In November, Liverpool celebrated breaking the club’s all-time unbeaten record in the league at Anfield.
The Reds comfortably beat top-flight Leicester 3-0 to make them 64 home games in the Premier League unbeaten, surpassing a record that had lasted almost 40 years.
However, move forward just over two months and Jurgen Klopp’s side are now in the middle of their worst home scoring streak since 1984.
It’s an Orwellian nightmare… sort of.
After watching their unbeaten home run end in a 1-0 defeat to Burnley a fortnight ago, Liverpool lost to Brighton by the same score on Wednesday night.
The Reds’ first Premier League home game of 2021 had been a stalemate against Manchester United, meaning they have now gone 384 minutes without a scoring at Anfield and failed to find the net in three straight games home Championship for the first time since October 1984 (via Opta).
Liverpool would finish in second place in the top flight and the European Cup in the 1984/85 season.
Successive defeats to Brighton and Burnley mean the Reds have lost back-to-back Premier League games at home for the first time since May 2012, when Kenny Dalglish’s side also suffered successive 1-0 defeats – this time to Les mighty West Brom and Fulham.
Jordan Henderson was the only player to feature in Liverpool’s losses to Brighton in 2021 and Fulham in 2012.
Nine years ago he was joined in the Reds midfielder by Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey, as Liverpool fielded a marginal XI ahead of the FA Cup final four days later.
The loss to Brighton was Liverpool’s fourth league loss of the season – a stark contrast to their near-perfect campaigns of the previous two years.
Klopp’s side have now lost as many 22 games in the 2020/21 season as they have in the entirety of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns combined.