premier League match for the first time since March 2019, ending a run of netting goals in 36 back to back league matches.
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Liverpool cannot get every record
Jurgen Klopp asserted he is not overpowered with breaking records in the wake of loss. They faced the first loss of the campaign, finishing a 44-game streak without a defeat. Watford's win additionally denied The Reds a chance to achieve the longest winning sequence in Premier League after they started kicking the ball with 18 back to back wins. Be that as it may, Klopp stated he was not concentrated on such achievements and only had eyes on the displays of his footballers. He added: "My boys have lots of records that we are not that greedy that we think we have to defeat all sides, you cannot get every record possible. You have to do it. The outcome is a result of the quality. This evening, we did not play as always. That's my problem. Once again we can win matches and set a new mark. It is consistently obvious at a point we would lose a match. We are human beings and the boys did a brilliant job, so this evening does not have anything to do with matches we won previously. Watford did exactly what they had to, Liverpool did precisely what we didn't want to do." the German included.
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Van Dijk named it an 'unacceptable' defeat
Virgil van Dijk branded the loss as "unacceptable" since their 44-match undefeated run in the Premier League ended. In a game that Liverpool hardly threatened Watford's goal and Van Dijk believes the Reds performance was not good at all critical of the manner of the defeat. He stated: "If you concede 3 goals clearly we have to change something as a team, and obviously we will, It's hard to get along with it. To me, the only positive is we have an FA Cup match this week. In our last match, we conceded a goal of a freekick, a good goal. Now we need to improve. but if you look at the entire campaign we've been good in the defense. However, we know there's a gap for improvement. We won't let it go, we have to improve as a team. It's intolerable that we lose 3-0. We didn't lose a match like this during the whole season, Watford did very well, however, we should've done way better. We want to make it up."
The loss means The Reds won't be able to go the whole season undefeated, though Van Dijk said: "Losing is annoying, but the records are just for the media and those who always talk about it. We didn't think about it ever. We go ahead, we have Bournemouth at Anfield and we are going to strike back"
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The statistics behind Liverpool's unbeaten run
- The Reds won 39 of their 44 games at a rate of 2.77 points per match above Guardiola's side in 2017-18 with a rate of 2.63 points per match.
- Liverpool won 9 back to back matches at the end of last season yet still missed the title. The Reds' 97 points were the most by a runner-up and the third-highest in PL of all time.
- They keep up with winning into this campaign with a further 8 wins stretching their run to 17 back to back successes.
- In October, Liverpool fell a match short of Manchester City's record of 18 successive victories with a 1-1 draw against Man United. They won all the games afterward to equal the record but that came to an end on Saturday with the loss at Vicarage Road, against Watford.
- With no scare of missing the title, The Reds still sit 22 points above Manchester City.
- Liverpool had netted at least one goal in their last 36 Premier League matches, enlisting 104 goals in their undefeated run.
- 12 Other members carried out to score 3 own goals too.
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How the longest undefeated runs came to an end in PL history
Liverpool have finally tasted a loss in a Premier League game since January 3, 2019. However it is farfetched to deny Liverpool from winning the title, it did prevent them from braking Gunners' record of all time in Premier League. Let's take a look at the manner the longest undefeated runs ended:
ARSENAL (2003-04) - 49-Match unbeaten run
Along with fans of Watford, Wenger's 'Invincibles' were perhaps the happiest people about Liverpool's defeat. Their record took more than a year between May 2003 and October 2004. A whole season unbeaten run just prevented by the great opponents of the time, Man United, from reaching 50. Rooney and van Nistelrooy netted two goals at Old Trafford. A match famous for 'Pizzagate', with Alex Ferguson hit by a slice in the tunnel.
LIVERPOOL (2019-2020) - 44-Match unbeaten run
Having lost only 2 points all campaign, Liverpool arrived at Vicarage Road. However, in their 28th Premier League match, Nigel Pearson's Watford prevented them from reaching 45. Surprisingly, Watford were winless in their previous 8 contests against Liverpool and the Reds had won their last 18 consecutive league games.
CHELSEA (2004-05) - 40-Match unbeaten run
Winning the title with 95 points, Chelsea were the boss in Mourinho's initial campaign in his first spell at Stamford Bridge. in October 2004, A 1-0 away defeat against Manchester City was their only loss and it was over a year to taste defeat in the same city once again. Fletcher netted the goal at Old Trafford as United beat Mourinho's team 1-0, However, it was The Blues who would end the season as champions again.
ARSENAL (2001-02) - 30-Match unbeaten run
Arsene Wenger's amazing sides had a habit of preventing defeats and one of the unbeaten runs occurred during the 2001-02 campaign. Everton had lost over and over that season but they got their revenge the next October. At Goodison Park, it seemed as if the Arsenal were on the way to make it 31 but Wayne Rooney denied with curling an amazing strike as his first Premier League goal at the last minute.
MANCHESTER CITY (2017-18) - 30-Match unbeaten run
Guardiola's team was probably the greatest the Premier League has ever observed since they earned the title with 100 points and scored 106. But they lost twice in that season, the first at Anfield against the Reds in a 4-1 loss.
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