Liverpool fans may have already started celebrating their first Premier League title but there is one significant milestone that could still be thrown away before the season finishes in May.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will go to within four wins of glory should they see off the threat of David Moyes’ West Ham on Monday evening, which will restore their 22-point lead with just nine games to go.
As of now, Arsene Wenger’s 2003/04 Arsenal side are the only team to go a 38-game season without losing, with league bosses deciding to honour that achievement with a golden trophy.
Although the Premier League have not yet announced whether another trophy will be commissioned, they are likely to match their gesture from 2004 which was handed to Wenger as a gift when he left the club in 2018.
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The date when the Reds could clinch top spot is also still uncertain, but three points against West Ham on Monday will leave them needing only four more wins to achieve glory.
The Reds will have the chance to take Manchester City’s crown at Goodison Park on March 16 should Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lose in either of their next two Premier League fixtures against Arsenal or Manchester United.
If City manage to win both games, the encounter with Crystal Palace on March 21 is another possible date, but that will be rescheduled should they reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, which could mean the title is fittingly won at the Eithad on April 4.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner recently said when asked about their title chances: “I am pinching myself, but we haven’t done the job yet.
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“I keep saying to everyone I talk to that we really need to savour this because I appreciate the record we have achieved so far and I don’t think it is going to come along quickly [again].
“The level of competition in this league is so great eventually you think you are going to have an off day.
“But that hasn’t happened yet, which is a great compliment to Jurgen because obviously, the team is playing at peak talent every week.
“As Jurgen said, we haven’t done the job. We haven’t accomplished anything yet. There will be time to enjoy this even more at the end of the season.”
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Klopp himself has been notably cautious over talking about the title, but he did recently admit that he his glad supporters are getting ready to celebrate.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss said last month: “They can sing whatever they want.
"I am not here to dictate what they sing. If our fans were not in a good mood now that would be really strange.
"But we are here to work. It is as simple as that. It is a very positive atmosphere but I have to stay concentrated.”
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