It was a record-equalling night for Liverpool as a 21st successive league victory at Anfield matched the Reds’ own top-flight record, set between January and December 1972, while an 18th consecutive win drew them level with Manchester City’s Premier League landmark set in 2017.
The have already claimed as many points (79) as Manchester United’s treble winners of 1998/99 managed in that whole season and also won as many matches (26) as Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invicibles.
Striker Sadio Mane scored in the 81st minute goal to secure the comeback victory after Liverpool trailed 2-1 at Anfield and they can set a new mark of 19 consecutive wins by beating Watford on Saturday.
Liverpool are 22 points clear of second placed Manchester City and will secure their first title in 30 years by taking 12 points from their 11 remaining matches.
Westham remain in the relegation zone after seven league games without a win under David Moyes, although their new manager was rightly encouraged by his team’s display at Anfield.
Moyes said: “I felt we had grown into the game and started to earn the right to play. We thought there were points there for us. There is a lot I want to improve. I thought in the main we did well but this wasn’t a big game for us. Neither was Man City. These are warm-ups. The big games start now. The players have been told that in the dressing room. We have to do something in these upcoming games.”
The record book are waiting to be rewritten. They might as well pulp the ones that have gone before because there are so many new highs that Liverpool are preparing to hit. The only question is how many trophies Liverpool will win along the way, but for now Jurgen Klopp wants his players to keep their foot on the pedal until the title is confirmed.
It demonstrates that Liverpool have discovered the crucial knack of finding a way to win. They have not blown teams away this season, but they have overcome all of them, with the exception of Manchester United at Old Trafford, but even on that occasion, they dug a late equaliser because they are prepared to take risks to get something from games.
By Linda Amiani