Here’s a statement you won’t be surprised to hear – Liverpool is the best-ever trophyless team in the history of Europe’s top 5 football leagues.
What a year it was for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. The Reds reached the Champions League final last season, making a strong statement that they are finally ready to compete on the best level.
They signed Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Xherdan Shaqiri, spending more than £160 million on summer reinforcements and enjoyed an excellent pre-season winning seven out of the nine friendlies.
The Reds started the 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a 4-0 victory over West Ham. They announced themselves as title contenders right away noting six consecutive wins at the start of the season.
And weirdest celebration of the season goes to… Jurgen Klopp.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 3, 2019
Their first slip came at Chelsea, when a 90-minute stunner from Daniel Sturridge saved a point for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Liverpool hosted City in the next round, but survived yet again, as Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty kick in the dying moments of the game.
From this moment on, the Reds’ confidence grew on another level and they started winning game after game. They noted 11 wins in the next 12 games, being the only undefeated team as the season went into 2019.
In their first match of the New Year, Liverpool traveled to City with a seven-point advantage ahead of the Citizens at the top of the table. A win could see them extend their lead to ten points and maybe wrap up their first-ever Premier League title.
However, even though Jurgen Klopp’s boys put up a good fight, they suffered their first defeat of the season that night at the Etihad. In January the German coach sacrificed the FA Cup, losing to Wolverhampton in the third round, as it was evident that his boys desperately need a rest.
Liverpool’s worst run came in February, when they won only two of the six games between the 24th and 29th Premier League round. It was probably the turning point of the season, as Manchester City returned on the top of the table. Both teams won in each of the last nine games in the league, as the Citizens were crowned Premier League Champions for 2018-19.
But even though Liverpool failed to win the title yet again, they have to be proud of what they’ve achieved this season. They finished the campaign with club-record 97 points and lost only one game in the process.
97 points, 1 loss all season. So proud of this team! Now let's go and win what everyone else could only dream of, number 6!#LFC #Liverpool #PremierLeague #LiverpoolFC #Klopp #YNWA #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/IMAD0fE5Pr
— Forever Red (@ForeverRedUK) May 12, 2019
The Reds are the only team in Premier League’s history to win as many points, but finish the season as runners-up. In fact, with 97 points they would have been champions in each year, other than 2018 and 2019.
At an individual level, Jurgen Klopp’s boys picked up all the awards. Virgil van Dijk was named Premier League’s player of the season, Alisson Becker won the Golden Glove award, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot with Arsenal’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
They will have another chance to win a trophy this season though, as the Reds meet Tottenham in the Champions League Final on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.