Manchester United travels to Liverpool on Monday morning with a hat-trick of giants in sight.
With undefeated Invincibles Arsenal and Chelsea races by José Mourinho finished by the Red Devils in past years, the third longest streak in the history of the Premier League could be next.
Liverpool has a 38-game season that dates back to a victory in Brighton almost 12 months ago.
And now the threat of the Kingdom’s curse persists over the compelling favorite titles of Anfield and Jurgen Klopp.
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In fact, on his October trip to Old Trafford, the race was threatened because Adam Lallana had to rescue a 1-1 draw just five minutes from the end.
That game ended with the winning streak of 17 Reds games, just one game below the Manchester City Prem record.
But the first place in the undefeated standings is now at hand.
Chelsea chained 40 games without a loss in 2004 and 2005 when Mourinho led them to consecutive titles.
The top of the tree is Arsenal, with its Invincibles season of 2003/04 forming a large part of its 49-game period until October of that year, when the Chelsea race began.
What do these two races have in common? United finished them.
The infamous Battle of the Buffet was developed in favor of the Red Devils when Ruud van Nistelrooy set aside his demons of punishment against the Gunners with a 73-minute starter before Wayne Rooney sealed the victory at the time of detention.
Mike Riley’s decision to kick United was criticized by many and a fight broke out in the Old Trafford tunnel: Cesc Fabregas throwing a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is fair to say that the victory to end Chelsea’s streak in November 2005 was less controversial.
The Blues were 40 undefeated games when they headed to Manchester, where Darren Fletcher’s header secured a 1-0 victory.
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Liverpool will be clearly favorite when welcoming its rivals to Merseyside on Sunday, while it currently has 14 points ahead at the top of the table.
However, visitors have only suffered a loss on five Premier League trips to Anfield, a race that extends to one in seven when Old Trafford matches are included.
That victory in Liverpool was certainly significant, as Mourinho was fired after the 3-1 loss to Klopp’s men in December 2018.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has manufactured equipment that is relatively decent against the upper sides, with a counterattack style suitable for being under a little more pressure.
Arsenal knocked down United in the Emirates last month, but Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Leicester have lost to the Norwegian this season.
Of course, the defeat certainly does not mean that Liverpool would collapse and surrender its enormous leadership in the title race.
Chelsea recovered from their final streak to win ten consecutive games and that year’s Premier League.
Although Arsenal won only one of its next five games on the way to finishing 12 points out of the rhythm.
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.