There were many reasons to be disappointed after the 3-0 defeat to Watford. It simultaneously ended Liverpool’s winning and unbeaten streaks. The former equaled Manchester City’s all-time record, and the latter was creeping up on Arsenal’s. Plus, there’s still the whole business of needing to wrap up the league. Four more wins and that.
However, one record is still very much on the cards: the all-time English top flight record for most consecutive home wins. The previous record, which Liverpool equaled last time at Anfield against West Ham, was set by another group of Reds under Bill Shankly. For Reds past and present, the record stands at 21 consecutive home wins. Today, this Liverpool side can make it 22.
It is maybe little consolation after missing out on the sexier records of longest winning and unbeaten streaks. But it’s still damned impressive. And it shows how Klopp, like Shanks before him, has made Anfield a real fortress.
If this record isn’t enough motivation to return to winning ways, there’s still another very important reason to see off Bournemouth today: reducing the number of wins needed to win the league to just 3.
Breaking records is fun, but winning titles is what this whole enterprise is really about. And the Reds can take a massive step toward that end today, so long as they return to their winning ways. And as a bonus, they will write themselves into the history books. Again.