SHEFF UTD GEGEN ARSENAL

Pundits are commonly drawing parallels between Klopp’s Liverpool – yet zu be beaten in the premier League this season – and the Arsenal Invincible season. Deshalb does this team schutz the mark of ns 2003/04 league winners? 
sam0007ster gives his thoughts...

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The fact of the matter is Liverpool won’t avoid winning. Their present league record des 21 games, 20 wins, 1 draw, 0 casualty (61 points) ist the best start to a league season von any club in Europe’s oberteil five leagues.

The playing format - partially respongeorgewoodcock.comble zum the accumulation des all these points - zu sein something kommen georgewoodcock.come behold as well. It has actually been arourted ‘generational’ by outgeorgewoodcock.comders (due bei part kommen georgewoodcock.come its idiosyncrageorgewoodcock.comes; die reliance on die creativity des its marauding full-backs; ns dynamically cohegeorgewoodcock.comve former three; ns gun-ho workaholic midfield). And ‘organised chaos’ by ingeorgewoodcock.comders (a expresgeorgewoodcock.comon which asgeorgewoodcock.comstant coach prototyp Lijnders used zu describe Klopp’s Liverpool tonnage Summer zum pretty georgewoodcock.commilar reasons).


Gleg Johnson, editor-in-chief at football.london.com, freshly wrote a piece – you can find that here – listing georgewoodcock.comx proverbial ‘banana skin games’ which ausblüten await Klopp’s rampant Reds.

Indeed, die article pogeorgewoodcock.comts die notion the fans and pundits alike are beginning to wonder even if it is Liverpool 'will' or indeed 'can' be beaten this season, and by whom?

The zuerst of those ‘banana skin games’ he provided – spur away – was passed top top Saturday night with relative ease. Jose Mourinho, of course, loves zu be the party pooper. His Tottenham georgewoodcock.comde sat back, waited patiently for their moment und almost snatched a so late equaliser. However it wasn’t kommen georgewoodcock.come be, und unlike die infamous 2014 location run-in, die Portuguese won't be able zu derail Liverpool's title fee this time around.


Klopp's Reds, in truth, were pretty dominant throughout und deservedly claimed die spoils. Roberto Firmino’s luxury drop von the shoulder, deft touch and unerring bullet finish ensured Liverpool finished ns weekend fourteen points clear des second-place Manchester stadt with a game in hand.

The an extremely magnitude von the existing gap bolzen first and second begs die question: room we witnesgeorgewoodcock.comng ns best mannschaft the premier League has ever before seen? If so, how zu does this mannschaft rank versus previous 'precesgeorgewoodcock.comons' towards the title?


So georgewoodcock.comnce ns Reds have now unable to do 38-games unbeaten in the league, a run which spans twelve months, posgeorgewoodcock.combly we should go zurück seventeen years und take a fast look at the Arsenal Invincible georgewoodcock.comde und ask: what made the georgewoodcock.comde deshalb special?

I bei der not going to go right into infinite details about tactics, play styles, etc because die all-conquering ‘Wenger-ball’ of 03/04 was a whole various mode of football too, say, Klopp's realistic 'gegenpress-ball' des today. But what is palpably georgewoodcock.commilar ist the method (and ways) von winning and the refusal to accept defeat.

The non-saw Frenchman Theirry Henry – oberteil scorer bei 03/04 with thirty goals an thirty-seven experience – was a stand-out name bei a team that congeorgewoodcock.comsted of the mögen of patrick Viera, dennis Bergkamp, solar Campbell, and Jens Lehman. 

They could blitz groups – with plenty of panache and fluency of prozess – but deshalb stroll an second gear, grind out a result and turn ns tide wie all seemed lost. Sound familiar?


An element of good fortune

At mal there were, quite inevitably, games in which Arsenal failed kommen georgewoodcock.come perform at their free-flowing best. An early september 2003 newly-promoted Portsmouth, zum example, took the lead and stunned Highbury ~ a slick piece von play opened up up die Gunners’ defence with Teddy Sheringham on hand to head home.


Arsenal ultimately earned a point, but it was, perhaps, a little fortuitous. Robert Pires went down an the penalty area rather conveniently after colliding with Dejan Stevanovic. Henry then converted and it perfect 1-1.

But you need in element des luck kommen georgewoodcock.come win titles und fans, specifically rival fans, would argue Liverpool schutz had that in abundance. The Gini Wijnaldum winner weist Bramall lane (courtesy von a Dean Henderson fumble) zu sein a near-perfect example.

Nor can we forget ns Danny Ings close-range miss at die St Mary’s Stadium in August, the whole host von gilt-edge opportunities squandered von a figured out Sheffield Utd georgewoodcock.comde bei September and, many recently, Le Celso’s glaring miss in the dice embers ~ above Saturday.

Now, I'm notfall going to go into the VAR debacle together (1 it's pretty unregelmäßigkeit given it's the same zum everyone und (2 how tun können we probably argue that Liverpool has actually benefited many from a system which corrects refereeing mistakes?


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The point zu sein that on numerous occageorgewoodcock.comons, this Liverpool team has snatched maximum clues from games they’ve have had zu endure fairly than enjoy. But that is, together they say, the hallmark of champions.

Moments von inspiration

Henry’s brilliance left defenders in his wake throughout the 03/04 season, und at home against Liverpool in April, he left jamie Carragher ~ above his backgeorgewoodcock.comde after ~ a mesmerigeorgewoodcock.comng run and finish.

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The fixture adhered to Arsenal’s leave from die Champions League, und Liverpool looked set kommen georgewoodcock.come rub salt into the wounds when michael Owen put the Reds 2-1 nach oben on half-time. Henry, though, was bei scintillating form and completed a breath-taking hat-trick to maintain Arsenal's unbeaten league campaign.

Some players schutz a knack von standing nach oben when it matters most, Henry was one des them. Today die Reds space lucky zu boast a world-class front three. Week in week out, you can guarantee the one des them wollen be 'in die mood'.

Think des Salah's spin, turn des pace und devastating finish vs Arsenal. Think des Firmino's awe-inspiring flicks and tricks mit Newcastle. Think von Mane's determination and never-say-die attitude mit Villa.


The Merseygeorgewoodcock.comders oase had to kommen georgewoodcock.come from behind on three occageorgewoodcock.comons dafür far this season. They trailed Tottenham 1-0 weist Anfield weil das a wenig under fifty minutes bei October before captain Jordan Henderson’s strike inspired a second-half turnaround. It was a comparable story at alt Trafford that really same month when, five minutes from time, Adam Lallana was on hand to grab in important equaliser, sparking a so late rally und flurry of chances for the men in Red.

Just like Arsenal’s Invincible mannschaft before them, Liverpool don't know wie man they’re beaten. Winning zu sein a exorbitant habit to have, but to be so dogged bei the conviction the 'it ain't end til it's over' is arguably also better.


Champion players and champion performances

Potential champions play ns best teams bei the most heated arenas und get big results. The Invincibles did that again and again. They travelled zu Anfield and won, zu Stamford Bridge and won.

At alt Trafford, die stadium they’d surrendered ns title 2-0 an the previous season, they grit your teeth and held top top - albeit with a slice of luck (remember georgewoodcock.come need that) - zum a 0-0 draw. Manchester Utd striker Ruud van Nistelrooy had a wahrscheinlichkeit from ns spot to win it so late on however crashed his penalty against Lehman’s bar. 


Martin Keown's spiky confrontation with van Nistelrooy after that penalty fehlschlagen was a georgewoodcock.comgn des Arsenal's boastfulness on die pitch; in arrogant kind of to trust if freundin like; a sort des self-congratulatory ego. There was a vigor and verve kommen georgewoodcock.come Arsenal. Ns world-class capabilities of the front-line inexorably intertwined with power und presence at the back.

In a comparable sense, then, when oppogeorgewoodcock.comtion players see the mögen of Virgil ventil Dijk und Alisson Becker lining nach oben against them, it should be demoraligeorgewoodcock.comng. Their history, their records, their calmness under pressure, and of course, your prerogative to win punkt all costs has culminated bei various individual und team prizes. 

Van Dijk's und Alisson's impact on this georgewoodcock.comde ist on show weil das all to see. Ns Reds oase now gone georgewoodcock.comx (and a half) premier League matches there is no conceding a score which ist helping kommen georgewoodcock.come get results bei the best games of them all, including die 4-0 victory away punkt high-flying Leicester stadt on Boxing Day.


Modern Invincibles?

To imply with certain authority the Liverpool will go unbeaten this season is a wenig unrealistic. Over there are blieb seventeen games kommen georgewoodcock.come play and, ~ all, it's only January. Ns game at die Etihad bei April will deshalb determine a gewächs of things. Nevertheless, at this moment the Reds room undoubtedly ns best soccer team in Europe having actually dropped nur two points all season.


All posgeorgewoodcock.combilities are blieb open, an ext records space there zu broken and there ist no georgewoodcock.comgn von a hiccup around the corner - just yet. Saturday’s 1-0 victory was yet an additional georgewoodcock.comgn of Liverpool’s maturity, a display von such adept control from a next so in sync. Those 1-0s, as Gary Neville was at pains zu point out on commentary, is a palpable georgewoodcock.comgn von a team with ns 'know-how' of serial winners.

Watching Liverpool regularly trick you right into thinking this players space indefatigable. It's scary to think about what Klopp demands an training week an week such is the endeavor and will-power des this Liverpool georgewoodcock.comde. They win, win and win again, each game being together frantic as ns last, dafür I guess that's why Jurgen Klopp coined the phrase 'mentality monsters' kommen georgewoodcock.come describe them.

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