Liverpool and Chelsea set Premier League first with perfect starts

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The two clubs have recorded a maximum return in their first five games, which has not been done in over a century

Liverpool and Chelsea continued their perfect starts to the Premier League season on Saturday, and together have done something England have not seen in over a century.

The Reds opened up Saturday’s Premier League fixtures with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium , which made it five wins in five games so far this season for the Anfield club.

Chelsea not only kept pace against Cardiff but,  through a 4-1 home victory against the Bluebirds , actually moved top of the table on goal difference.

A perfect start through five games is not unheard of in the Premier League as Chelsea themselves have done it four times, though both of Liverpool’s previous five-for-five came in the old First Division.

However, for two teams to manage it is unheard of — this is first season in Premier League history where a pair of clubs managed perfect starts through five games.

While the Premier League only dates back to 1992-93, it requires a long trek through history to find the last time any English top-flight duo managed it.

The last time it happened was 110 years ago, back in the 1908-09 season. Prior to that it had happened in 1905-06.

More history could have be made on Saturday as Watford also began the season perfectly, with four wins in four. Another three points would have seen a trio-teams start perfectly through five for the first time ever in English top-flight history but it was not to be as Manchester United downed the Hornets 2-1. 

Both Liverpool and Chelsea will face European fixtures midweek, before the Reds try to make it six for six against Southampton at Anfield next week, while the Blues visit London rivals West Ham.

Should both clubs come away with three points, at least one will have their streak stopped the following weekend as they face off against one another at Stamford Bridge on September 29 — after meeting in a midweek Carabao Cup fixture three days before.

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