It has been said that if Liverpool are to lift the league title this season then they will have to go on a run that compares to Arsenal’s when they won the title in 2002.
Arsenal went on a 13 game winning run at the end of 2001/02 season which allowed them to finish seven points ahead of Liverpool.
But how do they compare?
Arsenal’s run was very impressive that led to them lifting their second league title under Arsene Wenger – particularly defensively as they managed to keep nine clean sheets during that sequence.
The Arsenal side was blessed with some terrific attacking talent as well in the form of Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord amongst others as they ended up winning the title at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Arsenal scored 29 goals during that sequence of games – whereas Liverpool have scored 32 goals on their current run. It is clear that the Reds are more reliant on their firepower in front of goal if they are going to deliver their first title for 24 years this term.
The Gunners conceded just the six goals during their run-in in 2002, yet more emphasis on being solid at the back. That tally doubled to six from three after their 4-3 win over Everton on the final day at Highbury, when the title was already won. It was also the game where Wenger’s side scored the most goals in that sequence of results.
So far, Liverpool have conceded 11 goals on this run of form and have kept just the three clean sheets. Though they may be leaking goals, there are scoring enough to win games – as has been highlighted on several occasions during this league campaign.
Much of Liverpool's spotlight has been on the strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge given that they have scored 49 goals between them in the Premier League so far this season more than any other aspect of the team, though Steven Gerrard has been receiving plenty of plaudits in recent weeks.
Some will say it isn’t a question of the personnel or that a certain type of team has to go on record runs to deliver success.
But several commentators and pundits will use words such as mentality, character and resolve to describe the sides. If Liverpool are successful in their aim, then there will be little argument over either of the sides mentioned having those qualities.