Liverpool have enjoyed a season for the ages so far and are on the brink of the Premier League title.
Alan Shearer has become the latest to laud the Reds’ efforts this season, in conversation with Reuters, and would not be surprised at all if Jurgen Klopp’s charges were to finish the 2019-20 campaign undefeated.
With just four wins needed for Liverpool to win the title, it has been little short of a procession for the Merseyside outfit, still 22 points clear of second-placed Manchester City after 27 games.
Liverpool have won all but one of their league games so far this season, drawing the other one, while their top-flight winning streak was extended to 18 matches after the 3-2 win over West Ham.
Put simply, Liverpool are champions-elect, and Shearer is the latest to admit that the title race is over thanks to the Reds’ “relentless” quality in every position.
“I know it’s the end of February, mathematically it hasn’t been decided yet but, yes, Liverpool are going to win it,” Shearer told Reuters.
“In terms of competition, Liverpool have had a freak season. It would not surprise me at all if they went through the season undefeated just like Arsenal did (in 2003-04).
“Other clubs are in transition in terms of Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea. Leicester have had a brilliant, brilliant season in terms of where they were.
“But I don’t think it’s a negative on the standard of the Premier League at all. It’s just Liverpool have been that good the others have found it difficult to keep up with them.”
Shearer isn’t wrong in declaring this a “freak” Premier League season in that Liverpool have just been sensational in every way, and it’s just reward for how they overcame their heartbreaking title tilt last term, when their 97 points – with just one defeat – weren’t enough against a Manchester City side just that little bit better.
Likewise, Liverpool didn’t let their Champions League final defeat in 2018 get to them, as they surged to the showpiece event the following season and overcame Tottenham to lift the trophy for a sixth time.
Can they go unbeaten? Based on their current form it doesn’t look unlikely at all, but that’s for the fans and pundits to discuss – Klopp and his players will be taking it one game at a time, focusing on the job at hand and then leave the plaudits once the season’s over.