Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that this season’s Liverpool team could match his old side’s Invincibles status.
The Gunners were the last English team to go through an entire league campaign undefeated, doing so in the 2003-04 campaign, but Keown feels that the Reds have the potential to do the same this term.
“I’d have to say they are [the biggest threat to Arsenal’s Invincibles’ record],” he told talkSPORT [18/10; 10:25]. “This is a winning machine. [Manchester] City set the standards the last two seasons, nearly 200 points in two seasons – they know now that you live like champions.
“Nothing else matters but winning, and they go out and they do it. It’s going to be difficult for them. I think they play Man City, now, in the early part of November, and there are just two or three games between then. If they beat City, they’re eight points clear already, that’s massive. They’re setting huge standards, here, Liverpool.”
It’s way too early to say that Liverpool could go the entire Premier League season undefeated, but they’ve certainly gotten off to a good start in that respect. They’ve got a 100% record at this point and haven’t even looked like they’ve gotten out of second gear. If they’re going to remain unbeaten for the entirety of the campaign, though, then they’re going to have to play better than they did in the games against Sheffield United and Leicester City. Keown’s Arsenal side weren’t electric week in week out, indeed they had their bad games. But they managed to grind out results even when they weren’t at their best, which is what the Reds have done so far this season. As Keown says, the City game will be huge. Pep Guardiola’s side dealt Liverpool their only defeat of the campaign last time out, and so if they can come through this first clash between the division’s top two teams with their unbeaten record in tact, then Jurgen Klopp’s men will feel good about extending their undefeated run.