Only one team can stop Liverpool matching Arsenal’s Invincibles

Liverpool are surging towards their first league title since 1990 with the unstoppable energy of a car full of scallies racing a stolen Range Rover through the backstreets of Toxteth to pick up a load of smack.

The way they’re going no-one would be surprised to see them finish the season unbeaten, thereby matching the astonishing achievement of our 2004 Invincibles – a feat which at the time was described as “once in a lifetime.”

But Liverpool haven’t done it yet, and there is one chance to stop them.

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On April 5th they play away at Manchester City, who have the best coach in European football and the firepower of strikers like Aguero and Sterling. But that won’t be the game where they suffer defeat.

On March 14th they’re away at Everton in the Merseyside derby. The red-blue rivalry runs deep in Liverpool, but that won’t be it either. Despite the best efforts of Walcott and Iwobi Everton just won’t be good enough.

Nor will it happen on May 9th, when they entertain Chelsea. Young fat Frank may turn the Blues into champion contenders in the future, but this is a season of rebuilding for them.

So when will it happen?

The date to keep in your diary is May 2nd 2020, for that is when Liverpool head to the Emirates stadium to take on the Arsenal.

You think I’m kidding? You think we have no chance of beating Liverpool? I beg to differ and I have my reasons:

  • We can all see the steady improvement in play and confidence that is happening under Mikel Arteta. It’s encouraging us now – how will it look in over three months’ time?
  • Everyone at Arsenal is rightly proud of our amazing Invincibles and we all want to keep their achievement unsullied by being equalled by another team, so there will be strong desire throughout the club to inflict defeat on ‘Pool.
  • By the time they visit, Liverpool may already be champions or so far ahead that becoming champions is all but guaranteed. No matter how you square it, players have a different mentality when they know the job is done (that job being winning a title). Yes, they would love to go unbeaten, but that pales beside the glory of becoming champions for the first time in 30 years and, psychologically, they are bound to slacken off a little.
  • Don’t ignore the Arteta factor. There are two teams who have the biggest incentive to stop Liverpool becoming Invincibles. Arsenal, for obvious reasons, and Everton, as their fierce local rivals. Mikel Arteta embodies both those clubs. He will want an Arsenal win more than anyone.
  • While Liverpool are streets ahead as the best team in the EPL this year, we all know that our squad is good enough, when fit and functioning properly, to pull out a win against anyone.
  • The battling 10-man draw at Chelsea – coming from behind twice – showed that a resilient core is beginning to form in the team.

Naturally the bookies will give long odds on us beating Liverpool when they visit, but some things are just written in the stars and this may well be one of them.

Of course there’s a whole other hypothetical to consider: how would Liverpool of 2020 fare against Arsenal of 2004? Don’t get me started…

RockyLives

 

61 Responses to Only one team can stop Liverpool matching Arsenal’s Invincibles

  1. Uwot? says:

    I’d back our crop of 2004 any day of the week against the current mickey mousers.we had 5/ 6 world class players in that squad.when “ world class” actually meant it.

  2. Sue says:

    Omg I’ve just had to listen to a car jacker fan, for what seemed like an eternity, going on and on and on.. zzzzzzz….about how wonderful Liverpool are… when I’d finally woken up, all I could say was it’s about bloody time, it’s been 30 years!!! And back then, in 2004, we didn’t have the officials and var on our side, helping us along the way!
    Oh, Rocky, we’d better do them at.the Emirates, to end my suffering! We won’t have to give them a guard of honour, will we?!!
    Please Chelsea, Everton, West Ham… anyone….please!!!

  3. RA says:

    Morning, my beloved Rocky,

    It goes without saying that your brilliant Posts are not just the best on AA, but I vouchsafe that they are indisputably the best in blogdom!! 😁

    This morning’s article is not only up to your usual technical excellence, it also offers compelling hope for we Gooners, that the smart assed, all-conquering Liverpuddle team can, and will, be beaten, before the end of the season, by team Gunners under our Sir Galahad Mikel, out of San Sebastian, Spain.

    Deluded? Of course not! It is a classic prediction by our very own soothsayer-in-chief. 😳

  4. Mikel A says:

    Good post, Rocky. You forgot one reason though: 2 May would be your namesake’s 53rd birthday. That’s an Arsenal day and that is why we will be victorious!!

  5. Munguryek Fred says:

    Thanks alot,coz that’s what was in my mind that arsenal will stop the unstoppable,wait n see on that day. With Arteta it’s possible.Here arsenal we goo..

  6. RockyLives says:

    Great point Mikel – I hadn’t put two and two together. Rocky Day would be a wonderful day to protect our Invincibles’ record.

    Redders
    Let’s hope he’s Sir Galahad and not Don Quixote.

  7. billious says:

    Deluded Gooners crawl back into your cesspit.

  8. Ian says:

    Hahaha dream on your miles away from us we would have to play the kids or have a good few missing. To lose to a team like yours.

  9. Ian says:

    Hahahahaha don’t give up
    Your day job.

  10. banterclubafc says:

    Arsenal would have to be at the very best and not put a foot wrong the whole game to even stand the chance of a draw!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  11. Divash Kurnauth says:

    😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

  12. Really provocative article Rocky which has brought the ‘pool trolls out of their holes.
    As much as I’d like to see the current state of the art unbeatable record stand I think that not only will they equal our record they’ll do it in style and crash right through that 100 point barrier and set a new points record, they’re that good.
    Having said that I’ll be ecstatic to be proved wrong on May 2nd, by which time some of our long term injured should be back & up to speed.

  13. Andrew Massey says:

    One thing I will say, Thierry Henry was world class and definitely far too good for a lowly club like Arsenal….Should’ve played for a bigger club sooner than he actually did…Arsenal will NOT beat Liverpool I can guarantee that. Man City may well beat us but your shower of shit certainly won’t. You lot haven’t won the league since 2004, that is going on 16 years already!!!! 30 years will soon come around..

  14. Sue says:

    “Pool trolls out of their holes”…… nice one, SR 👍

  15. Rasp says:

    Top post rocky. I’ve been saying this for quite a while.

    History dictates it will be down to us to preserve our rightful place in football history. I’d love to hear the pre-match speeches from both respective managers – Mikel will no doubt take our boys on a virtual tour of Arsenal’s history. If we are up for one game it will be this one.

    I seriously believe we will beat them. Form and league position goes out of the window on a fixture like this … we will be Invincible again!

  16. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Rocky, I would like to think this would be the case, that we could be the ones to end the unbeaten run, and you put forward some good arguments for this.

    They will have won the league by then so that may be a factor in our favour which will be more in our favour if they are in the semis of the ECL with the first legs played on the 28th/29th April and second legs on the 5th/6th May.

    However there is a flip side to that European consideration, in whether we are in the Europa league semi finals. We need to throw everything at winning that as our most realistic route into the champions league next season.

    Also despite our overall poor season we will still remain one of the favourites in this competition and even more so if the improvements under Arteta continue, we strengthen in this TW and we get some key players back and fit again. We should be in with a good shout in the EL

    The first leg of the Europa semi final is on 30/4 meaning that, at 2 days before the Liverpool game, it is even more unfavourable to us than the ECL semi final would be to Liverpool. How would we prioritise this?

    We would have to be pragmatic and say that the EL is our priority, (unless we have surged up the PL table and are battling for 4th spot), and that the unbeaten record takes 2nd place in priority. If Liverpool do it, then they do it. We will just have to wear it.

    If both Liverpool and Arsenal were to field 2nd string sides my gut tells me that their 2nd string is currently stronger, as they showed against Everton recently.

    With that in mind Rocky, I am afraid that I am back to hoping someone else does us a favour, and I can’t really look beyond Man City on the 5th April at the Etihad as being our only hope. They may want to prove a point even though they have been bettered by Liverpool in the league this year.

    However even Man City’s priorities with that game could be in question. Man City cannot now win the league and I am certain that Man City’s focus will be on throwing everything at the champions league. If they are in the quarter finals of this the first leg is on the 7th/8th April, 2 or 3 days after the Liverpool fixture.

    In summary ( 🙂 ) maybe we are screwed and it is written in the stars for Liverpool. I think I just smashed my half empty glass 🙂

    By the way, I would love to know which team Bovineous (@11.30) supports

  17. LBG says:

    Well Rocky you did it…..Shrek’s mates are alive and worried.
    But I would bet the Scousers will lose OUR record before the 49th. Not against a possible, against a no chance. The God of footie has a cruel sense of humour, and what’s certain is the trolls will slink back into their swamps.

  18. RockyLives says:

    Nice to see the Scousers living down to their reputation for intelligent debate and good humoured banter…

    I was hoping one or two might come on here to have a reasonable discussion about the Post.

    I made clear in the Post that this year’s Liverpool team is outstanding and that hardly anyone would fancy us to beat them on May 2nd, but for various reasons I thought it might happen.

    After all, nobody expected us to go to Fortress Anfield and win by two clear goals on May 26th 1989.

  19. J W Henry says:

    What the &!@€ are you smoking down there in 10th place. Dream on.

  20. Apabdi Dan says:

    Just to please yourself after bad season for Arsenal. LOL. 😂😂😂

  21. Rasp says:

    Not the sort of lyrical responses you’d expect from the home of Roger McGough 🙂

  22. PGC says:

    Still smoking the same stuff at the Emirates I see.

  23. RockyLives says:

    Rasp 😀

    Or the Beatles

  24. RockyLives says:

    I doubt if any of our Scouse visitors have the faintest idea who Roger McGough is.

  25. allezkev says:

    Nice post Rocky, interesting to hear the responses of a few ‘plastics’ masquerading as Scousers, but you have a good point. Keeping up the intensity that Liverpool play at is going to be increasingly difficult as it looks likely that the media darlings will sew up the title well before the seasons end. Every game will gradually become more and more difficult, then they’ll hopefully have a few major CL games to negotiate and hell, they might even pick up the odd injury like every other team, even they’re luck must run out eventually!
    So there’s a long and winding road left for them travel down before they can hope to emulate the true Invincible’s.

  26. LB says:

    Hahahaha

    The net really is full today, can’t believe that so many fell into the trap. All good fun.

  27. RockyLives says:

    Remember when we won the title in 1998 (with a fantastic 4-0 win over Everton at Highbury)?

    We had two games left to play after securing the league title.

    We went to Liverpool and lost 0-4. Yes, 0-4.

    Then we went to Villa and lost 0-1.

    No-one cared. We were Champions and those games were dead rubbers.

    Will the 2020 Scousers be in the same mindset?

  28. Jonathan Hansom says:

    Add deluded to your list of inadequacies this season….You are not even a mild threat in your present state. Wake up, give the bitterness back to Everton and watch us trounce your 2004 records. Tara Laaaa

  29. C F S 118 says:

    The Scouse train will keep steam rolling till the end of the season. None of the players will want to relax till after the last game even if we have mathematically won the league by say April.

    I think the players want to go unbeaten as well and are thinking this in their minds but superstitiously don’t want to say it.

    We are mentality monsters. We will have tough hurdles still to jump over so one game at a time.

    In my honest opinion, I don’t think we can go unbeaten and I personally would not be too saddened if you gooners end up the only team to beat us. We’ll let you keep that bit of history.

    But wouldn’t you guys just love to see us do it though?

    This LFC team now, man they are on a different planet!

    Come on you red men. YNWA!!!

  30. RockyLives says:

    C F S
    Thank you for a sensible response.

    Yes, this Liverpool team is something special and you will be deserved champions. I enjoy watching you play and I’m sure many fans of other teams do as well.

    You are so dominant right now that it’s hard to see anyone stopping you from going unbeaten, but football is a great game for springing surprises and upsets.

    I’m sure you’re loving every minute of this season.

  31. Fred says:

    Really interesting to see that xenophobia is alive in well in London. Jealousy suits those those who live in the past and have an ultimately sad target to win one match where they used to want to win them all. Times change and so do people, I wish you and your rich club history the best.

  32. GoonerB says:

    Sue, I have recognised on many occasions your coolness towards Liverpool fans. I never quite bought into it fully and always thought that maybe they were more genuine fans than that and that they actually fully deserve any success that they are about to reap.

    Maybe I have it all wrong though, and I just don’t encounter them as much as you Sue on a day to day basis. The fact that you do and have that feeling maybe tells me something which I hope you can elaborate on.

    Also that very strong statement by Fergie all those years back about knocking them off their perch seemed to have real depth of feeling about it, which would tend to indicate that the Liverpool fans have a habit of not being that humble and rubbing people up the wrong way.

    The more I go back and think about it now, when I have had the opportunity to talk footy matters with Liverpool fans they do have a different attitude towards this compared to other fans.

    I would actually say that most other fans I talk with about our respective clubs will have a genuine and frank conversation with you. Even the Spurs fans I have to say are quite open and honest when you talk to them one on one. The conversations are genuine with honest talk about both clubs strengths and weaknesses.

    It has occurred to me now, on retrospective reflection, that the conversations I have had with Liverpool fans in the past don’t seem to be quite so honest and humble as with fans from other clubs, and you get the feeling that they are more lording it with you.

    It feels as if their club is placed on a pedestal and that they have very little to say that is decent about any other clubs because they are insignificant to the mighty one. There is a background feeling of an attitude of superiority, that this club is singularly the most special club in the world.

    Please tell me I am wrong with this Sue, before I switch my stance from one of finding that club quite decent and congratulating them on any success, to one of them perhaps becoming my pet hate club.

  33. jjgsol says:

    I assume the Liverpool blogs are not very interesting, so the Liverpool supporters have to compensate by coming to an Arsenal blog.

    I have long felt that in a discussion, it is always the party who has no arguments who starts insulting the other parties.

    Yes, they are playing well. Yes, they seem to have PGML and the media on their side.

    Let them have a few serious injuries and then let us see how they get on.

  34. #NICKLAUS says:

    seriously? i don’t think arsenal can stop my dear team #liverpool

  35. RockyLives says:

    Nicklaus

    Obviously ‘Pool are in amazing form. Do you see any potential stumbles between now and the end of the season?

  36. Sue says:

    Hi GB.. Well, where do I start?! Unfortunately, I know a lot of them.. couple at work (no patients atm though 👍)…. many at darts… even more at the local….bloody everywhere!
    And what a big headed, arrogant bunch they are. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of banter, but if you dish it out, you have to take it!
    As you can imagine I’ve had a lot thrown my way over the years.. especially over the annual thrashing at Anfield, how many times have we won the CL… I could go on and on, but you get the idea.. one even spat (yes, spat.. disgusting) at my feet, when I said I was a gooner 😡
    So… when Stevie G slipped, oh how I laughed… it was bloody brilliant, and you know what… silence!! Apart from the couple at work, never saw any others, they all went awol.. loved it!
    I’m not saying they’re all like this, but the bloody lot I have to encounter are. Never think they’ll concede, will win 5, maybe 6-0 every week… I’m sick of how the media, FA, refs all drool over them, you’d think no one had ever scored a goal or won a game before… everywhere you look, they’re there, whether it’s Klopp, Salah, Teeth, Van Dijk… omg it makes me feel nauseous!!
    So, for me, I never want them to win owt. City all the way for me (after us, of course!). I was devastated last season, will be even more so come May… and will have to go and find a quiet place to cry a river! There won’t be any congratulations from me, that’s for sure.

  37. RockyLives says:

    Sue, it’s funny how we have our different bugbears.

    It’s been so long since we had proper rivalry with Liverpool that I can’t find it in me to get particularly wound up by them or their fans. Probably helps that I don’t encounter too many of their fans.

    But ManUre, Chavs and Spuds… ugh.

    I think Chavs fans are the worst, even worse than the deluded idiots from N17.

  38. LBG says:

    GB
    Your analysis is interesting to me. I too have large numbers of Liverpool fans in the massive Irish family I married into and I believe perhaps some of the explanation is there …in the land.
    Firstly, I am much luckier than Sue as my “relatives” are much more considerate of their gloating than those down her pub. For thirty years however they have struggled to understand however, why their King Team have not carried on winning ALL major football competitions as their fathers and grandfathers said was their right!
    What has made it worse was the Ferguson/Manure era of (almost) domination. “Those Mancs are frauds, dont live in their ” scabby” city and tell us dead dogs are a treat. They went around, living in the Wirral, smiling smugly, and all we could do was brag about our European Cup wins. And they never stop about that (oh so lucky) treble”.
    Scousers for me are also cocky, loud and think they are everyone’s idea of salt of the earth, because of their predominant origin. So many came over in the 19th Century, away from their evil English landlords, to look for a better life. Sport has always been a vital part of Irish life. An opportunity to show your superiority in physical prowess even if you have no money or land. Scousers perpetuate this belief and they spit on us soft southerners ( unless its Patrick Vieira, and hes not even English). And that’s my explanation. All Clubs have scum who are racist, violent and believe the rest of us no nuffin about football, but I still find real Liverpool supporters can put aside the red tinted glasses, and debate sensibly.
    And after all if we had had the season they are having, I think we might be pretty happy!

  39. Sue says:

    Harry and Meghan have contacted spurs to find out what it’s like living without a title! 😂😂😂 👍

  40. LBG says:

    Sue
    But Harry’s consolation is a beautiful wife and no Uncle Moaninho to bore you at family gatherings.

  41. LBG says:

    Corrections
    One two many “however”s and, I’m ashamed to say “know nuffin”.

  42. I don’t know if I’ve misunderstood, but has Fred signed off from this blog. His comment at 1.35pm would suggest so.

  43. LBG says:

    A different fred, I suspect.

  44. Hope so, he comes across as a really decent bloke & unlike some of you I didn’t meet with him

  45. RockyLives says:

    SR
    I don’t think that was our Fred.

    Fred – can you put our mind at rest?

  46. GoonerB says:

    Well thanks Sue, you’ve sold me. They’ve gone up to near the top of my list now. The fact is that we initially knocked them off their perch in 1989 at Anfield, and that death blow has lasted till this very present season as far as the league is concerned.

    They flirted at times with popping back onto their perch since 89 but that was mainly to do with Istanbul in 2005. Fergie and his Red Devils kept a lid on them and it was us that went toe to toe with Utd,

    You would think that being in the shadows for so long would make them more appreciative of how being at the top can be a temporary thing, and to appreciate it in a more humble way when they are in that moment and others are not.

    I think LBG may be right that Liverpool fans seem to have a sense of entitlement that they are the one and only in the English game. It is almost like they are rewriting the last 30 years of their history, and their current success and form seems to be viewed by them as if it has always been there throughout the last 30 years and never went away, and more importantly, is here to stay forever because they are the chosen ones, they are special.

    The stars have certainly aligned for them and fair play to what they are doing. They got the right manager, sold high on certain players, brought the right ones in and had some quality players coming through and maturing at the same time.

    All great teams need redeveloping eventually. Will Klopp be there forever, or will he fancy another challenge when he feels he has done what he came to do? Will they be able to sell players again at the price of Suarez, Coutinho and Sterling and reinvest that in the right ones again? Will they have another batch of academy players of the standard of say Trent Alexander Arnold or will the next ones fall short of being top level?

    All interesting questions to be considered if they are to remain forever the greatest, the most beautiful, the most special club in the whole wide world, with the most wonderful, salt of the earth supporters of a sporting institution that has ever existed.

    I am literally overcome by their eternal magnificence that will surely never wain.

    Actually as I said yesterday most of the Liverpool fans I spoke with in Klopp’s first season would have had him replaced 3/4 way through that season as they mastered a lowly 60 points in his first full season and he was obviously not worthy of their greatness, but there is no hypocrisy in shouting him from the rafters now, just as I am not currently expressing any sarcasm.

    Are we still waiting for a reasoned more humble Liverpool fan to come on and tell us that most of the fans aren’t like that and it is just the few, or is that like jumping into the Zambezi and hoping to encounter Vegan crocodiles?

  47. RA says:

    Hi GB,

    I love — “is that like jumping into the Zambezi and hoping to encounter Vegan crocodiles?” 😀

    Of course it is!!

  48. RA says:

    Sue,

    It was horrible to read how badly some people have treated you. I’m not the best person to give advice to anyone, but depending on who these peop0le are – strangers or colleagues it pays to remember none of them control your feelings – so don’t let them.

    If it is at work politely ask them if they know ow hurtful they are being, and ask them to stop, as abuse even dressed up as a joke is not acceptable.

    If they don’t stop, walk away and keep your distance but never respond by lashing out at them, or letting them see how much it upsets you. If you remain polite, and do not act like them they will eventually stop if you do not let them succeed in winding you up — in public at least.

    Keep your chin up, and don’t let inadequate people get to you.

    You have always got the AA crowd here for you!! 😁

  49. RockyLives says:

    Don’t know if any of you have heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo – aka ‘the Greek Freak’?

    Well, he’s the biggest new superstar in US basketball – the next LeBron James. African ancestry, born and raised in Greece, now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks who are currently leading the NBA.

    He just gave an interview where he said he’s an Arsenal fan and his favourite player is Thierry Henry.

    As someone who follows the NBA I’m dead chuffed about it (even though I know not many Brits follow basketball).

  50. Sue says:

    Hello, RA.. thank you for your kind words 😊
    They should think twice before spouting off, especially when I have a dart in my hand 😉😂 (only kidding!)
    Wise words, RA…they work wonders 👍

  51. One of my favourite games …

  52. I still have all the newspapers from the next day, wonderful night ❤️❤️❤️

  53. Sue says:

    GB.. spot on comment @5.37… you do speak a lot of sense… and like RA, I too loved your crocodile one liner 😂👍
    I also found LBG’s comment very interesting…so does that mean with all those ‘relatives’ you have to venture up there quite often? That is one place I will never visit.. and if I hear that bloody you’ll never walk alone again, I think I’ll go crazy 🤪

  54. Sue says:

    The Mancs must be really disappointed at missing out on Erling Haaland (how my heart bleeds 😂). He scored 2 more goals for Dortmund tonight, after coming on in the 65th minute! So, in 59 minutes, he’s scored 5 goals! Wow! 🔥

  55. Aaron says:

    Pablo Mari a new Arsenal cb?

    Watched him against pool, he was solid!

    Another BFG in speed and ability to read the game?

  56. LBG says:

    Sue
    We venture very rarely since as you might expect, very few are still based in Scousepool, and instead are spread around more “desirable” parts of Britain and Ireland.
    Would say however, give or take a few unintelligible accents, we quite like a much altered City.

  57. Sue says:

    Ah yes, LBG, the delightful scouse accent! How painful is it listening to Mcmanaman, Carragher, Gerrard, Rooney 🙉

  58. RockyLives says:

    The Pablo Mari stories are gathering steam.

    He looks a decent player and was at Man City for a while so Arteta should know his strengths and weaknesses.

  59. RockyLives says:

    New Post…

  60. fred1266 says:

    Haha sue good one

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