Liverpool’s incredible clean sheet record and the elite sides they could beat, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea
Jan. 20, 2020
Liverpool are coasting towards the Premier League title with a seemingly unassailable 16 point lead at the top with a game in hand.
What is remarkable is how they have dropped just two points from 22 games and look almost certain to end their 30 year wait for a league title.
Their 2-0 victory over Manchester United was perhaps the moment when most Liverpool fans finally started to believe that the title was theirs.
Their nearest rivals, Man City and Leicester, both dropped points and have just 15 games to try and overturn the enormous deficit.
At times it has not been pretty. Some performances have been sublime, such as the 4-0 demolition of Leicester, but they have been more than adept to grind out the results in recent games.
Key to their success has been their solid defence that has seemed impenetrable at times.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have not conceded a Premier League goal since December 4 when they beat Everton 5-2.
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They have gone seven straight games without conceding a goal after struggling to keep clean sheets at the start of the season.
In their first 15 games, Liverpool kept just two clean sheets but for much of that time first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker was injured.
They still have some way to go to beat the record of 14 straight games without conceding but they have a chance considering their opponents.
Their next eight games are against Wolves, West Ham, Southampton, Norwich, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth and Everton.
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Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at the longest consecutive Premier League clean sheet runs to see where this current Reds side fit in.
6= Southampton – 7
This strong run by the Saints took place between January and March 2001 during Glenn Hoddle’s spell in charge of the club.
It was his first job back in management following his sacking by England and kept them in the Premier League against the odds.
He left in March 2001 to join Tottenham but when he left they were on course for a top-10 finish.
6= Middlesbrough – 7
Steve McClaren was in charge of Boro during this consecutive clean sheet spell from October 2003 to December 2003.
That season ended with his side winning the League Cup and an 11th place Premier League finish.
6= Manchester United – 7
The first of two times Sir Alex Ferguson’s United team appear on this list with the first stretching from May 1997 to August 1997.
The Red Devils won the title in the 1996/97 season and missed out by a point to Arsenal the following year.
6= Liverpool – 7
This is the current run the Reds are on from December last year to now.
6= Liverpool – 7
Rafael Benitez was in charge of Liverpool for this spell of clean sheet from November 2006 to December 2006. That season they finished third in the Premier League but 23 points off champions Man United.
6= Everton – 7
This run stretched over two managers’ reigns at Goodison Park from November to December 1994.
Mike Walker was still in charge at the start of November before Joe Royle took over later in the month.
3=. Liverpool – 8
The Reds’ best run came under Benitez in the months that followed their Champions League success in 2005.
From October to December 2005, they went eight games without conceding a goal.
3= Chelsea – 8
Jose Mourinho was Chelsea manager when they did not concede for eight straight games from January to April 2007.
It was right at the end of his first spell with the Blues as they came second in the 2006-07 season.
3= Arsenal – 8
Arsenal’s only appearance on the list unsurprisingly comes while Arsene Wenger was manager from January to March 1998.
It was the season where they pipped Man United to the Premier League title by one point.
2. Chelsea – 10
Jose Mourinho’s second appearance on the list came in his first season as manager and stretched from December 2004 to February 2005.
Chelsea eased to the Premier League title that season as the racked up 95 points and conceded just 15 goals.
1. Manchester United – 14
Comfortably ahead of any of clean sheet run in the Premier League era is the Manchester United side of 2008-09.
They had a sensational streak without letting in a goal from November 2008 to February 2009 as they won the title ahead of Liverpool.
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