Liverpool’s winning run in the 2019/20 Premier League season continued on Saturday with the Reds obtaining a maximum 24 points from eight games.
However, they were made to sweat as Leicester came to within an inch of ending their winning run.
A stoppage-time penalty from James Milner stole the three points for Jurgen Klopp’s men after Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have fouled Sadio Mane in the box.
Earlier, Mane gave Liverpool the lead just before half-time when Milner’s brilliant through ball from the left set the Senegal international on his way, and he made no mistake in front of goal.
Klopp’s men had chances to kill the game off after the break but the likes of Mo Salah fluffed their lines.
It looked like they were going to pay a huge price for their missed chances when James Maddison fired the ball though Adrian to make it 1-1 on 80 minutes.
There was a twist in the tale though as a mix up at the back saw Mane nick the ball in the box and Albrighton’s clumsy challenge led to referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot. The penalty was confirmed following a lengthy VAR check.
With Salah hobbling off the pitch minutes earlier, the penalty taking duty was left to Milner, who made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Kapser Schmeichel the wrong way.
The result is also Liverpool’s 17th consecutive league victory, which is one away from the record of 18 that Manchester City set in 2017/18.
And it no doubt strengthens Liverpool’s bid to win a first ever Premier League title with the Reds no eight points ahead of City, who face Wolves at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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But despite recording eight straight wins to kick off their season, there’s one stat which suggests that Liverpool don’t have much of an advantage.
The last time Liverpool won their opening eight league games was in the 1990/91 season.
A great start but it was not enough to secure a league title as Liverpool ended up finishing second to Arsenal.
In fact, the last time Liverpool won a league title was in 1990.
But Klopp will not want to get too hung up by stats and will be focusing on their next match at Manchester United on October 20. No biggy…