Liverpool Being Top At Christmas Might Not Be That Good For Them

On Friday night Liverpool beat Wolves to guarantee that they would head into Christmas top of the Premier League. Only twice in the last 10 years have teams failed to win the title from that position, but it's not all good news.

Manchester City have generally been excellent this season, some have argued that they've been even better than last season at times, which is quite the compliment for Liverpool right now.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been relentless this season. First in chasing City and making sure they didn't get too far ahead of them in the title race and now in overtaking Pep Guardiola's side.

On Friday night the Reds had a tricky tie away against Wolves, knowing that failure to win could drop them below City heading into Christmas, thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah though they made sure they'll be top when Santa visits on Tuesday.

If Liverpool fans are looking for good omens then they'll be happy to know that in the last 10 years only two sides have failed to win the title when top on December 25th.

Before Reds start getting excited though those two occasions were both Liverpool, in 2009 and 2014:

Liverpool's record could be a bad omen. Image: Premier League
Liverpool's record could be a bad omen. Image: Premier League

In the 2008/09 season Liverpool only lost twice all season, which was two less than eventual champions Manchester United, but they drew too many games.

A 4-1 win at Old Trafford late in the season really put the pressure on the Red Devils but Federico Macheda's famous goal just two weeks later, with a loss against Fulham in between, turned the season back in United's favour.

Liverpool ended up finishing just four points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side, with a better goal difference and having lost less matches.

Gerrard after the infamous slip. Image: PA Images
Gerrard after the infamous slip. Image: PA Images

2014 though was even more famous for Liverpool throwing away their lead in the title though.

The Reds lead the Premier League throughout most of the season and a win against Manchester City in April put them in charge of the title race.

Just two weeks later though they lost 2-0 to Chelsea, thanks in part to Steven Gerrard's infamous slip, and a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace from 3-0 up completely changing things around.

Right now things look really good for Liverpool, but they won't be celebrating just yet. Can Klopp break the curse?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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