Liverpool ‘could go unbeaten next season’ but need to respond to Watford loss

Liverpool could go on a run of defeats if they are not careful after seeing their unbeaten Premier League stint ended at Watford on Saturday.

That is the view of former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who still reckons the Reds are good enough to go unbeaten next season.

The Anfield club’s hopes of remaining unbeaten for an entire Premier League season ended after a brace from Ismaila Sarr and another goal from captain Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-0 win.

Liverpool had won their past 18 league games and another at Vicarage Road would have made history as the longest winning run in the English top flight.

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They are still massive favourites to win a first league title in 30 years, but Keown, who was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles side, has warned about a streak of potential losses.

But he insists Jurgen Klopp ’s men could potentially go on a run of unbeaten games again next season.

“Liverpool’s sudden defeat gives me a renewed sense of how remarkable an achievement Arsenal’s Invincibles season was,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail .

“But do not make the mistake of thinking this means Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot come back and still go unbeaten for a campaign.

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“In September 2002, Arsene Wenger said he believed Arsenal could see out 2002-03 without losing. Then in October, Everton beat us 2-1 with the help of a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney.

“But we all know what happened a year later, in 2003-04. Arsenal returned, rallied and became the Invincibles.

“What Klopp has to beware is after that defeat at Goodison Park, we lost a stream of matches. Within two weeks, Blackburn beat us in the league and we lost to Auxerre and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

“So Klopp will want his players to respond immediately and avoid unravelling. He has to get them back to boiling point.

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“The Premier League title is as good as theirs, regardless of Saturday’s loss to Watford, but they now face big clashes in the FA Cup and Champions League. Chelsea and Atletico Madrid await in those competitions.

“Dust yourselves off, remember the quality you have in that dressing room and demand those same high standards that have taken you to the brink of being crowned champions of England.”

The Reds take on Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday before Bournemouth visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

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