Liverpool set Premier League defensive record in Burnley win
Posted On March 22, 2019
The Reds also broke two other records as they moved just two points behind Manchester City as they ran out 3-1 winners
Liverpool survived a scare at Turf Moor on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches on what proved to be a record-breaking night for the Reds.
Jack Cork struck shortly after half time for Burnley to give the hosts an unexpected lead, but Jurgen Klopp’s men responded with strikes from James Milner and Roberto Firmino, before Xherdan Shaqiri put the icing on the cake in a resolute 3-1 win.
The victory means that Liverpool moved back to within two points of league leaders Manchester City but it was also significant for a number of broken records.
Much of the club’s success this season has been built on the foundation of a solid defence, and after conceding just six goals in their first 15 Premier League games so far this campaign they have equalled the top-flight English league record at this stage of a season, alongside Man Utd in 1985-86, Arsenal in 1990-91, Chelsea in 2004-05 and Chelsea in 2008-09.
The phenomenal run of form also means that Alisson has not lost in his opening 15 league matches as a Liverpool player; equalling the club record in the Premier League set by Javier Mascherano in November 2007.
Another personal record set on Wednesday night went to Milner, who after helping his side take the lead, scored in the 50th Premier League match of his career. The ex-England international has not ended on the losing side in any of those matches (W39 D11 L0), setting himself a new Premier League record.
As impressive as these statistics are, however, Jurgen Klopp will be more pleased with the result – a vital three points that sees his side go into a hectic festive period within touching distance of Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.
The two sides meet for the second time this season on January 3rd, when the Reds will travel to the Etihad looking to replicate the performance that saw them storm past City in the quarter finals of the Champions League back in April with a famous 2-1 victory.