Paul Merson has said that there is “not a chance” that Liverpool will match Arsenal’s feat of going a whole season unbeaten, despite starting the current Premier League campaign with eight wins from eight.
Having missed out on the title last season to Manchester City after losing only once last season – to the eventual champions – Jurgen Klopp’s side have gone again this season and their dramatic 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday continued their perfect start.
The result put Liverpool eight points clear at the top and they stayed there after City’s loss to Wolves on Sunday, but writing in a column for Sky Sports, Merson reckons the Reds will not match Arsenal’s feat in 2003/04 of going a whole season without defeat.
“Liverpool won’t go unbeaten, not a chance,” the pundit said. “What Arsenal did all those years ago, that’s some going. What Liverpool are doing, winning all these games on the trot, though, is ridiculous.
“They weren’t great the other day. When Leicester got to 1-1, they looked like the team that might nick it, even though Liverpool didn’t deserve to lose.
“For 70-odd minutes they were the better team, but they just kept on going and you have to get some breaks every now and again.
“No-one is going to look back on October 5 and remember the penalty, but that spot-kick could’ve been a massive, massive goal.
“When you win league titles, everybody forgets about what happens in October and November.
“Everybody just thinks about what happened in April or May, but the penalty could be massive in the context of the title race.”
Meanwhile, Egyptian forward Mo Salah limped off in Saturday’s defeat of Leicester and scans have reportedly revealed that there are “no major” issues with his ankle.
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