Liverpool have been beaten. They have lost their chance of securing a true treble. Jurgen Klopp’s side must also come back from losing the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Atletico Madrid.
It is no time to write off a team that are 22 points ahead in the Premier League at the start of March but when it comes to fighting for their place in the history books some of the sheen has been lost.
They were on course to not only match Arsenal and The Invincibles that went a full 38-game campaign without a league defeat in 2003/04 only to lose to Watford on February 29.
All the talk was that Liverpool could repeat the feat that saw Arsene Wenger rewarded with a golden Premier League trophy to honour his unique achievement, only to do it better – more wins, more goals. Not anymore.
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Chelsea’s victory over the Reds at Stamford Bridge on March 3 also took any hope of a famous treble out of their hands. Manchester United, for now at least, will remain the only club to collect the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in a single season.
Last year, Manchester City missed out on European glory but did pick up the league, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in a unique domestic treble.
What is it that could make Liverpool stand out as truly special, beyond merely running out as the best of the 2019/20 season?
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There are other records for Liverpool to break even if they cannot secure their own treble or go unbeaten like the Invincibles.
In 2018, Manchester City became the first side to hit the 100-point mark in a Premier League season, and set a new benchmark for the number of victories, securing 32 wins in both their successful 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns.
If Liverpool are to become the most prolific…