Arsene Wenger has revealed the secret behind Arsenal’s Invincibles season – and has advised Liverpool how they can match their achievements this time around.
Wenger’s class of 2003/04 went through the entire season without losing a Premier League match – a feat yet to be matched, though Liverpool went close last season in losing just once.
This time around, Jurgen Klopp‘s troops remain unbeaten – having just dropped two points all season – and Wenger has spoken out about the secret ingredient behind their unbeaten season: instill the fear of what losing would feel like.
“You look at the number of goals they score and the number of goals they concede,” Wenger said on beIN Sports. “They are very good.
“They play intelligent football, their players make intelligent decisions on the pitch.
“My experience when you play the whole season unbeaten is that they accumulated the belief that if they just continue to play they will win the game.
“That is very difficult to get in the team because you need a special run to do that and to get the fear of losing out of the team.
“It’s something that is very important and they have that at the moment.”
Wenger is also firmly in the belief that this will, finally, be Liverpool’s year, having agonisingly missed out by a point last season.
“They were close last year and they are still on course to do it,” Wenger added.
“But I think what Liverpool is expecting at the moment is just to win the Premier League and that is the first target for such a football city
“To stay for 30 years without winning the Premier League… nobody would have predicted that.
“That is their main target and I think they are on a good run and on a good course to achieving that this season because their main opponent is quite far away already.”
The Reds are currently on a 50-game unbeaten run, with 18 wins from 19 league matches this season – and sit 13 points clear at the top of the table.
In other Liverpool news, meanwhile, Klopp is expecting a Reds favourite to run down his contract and leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.