“Phew…,” Arsenal’s official Twitter account wrote after Watford’s 3-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Arsenal supporters were desperate to see Liverpool lose before they could beat their record of 49 league games unbeaten and go an entire season without tasting defeat.
And thanks to Watford and a brace by Ismaila Sarr, they’ve got their wish.
Liverpool fell five games short of matching Arsenal’s record and they were 14 games short of tying the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five leagues.
AC Milan went unbeaten in 58 straight Serie A games between May 1991 and March 1993, a run that stretched for 672 days.
That record is likely to stand for a very, very long.
So, where do Liverpool sit in the standings of Europe’s longest unbeaten runs?
Here are the 14 longest streaks…
1. AC Milan (1991-93) - 58 matches
2. Bayern Munich (2012-14) - 53 matches
3. Arsenal (2003-04) - 49 matches
3. Juventus (2011-12) - 49 matches
5. Liverpool (2019-20) - 44 matches
6. Barcelona (2017-18) - 43 matches
7. Nottingham Forest (1977-78) - 42 matches
8. Chelsea (2004-05) - 40 matches
8. Fiorentina (1955-56) - 40 matches
10. Real Sociedad (1979-80) - 38 matches
11. Perugia (1978-79) - 37 matches
12. Paris Saint-Germain (2015-16) - 36 matches
13. Leeds United (1968-1969) - 34 matches
13. Hamburg (1982-1983) - 34 matches
Klopp insisted that he wasn’t disappointed at Liverpool’s unbeaten record coming to an end.
“Not really, because I don’t think you can break records because you want to break records,” he said, per the club’s website.
“You break records because you are 100 per cent focused on each step you have to do, whatever record it is - a marathon or whatever - and for that you have to perform.
“The boys performed and that’s why we won the games, but tonight we were not good enough and that’s not now a plus for me that I think in history, when they look back in 500 years and will say ‘Liverpool nearly did it’.
“That’s not my main concern, you cannot change that and it was always clear, sometime we would lose a game.”
Let’s face it, Liverpool will have forgotten all about the Watford defeat when they’re lifting the Premier League trophy.
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