As Premier League Matchweek 5 wraps up this weekend, we take a look at the teams with perfect records thus far and analyze what exactly makes these teams tick, and how they got to this point. After 5 matches, Liverpool and Chelsea have perfect 5-0 records and look to maintain them next weekend. Chelsea sits on top of the table due to goal differential.
The Merseyside club have high expectations to fill after last year’s surprise run to the Champions League final. After last years 3rd place finish in the Premier League, fans and pundits alike are expecting a title challenge against record breaking Manchester City. With the team Klopp has at his disposal, it should be no issue.
The attacking trident has shown no sign of slowing down, even if Salah has not been as prolific as of late. Firmino’s lethal finishing and selfless service is the focal point of it all, which allows Sadio Mane and Salah to contribute heavily to their goal tallies. Mane has been free scoring and a major key to Liverpool’s 5-0 record. Sturridge off the bench is also a key asset, chipping in with a goal and acting as fierce competition to the league’s scariest attacking trident. Engine man James Milner has been running the midfield despite his age and continues to win tackles in the midfield and spark attacks while his penalty expertise will prove extremely important as the league goes on.
Liverpool’s defense, anchored down by Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson has strengthened an area long considered to be one of Liverpool’s worst. They now have conceded just 2 goals in 5 games. Perhaps most importantly, Klopp managed to create stability in between the sticks to purchase Allison from Roma in a move that gives fans a reliable force in goal after recent failures with Simon Mignolet, Adam Bogdan and Loris Karius have disappointed fans. Klopps exert transfer business the past few years should see Liverpool build greatly on this perfect record.
Chelsea is an interesting story, on the back of an FA cup winning campaign and the sacking of Antonio Conte in favor of Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea have managed to start the campaign in perfect fashion. Replacing the now Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Kepa in a big money move has paid off with some solid performances in what looks to be a bright future for him at the club. Marcos Alonso has proved to be some of the best business in years after his goalscoring exploits as a LB as established Chelsea’s perfect record and name amongst the league’s elite. Eden Hazard continues to build on his blistering form with a hat trick in his most recent outing against lowly-sitting Cardiff City. David Luiz’s steady presence in the back has proved Antonio Conte wrong to exile him from the team and his relationship with Rudiger continues to grow and will only get better as Chelsea build on their perfect record. Pedro has rediscovered his goalscoring form that saw him earn plaudits from many in the 2016-17 season and shows no signs of stopping. Kovacic is a young player on loan from Real Madrid who has broken into the first team and is looked highly upon by manager Sarri. It is likely that he will play a huge role this season and could potentially sign with Chelsea permanently at the end of the season.
The only worrisome part of Chelsea’s squad is Alvaro Morata’s depleted confidence and Giroud’s ineffectiveness at times. But with a goal to his name against Arsenal, Morata could work his way back up to the game’s elite while Giroud’s hold up play will be crucially important to combine with attacking menaces Willian, Hazard and Pedro. If the attack can combine and become effective on its own, we could see a very exciting and attacking minded Chelsea this season that will look to build on its 5-0 record.
Can these teams stay perfect? Who will lose the streak first? Are these likely title favorites?