Liverpool’s defeat to Arsenal means that they can no longer set a new top flight points record.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have 93 points to their name at the time of writing.
With two games of the season left to go, the most they can finish with is 99 points, one short of Manchester City’s record.
It’s hard to imagine Liverpool’s players shedding too many tears over missing the 100-point mark when the champagne corks start flying at their title celebrations.
Nevertheless though, City will take some solace in the knowledge that their record is safe.
It’s a record they’ve held along with 11 different clubs - Preston, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea.
Here, the Liverpool ECHO chart the progression of the top flights points total record.
1888/89 to 1890/91
Preston North End - 40 points
Preston went unbeaten in the very first Football League season, winning a total of 40 points. They also won the FA Cup, becoming the country’s first double winners and earning them the nickname The Invincibles.
Sunderland - 42 points
The league expanded in 1891 to include two extra clubs. This meant four extra games in which to pick up points. It helped Sunderland beat Preston’s record, winning the league with 42 points. The Black Cats won all of their home games during this campaign and remain the only side ever to do so.
1892/93 to 1898/99
Sunderland - 48 points
Sunderland were unbeaten at home once again, but two draws meant they didn’t have a 100% record. They became the first club ever to score 100 goals in a season.
1899/00 to 1904/05
Aston Villa - 50 points
Aston Villa’s fifth league title may have been won by a record number of points, but with the season expanded to 34 games by this time it was actually a lower points per game average (1.5) than any of the previous three records - 1.6 for both of Sunderland’s titles and 1.8 for Preston’s.
1906/06 to 1906/07
Liverpool - 51 points
The First Division was expanded to 20 clubs for the first time this season which meant each side played 38 games. That’s four more than the previous season and 16 more than the first. Newcastle United matched Liverpool’s points total the following year, before Manchester United surpassed them both the season after.
Manchester United - 52 points
The first of Manchester United’s 20 league titles was won in only their second season back in the top flight after 12 years in the Second Division.
They won the title again in 1910/11 with the exact same number of points.
1908/09 to 1911/12
Newcastle United - 53 points
Newcastle’s third title in just five seasons saw them finish seven points ahead of second placed Everton, and nine ahead of local rivals Sunderland. The Magpies’ tally of 53 points was matched the following season by league winners Aston Villa.
1912/13 to 1914/15
Sunderland - 54 points
Sunderland and Aston Villa were both chasing the double in 1912/13. The Black Cats managed to win the league four points ahead of second placed Villa. However, it was the Villains who went on to win the Cup, beating Sunderland one-nil in the final.
1919/20 to 1929/30
West Bromwich Albion - 60 points
The First Division was expanded to 22 teams when football returned after WWI in 1919/20, adopting a format that would remain in place until the 1987/88 campaign. It meant clubs played an additional four games compared to previous seasons. West Brom won the title with 60 points at the same points per game ratio, 1.4, as Sunderland had averaged to set the previous record. West Brom equalled their own record in 1922/23, and Sheffield Wednesday also matched it in 1929/30.
1930/31 to 1959/60
Arsenal - 66 points
This was not only Arsenal’s first title, but the South’s first title as well. The Gunners scored an incredible 127 goals on their way to the title. That would have been a record at the time had it not been for second placed Aston Villa scoring 128 in the same season. It does, however, remain a record number of goals scored by a title winner to this day. Tottenham equalled Arsenal’s record in 1960/61. The 31 seasons that this record stood for is the longest of any of them.
1968/69 to 1977/78
Leeds United - 67 points
Leeds United lost just two games as they romped home to their first ever league title under the stewardship of the late, great Don Revie. United were unbeaten at home and conceded a total of just 26 goals all season, giving them the tightest defence of any title winner since Preston in 1889 (15 goals) who played 20 games fewer.
1978/79 to 1980/81
Liverpool - 68 points
Bob Paisley guided Liverpool to their third league title in four years. His side were unbeaten at home, conceded just four goals at Anfield and another 12 away. No league title winner would concede fewer over the course of a season until Chelsea in 2005.
1981/82 to 1983/84
Liverpool - 87 points
The 1921/82 campaign was the first where teams were awarded three pints for a win as opposed to just two. It saw Liverpool smash their own record by nearly 20 points. Their record of 26 wins and nine draws would only have left them with 61 points under the old system which would have been less than Arsenal won the league with back in 1931.
1984/85 to 1992/93
Everton - 90 points
Howard Kendall’s Everton very nearly completed a domestic and European treble in 1985, but fell just short. The Toffees finished 13 points ahead of runners-up Liverpool in the league. They also won the Cup Winners Cup but lost the FA Cup final three days later to Manchester United in extra time.
1993/94 to 2003/04
Manchester United - 92 points
Manchester United recorded their highest ever points total in the 93/94 season. They won other titles more convincingly and by larger points margins, but they never finished with more than the 92 they won in this campaign. That’s because this was the penultimate season in which 42 games were played in the top flight. United average 2.2 points per game in this season compared to 2.4 per game when they won the title in 1999/00 when they finished with 91 points.
2004/05 to 2016/17
Chelsea - 95 points
Chelsea conceded just 15 goals in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge of Chelsea. It’s the joint lowest number of goals conceded along with Preston in 1888/89. However, Preston played just 22 games that season compared to Chelsea’s 38. The west London club averaged 2.5 points per game, which was the most of any title winners at that time.
2017/18 to present
Manchester City - 100 points
After finishing a disappointing third the previous season - Pep Guardiola’s first in the Premier League - Manchester City turned on the style in 2017/18. Scoring over 100 goals and losing just two matches, they smashed the previous points record by five. Their 32 wins was also a new record, surpassing the 31 wins Tottenham notched up in 1960/61. City won more points over 38 games than previous champions would have managed over 42 had three points been awarded for a win - 97 for Tottenham in 60/61 and 98 for Liverpool in 78/79.
From - To // Points // Club
1888/89 - 1890/91 // 40 // Preston North End
1891/92 // 42 // Sunderland
1892/93 - 1898/99 // 48 // Sunderland
1899/00 - 1904/05 // 50 // Aston Villa
1905/06 - 1906/07 // 51 // Liverpool
1906/07 // 51 // Newcastle United
1907/08 // 52 // Manchester United
1908/09 -1911/12 // 53 // Newcastle United
1912/13 - 1914/15 // 54 // Sunderland
1919/20 - 1929/30 // 60 // West Bromwich Albion
1922/23 - 1929/30 // 60 // West Bromwich Albion
1929/30 // 60 // Sheffield Wednesday
1930/31 - 1959/60 // 66 // Arsenal
1960/61 - 1967/68 // 66 // Tottenham
1968/69 - 1977/78 // 67 // Leeds United
1978/79 - 1980/81 // 68 // Liverpool
1981/82 - 1983/84 // 87 // Liverpool
1984/85 - 1992/93 // 90 // Everton
1987/88 - 1992/93 // 90 // Liverpool
1993/94 - 2003/04 // 92 // Manchester United
2004/05 - 2016/17 // 95 // Chelsea
2017/18 - present // 100 // Manchester City