Inside the Index: February 25

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12 and 11. Those are they only two numbers that matter to Liverpool now following their 3-2 win over West Ham United.

Jurgen Klopp’s side now only need 12 more points to claim a first league title in 30 years, while they’re only 11 league games away from going the season unbeaten.

In terms of last night, the win was their 21st at Anfield in a row, which is a Premier League record, while equalling the top-flight record set by Bill Shankly’s Liverpool side of the 1970s.

It was also their 18th consecutive league win – equalling the record set by Manchester City in 2017.

It’s been inevitable for some time that Liverpool will win the league. The question now is how many more records will they break en route to their coronation?

Monday 24 February Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Trent Alexander-Arnold (2p)
  • Top Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Fabinho (2p)
  • Top Forward: Sadio Mane (2p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Trent Alexander-Arnold On Hand to Assist

The creative hub for this Liverpool team, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.03) was at it again with two assists for the Reds in their 3-2 win over West Ham.

His first was a sublime cross that found the head of Georginio Wijnaldum (£1.40), while the second was for what proved to be the game’s decisive goal, as he picked out Sadio Mane (£3.12) to finish into an unguarded net.

Up 13p in the last 24 hours, those were his 11th and 12th league assists of the season, equalling his tally for last season – which was a league record for a defender – with him still having 11 games to play.

The 21-year-old, who became the third-youngest player to reach 25 Premier League assists after Cesc Fabregas (£0.34) and Wayne Rooney (£0.76), also took home Star Player and Top Defender Dividends on what proved to be a memorable personal night for Liverpool’s academy graduate.

Stars on Show for Tonight’s Champions League Games

There will be stars everywhere you look during tonight’s Champions League fixtures. Chelsea host Bayern Munich while Barcelona face Napoli, meaning two of the best attackers in the game in Robert Lewandowski (£2.41) and Lionel Messi (£5.17) will be on show.

The pair have had mixed fortunes in this season’s competition so far. Lewandowksi has already scored 10 goals in the group stages for Die Roten, but will be hoping to fair better in the knockout stages considering he’s failed to find the net in his last 597 minutes in the knockout stages of the tournament.

In terms of Messi, his total of two goals in five games in this season’s Champions League group phase was his lowest for 10 years (since two goals in 2009-10).

The Argentine did however score just the four goals at the weekend, so it’s safe to say he’s entering tonight’s game in form.

Chelsea’s Midfield Man Returns to Fold

There was a welcome name on the substitutes bench for Chelsea on Saturday in the shape of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£2.89).

The midfielder, who has been out of action since the end of last season following an Achilles injury, was an unused sub in the win over Tottenham as he’s not yet fit enough to start a game.

He is however set to be in the squad for Chelsea’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Bayern Munich, with the 24-year-old’s Share Price rising by 10p in the last 24 hours ahead of a return to full fitness in the near future at the heart of Frank Lampard’s midfield.

*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing


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