You have to cast your minds all the way back to April 23 2017 to find the last home defeat in the league for Liverpool as a 74th minute strike from Christian Benteke sank the reds 2-1 in front of a perplexed home crowd. It was Benteke’s second goal of the match following a 24th minute strike from Barcelona bound discard, Philippe Coutinho. Since that eventful loss, Liverpool have not lost in the league and have now gone on to become Europe’s record holders for the most consecutive home games without a loss. A record previously held by Barcelona who lost to Real Betis at The Camp Nou over the weekend.
The defense has not been this tight since the Benitez era and you would have to go all the way back to the 1978/79 season when the team allowed in just 16 goals home and away over a 42 game season. That same season, Liverpool finished a comfortable 8 points ahead of Nottingham Forest and 9 clear of third placed West Brom. If the 2018/19 side keeps a fickle defensive record similar to that title winning side then they may end up champions themselves come May next year.
The red men have gone 27 games in the league at home since the loss to Palace which has included 18 wins and 9 draws. In that time, Liverpool have conceded just 11 goals all up with only 1 of those conceded in 6 matches at home this season thus far. It’s an impressive run which will only lead to a greater confidence within the defensive members of the squad who continue to impress week in and week out.
It’s no secret that the signing of both Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson have been some of the most expensive and important signatures obtained by the club in recent memory which has guaranteed a growing reputation across Europe. Anfield has, once more, become the fortress we have all been pining for as Klopp’s “heavy metal football” takes a back seat to a well drilled and disciplined defensive approach to matches. As the season progresses, it is expected that more records will fall as the Merseyside club chase that elusive top flight title which has been within touching distance only a few times in nigh on three decades. More than anything, it’s what Liverpool supporters want more than anything.
What’s more startling is that during this unbeaten 27 match run, Liverpool have scored 3 or more goals in 13 of those games. That’s nearly half! They have only conceded in 8 matches during this period which has allowed for no less than 19 clean sheets all up. All this will be tested after the international break with visits from Everton, Manchester United, and Arsenal all coming before the end of this calendar year. Sandwiched in between United and Arsenal are Newcastle United as well. A floor-less finish to 2018 would see the reds move to 31 games in the league at home without a loss.
Early in Klopp’s reign, the manager was heavily criticized for taking the side down the Kop end of Anfield following a late equalizer against West Brom to “celebrate” a 2-2 draw. At the time, Klopp reiterated that he wanted to build a unity between the supporters and the players. Well, it’s paid off in a big way and this is exactly why Liverpool supporters must continue to keep faith in the German manager even if some rocky seas arise over the coming weeks and months. Klopp is building something very special at Anfield. You would be a fool not to keep the faith. And with continued defensive displays like we have seen in recent times, one would suggest that success is only just around the corner.