Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Reds cannot focus on breaking records after the Premier League champions sealed it 17 victories from 17 home games this season by loading Aston Villa 2-0.
Liverpool concluded Aston Villa defeat which brought them to 89 points after second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones, as they scout for 12 points from the last five games to break Manchester City’s record of 100 points in a season.
“We’ve always focused on the game and that won’t change. We didn’t come here and have the numbers we have because we thought about breaking records.
“Hopefully in the future, when the record ends or the season ends, I can start thinking about it. If we can do something special it is great but we really don’t think too much about it,” Klopp said.
Talking about breaking the record for most points in a season, Liverpool can also strike to break Sunderland’s 128-year-old record of winning every home league game in a season.
They have won 17 out of 17 in 2019-20 and 24 in a row in total – a run stretching back to a 1-1 draw with Leicester in January 2019.
Liverpool has just played it first match at Anfield since becoming Premier League champions and the win shows that they bounced back after being beaten 4-0 by Manchester City on Thursday.
However, they were far from their best with the opening goal coming from just their second shot on target, Mane lashing Naby Keita’s cross in via the underside of the crossbar.
Until then Villa had looked like earning a precious and unexpected point and had even had chances to go ahead themselves, with Alisson parrying away Anwar el Ghazi’s fierce shot early in the second half.
Sadio Mane’s strike no doubt deflated the visitors and they fell further behind just before full-time when Jones celebrated signing a new long-term deal by volleying home his first Premier League goal.
Klopp added: “Aston Villa were fighting with all they had and it makes life uncomfortable.
“I like it, it was not a brilliant performance but it was a good performance that gets us three points.”