What has happened since Liverpool last lost at Anfield? Liverpool's unbeaten home record analysed
It's a long time since Liverpool last lost at Anfield - three-and-a-half years to be precise - but how much has changed for the club in that period?
Cast your mind back to 23 April 2017. Do you remember what you were doing?
The chances are you probably don’t, and that’s fine. It was three-and-a-half years ago after all. That’s over 1,200 days, 28,800 hours or 1.7m minutes.
Yet that was the date of Liverpool's last home defeat.
They lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace, with Philippe Coutinho’s first-half opener ultimately beaten by a brace from former striker Christian Benteke.
Unsurprisingly plenty has happened in the intervening period since the last time Liverpool lost at Anfield, such as…
Over half of the starting XI have left the club
OK, so six players leaving a football club in a three-and-a-half-year window doesn’t sound like a lot.
But you have to appreciate that Jurgen Klopp has not been a manager that advocates a big turnover in players while at Liverpool.
Their current squad, for instance, is very settled.
They have only made one signing since lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the 2019/20 season – back-up left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas.
Adrian and Takumi Minamino, meanwhile, are the only two first-team players to have been signed since the end of the previous season.
Despite this, Liverpool’s XI that take to the field in most games this season will be almost unrecognisable to the one that went down at home to Palace.
Of the players that started that match, Joel Matip, James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi are the players who remain.
To put the regeneration of the team into perspective, Mohamed Salah has since joined from Roma, scored 94 goals, won two Premier League Golden Boots and been awarded the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards, among several individual honours.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – now Liverpool’s first-choice right back – had also started just two Premier League matches at the time Liverpool last lost a home game in the league.
They have equalled their trophy haul of the previous 12 years
Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title, and first league title in 30 years, is obviously their most significant achievement within this timeframe. But it is by no means their only one.
Instead, the title win was the culmination of a golden period for the club.
In the time since that 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, the Reds have also won the 2018/19 Champions League, 2019 Super Cup and 2019 Club World Cup.
On top of that, they were also runners-up in the 2017/18 Champions League, having lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.
Prior to their last home defeat, it had taken them 12 years to record the same trophy haul of four.
What a ride.
Recording the second-longest unbeaten home run in Premier League history
Yes, Liverpool's current unbeaten home run stands at 64 league games – that’s the equivalent of nearly two full seasons.
Feels like a lot, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is.
It’s a sequence that has put them second on the list of the Premier League’s all-time longest unbeaten runs at home.
While they’ve got a way to go yet before overtaking the 86-game record set by Chelsea between 2004-08 - the longest unbeaten home run in English football - it’s undoubtedly an impressive achievement.
The current Liverpool home record has already eclipsed sequences set by Roberto Mancini’s title winners at Manchester City and the Class of ’92 at Manchester United, among a host of other legendary sides.
Given what they have accomplished in the last three years, it’s hard to argue that they should not be considered Premier League royalty themselves.
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