Part Two of our look back at the 20 matches that saw Liverpool unbeaten through to the end of 2018.
Liverpool are out of the F.A. Cup after Monday’s third-round fixture which saw the Reds in a rather listless display at the Molineux Stadium against Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves. With no more domestic cup games, Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp are now unencumbered and can focus on trying to win the Premier League.
In honour of the 20-game unbeaten run the club went on leading up to the new year—and a pair of results now that haven’t gone our way—we looked at the first ten matches that saw the Reds get off to their best ever start to an EPL season in Part One of our mid-season review last week. Now, here’s Part Two.
Premier League games 11 to 20
Match week 11:
Referee: Andre Marriner
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Goal scorers: James Milner 61’
Opposition Goal scorer: Alexandre Lacazette 82’
Opposition Assist: Alex Iwobi 82’
James Milner’s goal at 61 minutes which put Liverpool ahead of the Gunners for 21 minutes of the match was his 50th Premier League goal.
Match week 12:
Referee: Paul Tierney
Liverpool 2 – 0 Fulham
Liverpool stayed in second on 30 points after this game which saw Fulham suffer their sixth defeat of the season.
Match week 13:
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Watford 0 – 3 Liverpool
Goal scorers: Mohamed Salah 67’, Trent Alexander-Arnold 76’, Roberto Firmino 89’
Assists: Sadio Mané 67’
Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson received a second yellow card at 82 minutes and became the first LFC player to be sent off in an EPL match this season.
Match week 14:
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton
Goal scorers: Divock Origi 90+6’
A match that looked certain to end in a goalless draw finished in dramatic fashion for the second season running with Divock Origi this time scoring in very late fashion deep into stoppage time. That goal and the celebrations afterward (including Klopp forgetting himself and running onto the pitch – which only the soulless hated) was enough to make this 232nd Merseyside Derby one for the history books.
Match week 15:
Referee: Stuart Atwell
Burnley 1 – 3 Liverpool
Goal scorers: James Milner 62’, Roberto Firmino 69’, Xherdan Shaqiri 90+1’
Assists: Divock Origi 62’, James Milner 69’, Mohamed Salah 90+1’
Opposition Goal scorer: Jack Cork 54’
Burnley had just 25% of the possession in this match which saw Liverpool keep the pressure on City as the finished the match week on 39 points and firmly in second place on the table.
Match week 16:
Referee: Lee Mason
AFC Bournemouth 0 – 4 Liverpool
Goal scorers: Mohamed Salah 25’, 48’, 77’; Steve Cooke (OG) 68’
Assists: Roberto Firmino 48’
Mo Salah became the fastest Liverpool player to reach 40 Premier League goals (when he scored at 25 minutes) doing so in 52 games and his hattrick sent the Reds to the top of the table as match week 16 saw Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten run, beating them 2 goals to nil.
Match week 17:
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Liverpool 3 – 1 Manchester United
Goal scorers: Sadio Mané 24’, Xherdan Shaqiri 73’, 80’
Assists: Fabinho 24’
Liverpool dominated throughout and had 36 attempts on goal as opposed to United’s meagre six and beat Man United in the PL for the first time in nine attempts.
Match week 18:
Referee: Craig Pawson
Wolves 0 – 2 Liverpool
Goal scorers: Mohamed Salah 18’, Virgil van Dijk 68’
Assists: Fabinho 18’, Mohamed Salah 68’
Virgil van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool, ensuring that the Reds sit atop of the table on Christmas Day.
Match week 19:
Referee: Graham Scott
Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle
Goal scorers: Dejan Lovren 11’, Mohamed Salah (penalty) 47’, Xherdan Shaqiri 79’, Fabinho 85’
Assists: Trent Alexander-Arnold 11’, Mohamed Salah 85’
Fabinho scored his first Premier League goal as Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to six points with Manchester City succumbing to Leceister City at the King Power Stadium.
Match week 20:
Referee: Michael Oliver
Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal
Goal scorers: Roberto Firmino 14’, 16’, 65’ (penalty), Sadio Mané 32’, Mohamed Salah 45+2’
Assists: Mohamed Salah 32’
Opposition Goal scorer: Ainsley Maitland-Niles 11’
Opposition Assist: Alex Iwobi 11’
Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League hattrick as Liverpool extended the lead at the top of the table by nine points.
And there you have it, 20 games undefeated in the Premier League. With only PL and Champions League to focus on along with two more breaks than the teams still in the cup competitions, Liverpool remain in the driving seat to finish this season on top of the table… All we as supporters need to continue doing, is as Jürgen has asked us since arriving at Liverpool is that we all keep believing!
Up the Mighty Reds!
Read More: Liverpool F.C’s 2018-19 Premier League Mid-Season Review: Part 2
Source: Liverpool Offside