MARTIN KEOWN: Liverpool might go unbeaten next season… but Jurgen Klopp must now demand the high standards that have taken them to the brink of being crowned champions
- Liverpool’s defeat gives me a renewed sense of the Invincibles’ achievement
- But Jurgen Klopp’s side could still come back and go unbeaten for a campaign
- The Reds boss must ensure that his players respond and avoid unravelling
Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown was part of the Arsenal Invincibles side that went unbeaten for the entirety of the 2003-04 season.
Liverpool’s sudden defeat gives me a renewed sense of how remarkable an achievement Arsenal’s Invincibles season was. But do not make the mistake of thinking this means Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot come back and still go unbeaten for a campaign.
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.
Liverpool’s loss at Watford gives me a renewed sense of the Arsenal Invincibles’ achievement
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.
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.
Jurgen Klopp’s rampant league leaders may still come back and go unbeaten for a campaign
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