Right now, Liverpool’s Premier League title bid looks pretty unstoppable.
Beat Manchester City, in what looks set to be the game of the year, and they will be nine points ahead of closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
From such a lead, it’s very rare teams lose their grip of top spot.
In previous years, since the introduction of three points for a win in the 1981/82 season, only four teams with a lead of nine points or more at ANY stage of the season have failed to win the title – and two of those saw the leaders having played more games than the clubs below them.
But if one thing is to derail the Reds it could well be Klopp’s managerial record in January.
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Having previously managed in Germany, a country where a winter break is implemented, it appears he can’t quite get his sides performing in January, although he is improving.
Last season saw him have his best January ever with one loss – to Swansea – and Premier League wins over Burnley, Man City, and Huddersfield.
But in his previous two campaigns it wasn’t so good with Liverpool failing to register a win in during the 2016/17 season, despite ending 2016 with an eight game unbeaten run.
Jurgen Klopp's January record at Liverpool
- 2015/16 – Played 4 | Won 1 | Drawn 1 | Lost 2
- 2016/17 – Played 4 | Won 0 | Drawn 3 | Lost 1
- 2017/18 – Played 4 | Won 3 | Drawn 0 | Lost 1
- Total – Played 12 | Won 4 | Drawn 4 | Lost 4
Once again it was Swansea who delivered a defeat for the Reds, while they drew with Sunderland, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
And in 2015/16 – Klopp’s first campaign having been appointed in October 2015 – they were defeated by West Ham and Manchester United, drew with Arsenal, and beat Norwich City in an epic 5-4 thriller.
So will Klopp have changed his ways to ensure the Reds maintain their title charge?
If not the race may take a few more twists and turns before once side holds the trophy aloft.