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It's over. Liverpool's remarkable unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a shuddering end on Saturday night as Watford crushed them 3-0 at Vicarage Road.

The shock defeat won't make a dent in their title aspirations but it did have Arsenal fans breathing a sigh of relief.

That's because Liverpool's undefeated sequence has ended at the 44-game mark, five short of Arsenal's top-flight record of 49 which ran from May 7, 2003 until October 24, 2004.

There was dejection for Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool as their unbeaten Premier League sequence came to a crashing halt at Watford on Saturday night

There was dejection for Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool as their unbeaten Premier League sequence came to a crashing halt at Watford on Saturday night

Liverpool's unbeaten league sequence ends on 44 games - short of Arsenal's league record

Liverpool's unbeaten league sequence ends on 44 games - short of Arsenal's league record

Manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on Liverpool's surprise 3-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road

Manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on Liverpool's surprise 3-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road

Liverpool are still comfortably on course to win the Premier League despite their setback

Liverpool are still comfortably on course to win the Premier League despite their setback

Liverpool's previous league loss came 422 days before this one - a 2-1 reverse to eventual champions Manchester City on January 3 last year.

In losing to Watford, Liverpool also failed to set a new best for consecutive Premier League wins - their final tally of 18 only equalled the record set by Manchester City in 2017.

Nonetheless, Liverpool have become only the third team to go unbeaten for more than a year in the Premier League.

Arsenal's 'Invincibles' achieved the feat, going the entire 2003-04 season without losing, and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea didn't lose a game between October 2004 and November 2005.

However, a debate has been raging on social media about the respective merits of that Arsenal side and the present Liverpool one.

Arsenal's Twitter account reflected the relief of many fans as their record remained intact

Arsenal's Twitter account reflected the relief of many fans as their record remained intact

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side were presented with a special golden Premier League trophy after going the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten as part of their 49-game run

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side were presented with a special golden Premier League trophy after going the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten as part of their 49-game run

The Gunners celebrate their unbeaten Premier League title success back in May 2004

The Gunners celebrate their unbeaten Premier League title success back in May 2004

Wayne Rooney celebrates as Manchester United end Arsenal's run at 49 games in 2004

Wayne Rooney celebrates as end Arsenal's run at 49 games in 2004

Liverpool won 39 of their 44 matches at a pretty phenomenal return of 2.77 points per game, while Arsenal won 36 and drew 13 of their 49 at a return of 2.47 points per game.

The aforementioned Chelsea side had a return sandwiched between the two at 2.65 points per game from their 40 unbeaten games.

Of course, it didn't escape the attention of many on social media that unlike Arsenal and Chelsea, Liverpool's impressive unbeaten run failed to deliver a trophy.

They finished last season with 97 points, the third highest tally in Premier League history, and yet still finished second to Manchester City on 98.

However, that will almost certainly be rectified this season after Liverpool's 27 matches unbeaten from the start of the season (with 26 wins and one draw) saw them establish a 22-point lead over City.

The Reds registered 104 goals in total during their 44 games at an average of 2.36 per match.

How the unbeaten runs of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea compare  Team Year Matches Wins Draws Goals Points Points per game Goals per game Arsenal 2003-2004 49 36 13 112 121 2.47 2.29 Liverpool 2019-2020 44 39 5 104 122 2.77 2.36 Chelsea 2004-2005 40 33 7 92 106 2.65 2.3

Jose Mourinho celebrates Chelsea's 2004-05 Premier League title win with Frank Lampard (left) and John Terry (right). They went 40 league games unbeaten from October 2004

Jose Mourinho celebrates Chelsea's 2004-05 Premier League title win with Frank Lampard (left) and John Terry (right). They went 40 league games unbeaten from October 2004 

Wayne Rooney celebrates in front of a dejected Didier Drogba as Chelsea's unbeaten run was ended by Manchester United at Old Trafford in November 2005

Wayne Rooney celebrates in front of a dejected Didier Drogba as Chelsea's unbeaten run was ended by at Old Trafford in November 2005

Longest unbeaten runs in Europe's top leagues 

58 games - AC Milan 1991-1993

53 - Bayern Munich 2012-2014

49 - Arsenal 2003-2004; Juventus 2011-2012

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