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‘Astonishing’ Reds just keep on winning

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Klopp was also asked by reporters if he had seen such consistency from any team

After watching Liverpool add another sweeping brush stroke to their masterpiece of a season, even manager Jurgen Klopp had to concede on Saturday that he had never seen anything like the relentless, consistent excellence of his record breakers.

The 4-0 win over a Southampton side who had made life hard for the Reds until being swamped in the second half saw Klopp’s European champions pass yet more milestones in what increasingly promises to be one of English football’s landmark campaigns.

After agreeing that Liverpool’s 22-point lead in the Premier League – the biggest at the end of a day in the history of England’s top-flight – was ‘astonishing’, Klopp was also asked by reporters if he had seen such consistency from any team.

“I have never seen it, to be honest,” he conceded.

Liverpool’s 73 points from their first unbeaten 25 matches – 24 wins and a draw – is the greatest tally of any team at this stage of the season in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.

They are on course to emulate Arsenal’s 2003/4 ‘Invincibles’ by going a whole season unbeaten and Saturday’s 20th successive league win at Anfield meant they equalled Manchester City’s record in the Premier League era.

Bill Shankly’s 1972 Liverpool side, the all-time record holders with 21 straight home wins, could be the next to be eclipsed as Klopp’s side look, uniquely, to win every one of their 19 Anfield matches this season. Their run stands at 13.

Reuters