Liverpool set new benchmark with best start to season in European football history

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Premier League leaders Liverpool set a record for the best start to a domestic campaign in the history of Europe’s top five leagues with Saturday’s victory at Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp’s relentless Reds are hurtling towards the Premier League title and Saturday’s 1-0 win on their first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium moved the league leaders up to a staggering 61 points from their opening 21 games this season.

It means Liverpool’s points tally at this stage of the season surpasses the previous Premier League record of 59 points, set by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in 2017/18 before they went on to win the title.

And if that wasn’t enough, Liverpool’s start this season has also bettered totals set by Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, Barcelona in La Liga and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga to stand alone as the greatest start to a top-flight season on the continent.

Most Points After 21 League Games (3pts/Win)

TeamCompetitionPointsCampaign
LiverpoolPremier League612019/20
Man CityPremier League592017/18
JuventusSerie A592018/19
Bayern MunichBundesliga592013/14
BarcelonaLa Liga582010/11, 2012/13
PSGLigue 1572015/16

“I really tried to respond in an appropriate way when someone told me but I didn’t feel anything,” Liverpool manager Klopp said in his post-match press conference. “I don’t know what is wrong with me!

“But the record is really cool, it’s exceptional. When I analysed after the game, I told the boys what we could and should have done better because, of course, I know if it was easy to have a winning streak then so many other teams would have done it. It’s obviously exceptional.

“We didn’t think about it for a second before and after the game someone had to remind me about it. If it stays like this, I can think about it in five years or so.”

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