It just seems to keep improving and better for Liverpool.
Champions League winners in June, five points clear at the top of the Premier League table in mid-September and on an amazing winning streak that stretches back to March.
So just the length of time can Liverpool keep winning? Is Sergio Aguero on course for the Golden Boot? And why is Chelsea’s existing season stirring memories of a past title-winning project?
BBC Sport looks into a few of the weekend’s Premier League data.
Reds keep rolling
5 wins from 5 have offered Liverpool the best start to the season as they sit top of the Premier League with 15 points, five ahead of Manchester City.
It also implies they have ended up being just the 4th group to win 14 top-flight components in a row, equating to Arsenal’s record of 14 in 2002 and putting them one behind Manchester City’s run of 15 in a row this year and four behind the 18 successive league wins City achieved in 2017.
Arsenal’s run was ended by a 2-2 draw at West Ham on 24 August 2002 while Tottenham brought City’s 15- game winning run to an end last month. Their 18- video game winning run, on the other hand, was halted by Crystal Palace, who held Pep Guardiola’s side to a goalless make use of 31 December 2017.
So what opportunity have Liverpool of surpassing Manchester City’s record run? These are their next 5 games in the Premier League:
|Liverpool’s next five Premier League games|
|22 September||Chelsea (a)|
|28 September||Sheff Utd (a)|
|5 October||Leicester (h)|
|20 October||Man Utd (a)|
|27 October||Tottenham (h)|
Last season, Liverpool beat Tottenham home and away but they drew each of the corresponding components with Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester. The last time they played Sheffield United in the Premier League was back in the 2006-07 season and on that event the Blades managed to hold the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.
To add to previous form against those sides, all apart from Sheffield United presently occupy the top six.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will certainly need to be at their best to preserve their run and overtake City’s record.
First-class Aguero stretches scoring run
For those looking for the secret to fountain of youth, they could do even worse than take a look in Sergio Aguero’s cupboard.
The 31- year-old Manchester City striker seems only improving with age and on Saturday he scored for the fifth consecutive video game considering that the start of the season with his side’s first in the 3-2 defeat at Norwich.
Aguero is just the third player to attain that accomplishment in the Premier League, after the late Jose Antonio Reyes for Arsenal in 2004-05 and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United in 2011-12
Both those players went on to have the most prolific seasons of their careers after such a strong start.
Reyes hit a more four objectives in the Premier League to end up that season with 12 in all competitions, while Rooney scored a significantly more excellent 27 goals in 34 Premier League games in 2011-12 and 34 in all competitions.
Aguero has scored 30 goals or more in four of the previous five seasons. He has seven objectives already in this campaign and, with a house video game against Watford up next for City, there is little factor to think he will not maintain his outstanding run of kind in front of objective.
The crack in City’s armour?
There are not lots of obvious weaknesses in the Manchester City group, however coping with set-pieces certainly seems to be an issue for them.
In Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Norwich the hosts’ very first objective originated from a corner.
8 of the last 11 objectives Manchester City have yielded in the Premier League have come by means of set-pieces, with four of those from corners.
Widen the net further to include the past 12 months and more than half of the – admittedly few – goals they have yielded have been from set-pieces.
|Manchester City’s weak point at set-pieces|
|Premier League given that Aug 2018||Yielded||From set-pieces||Portion|
Regardless of those stats, Guardiola does not believe his side have a concern handling them.
” We have actually protected them really well in the past and in 4 years our standard has actually been so high, so it is not a weak point,” he said.
The kids are all right
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Chelsea fans are presently getting to see several of their own doing just that.
A mix of the arrival of club legend Frank Lampard as supervisor and the Blues’ transfer ban implies they are needing to turn to the kids much more than in recent times and they are firmly reaping the benefits.
In Saturday’s 5-2 win versus Wolves all of Chelsea’s goals were scored by academy items aged 21 or under.
|England U21 minutes by season for Chelsea in the Premier League|
A lot more excellent is the truth all 8 of their Premier League objectives this season have been scored by English players (Tammy Abraham – five, Mason Mount – two, Fikayo Tomori – one).
This is the Blues’ longest streak of successive Premier League objectives by English players given that a run of 11 in a row from September 1993 to January 1994 (Gavin Peacock – 4, Neil Shipperley – three, Mark Stein – three, Dennis Wise – one).
” We are trying to give possibilities to young gamers however just because they deserve it,” Lampard informed Match of the Day.
” I understand how hard they work in the academy to promote not simply great young players but also excellent mindsets with good principles – what can get you to be a leading player.”
Already this term, English Under-21 players have actually played 960 minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League.
That suggests this season’s team is well en route to exceeding the total number of minutes played by Under-21 English gamers in 2004-05 for the Blues.
That season didn’t end up too badly for Chelsea either – they won the Premier League title.
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