Liverpool will end the 2019-20 season as Premier League champions, but they won’t end it unbeaten. For a while, though, it looked possible. And while it was possible, they had an unlikely supporter: former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.
“I thought they were going to go all the way unbeaten,” Henry told Sky this week. “I think it would have been good for the game. Because of the way they would have done it, the way they’re playing with passion, commitment, and desire.
“When [a team is] like that, you want them to be successful. My idea of the game is exactly how Liverpool plays. That’s why I wanted them to do it—because it would have been good for the game. People tend to copy the team that’s at the top.”
It’s hard to get much more on top of the league than Liverpool were—and are, with play frozen due to coronavirus. Even with their one loss, they’re a faintly ridiculous 25 points clear with the season three-quarters of the way played.
Even with that one loss and with a perfect season off the table, they project to win 107 points—on pace to smash the record of 100 points earned by Manchester City in 2017-18. And while having a net spend a fraction of City’s.
Good football, responsible finances, and setting a new standard. It’s easy to see why neutral players and coaches might look up to this season’s Liverpool side—even if it’s still a little bit surprising that Henry in particular would have.
“I thought they were going to do it and wanted them to do it,” he added. “Which was always funny because people kept asking me how I would feel if they did it.”