Speaking on his podcast, Gilberto Silva has said that Liverpool are suffering from the same problem as Arsenal’s invincibles.
The Gunners’ team in 2003/04 will go down in history as they went a whole season without losing a game in the Premier League, but they were unable to replicate their success in the following season.
Indeed, Chelsea pipped them to the post in the next campaign, and Silva believes Arsenal struggled because every other team wanted to end their unbeaten run.
“Well listen, having them playing fantastic in the last season made them a target to everyone,” Silva said about Liverpool.
“It’s like our case back in 2003/04 we went unbeaten and we became a target for the other clubs and next season we could not repeat what we had done.
“The same is happening to Liverpool at the moment, they cannot repeat, not because they do not want to or because they’re out of form, the players are not playing their best game, but because the other team’s improved and the teams found a way how to get the best out of themselves when they play Liverpool.”
This is certainly an intriguing take.
Liverpool did have that aura of invincibility about them heading into this season, especially at Anfield, so it would make sense for teams to try that bit harder to knock them off their perch.
Of course teams are going to want to beat Liverpool, they’re the best team in the country and the adrenaline rush an opposition player must get when they line up against superstars like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is probably incomparable.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, this has led to a few upsets this season, and they don’t look likely to retain their Premier League title.