Tarak Malhotra Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Liverpool are off to a fantastic start in the 19/20 Premier League season, winning all 8 games and amassing 24 points. This leaves them 8 points ahead of second place Manchester City. Liverpool are currently on a 17 game unbeaten run in the Premier League – an ongoing club record in the Premier League era.
In the 18/19 season, Liverpool finished on a massive 97 points, yet still fell short by a single point to Manchester City. That season, Liverpool won 30 of their games, drew seven
and lost just one. 97 points would have been enough to win any other season before that.
Having defeated Leicester City last week, Liverpool now face a challenge as Manchester United await them at Old Trafford. While playing Leicester, Liverpool were held 1-1 during stoppage time, but a late penalty converted by James Milner won them all 3 points. This is the first game of the season where Manchester United and Liverpool will meet.
Manchester United are currently 12th in the league, sitting just two points above the relegation zone. In their last five games against the Merseyside giants, United managed 6 points, winning one, losing one and drawing three. Winning this game would put Liverpool 11 points ahead of Manchester City, although Manchester City still have a game in hand away against Crystal Palace.
After losing their first choice goalkeeper, Manchester United look desperate ahead of their game against Liverpool on Sunday. David de Gea has been average for United this season, managing just two clean sheets in eight games, but he is still their first choice goalkeeper.
On the other hand, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is back after an eight week break due to an injury sustained in Liverpool’s first game of the season against Norwich. The Brazilian injured his right calf taking a goal kick for Liverpool. Backup keeper Adrian has proved prolific for the Reds, helping them win all eight games that he has started in. It will still prove a tough challenge for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Being 8 points clear at this stage means that they have already established themselves as definite title contenders, but now it is all about maintaining this excellent form, and there is still a long way to go..