Liverpool’s weekend was a big one. And while it feels like all weekends of late have generally been big, this one felt significant for a few reasons. First, the Reds dispatched another big name in the Premier League as they held off a stubborn Tottenham Hotspur side led by Jose Mourinho.
Maintaining a clean sheet and coming out London with the win was going to be celebrated even if Spurs lined up without Harry Kane. Especially given that Mourinho would have, as the play bore itself out, at least some answers as to how one might be able to slow down the Liverpool attack.
True, the woodwork and some deft individual defensive brilliance in the way of saves from Paulo Gazzaniga and some goal-line clearances from the Tottenham back line, certainly chipped in. But the Portuguese manager succeeded to make this match just uncomfortable enough to throw off a team that’s generally been in full flight. Full credit to them for that.
Still, Liverpool managed to cash in on one of their chances to nab all three points, taking them to 61 points out of 63 available this season, and making them the fastest team in the history of all of Europe’s top 5 leagues to reach point total within a season. Liverpool are, in a word, brilliant.
When approached by the official site about this mark, though, Andrew Robertson seemed to espouse the focused and determined mantra that’s permeated through everyone in the club. Namely, that while the record is nice, it’s not the goal. Winning a Premier League title is the ultimate prize.
“Yes, if we break records on the way, fine, great, but we will look at that [only] if we get a trophy. Records don’t mean anything unless they get you the end goal, hopefully this season it will [come].”
Looks like the Reds are all focused on wrapping their hands around one specific shiny thing this year. Here’s hoping they can keep racking up the results to bring that big bauble home.