Liverpool quadruple won’t top Man Utd’s treble – it wouldn’t even be the Reds’ best season – Stan Collymore

STAN COLLYMORE COLUMN: Liverpool are still on course to lift four trophies this season – Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – but Manchester United’s exploits of 1999 still reign supreme

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Jurgen Klopp looks back on Villarreal clash

If Liverpool win the quadruple this season, or if they or Manchester City win it in the near future, it will obviously be a fantastic achievement.

But it won’t be bigger than Tottenham’s 1960-61 brace, Arsenal’s 1970-71 or Liverpool’s 1985-86. Nor will it be bigger than Manchester United’s Treble triumph in 1998-99, which, pound for pound, would still be their greatest success of all.

I’m not even sure if it would be the greatest quadruple of all time because that award certainly belongs to the 1966-67 Celtic team. The Lisbon Lions won Scotland’s top flight at a time when they were tied with the English First Division, two domestic cup wins and the European Cup… with just 14 players.

I know some of you – especially youngsters – will scoff and say that football is a lot better now than it was then. That we only have to see how many Premier League points Liverpool and City have won over the last two or three years and the huge gap they have created between themselves and the rest of the division to see that.

I appreciate all of that, but I also acknowledge that it can’t be a coincidence that every single record across Europe has been broken as the game has become physically easier, less combative, with less intimidation and less physical contact. We also have to agree with the fact that those teams played on terrible pitches back then and there wasn’t the financial doping that we have today.

Check out how Liverpool picked up Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane from Southampton. Matt Le Tissier spent his career with the Saints when I was playing, but he would have been taken by one of the big boys after a few years these days, whether it was to go on their first team or be on the bench.

Liverpool have already won the first part of a potential quadruple



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Spurs, Arsenal and Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool have all come to the top with smaller squads than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and City are available today. And let me be clear, while there are some wonderful players in Liverpool and City, Dalglish, George “Stroller” Graham, Danny Blanchflower and others would have played at elite level on elite teams just as much today as they did then.

Regarding this season, regular readers will know that I fancy City winning the Premier League and Champions League double while Liverpool are content with the two domestic cups. But that’s not to say I’d be surprised if Liverpool didn’t win the draw and I know they’ll be there against Villarreal tonight from pure muscle and brain memory as they’ve had to perform in recent days and weeks.

I don’t think Villarreal aren’t still in a draw. They just have to find a way to score an early goal and when they do, the game moves on. But the mentality of this Liverpool side is that even if they were 2-0 down in the first five minutes they would come back and win 4-2 and I still have faith that we will keep them and City meeting in Paris will see May 28th.

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