The ‘quadruple’: Can Liverpool achieve footballing immortality?

Eleven games said Barney Ronay in The Observer: Do well at that and Liverpool could achieve footballing immortality. Winning the ‘quadruple’ – all four major trophies in a single season – is a feat unmatched by any English club and, given the relentlessness of the modern game, is all but impossible for some. But Liverpool undoubtedly have a chance, even more so after progressing to the FA Cup final with a 3-2 win over Manchester City last Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s team has already won the Carabao Cup, is in the semi-finals of the Champions League and is strong in the Premier League, where there is a close duel with Manchester City. Winning the quadruple “will take luck, brilliance and a whole lot more luck” – apart from everything else, it’s dependent on City dropping points in at least one of their remaining Premier League games – but they’re seeing more and more with every game that comes by feasible.

Liverpool’s win over City on Saturday – and her 4-0 against Manchester United Mid-week – certainly suggests they peaked at the right time, Sam Wallace said in The Sunday Telegraph. In a first half at Wembley that Klopp described as the best 45 minutes of his tenure at Anfield, the Reds were unstoppable, scoring three goals against Pep Guardiola’s side, including two from Sadio Mané. Even if City scored right after the break, a comeback was never in sight – until Bernardo Silva “finally made it cup level” in the 91st minute.

As impressive as Liverpool are, it would be a mistake to read too much into this win, Oliver Holt said in the Daily Mail. In truth, the game was “over before it began” – thanks to the injury of several key City players (including the irreplaceable Kevin De Bruyne) and the side being “emotionally and physically exhausted” from last week’s struggles against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League . With a squad that lacks the depth of Liverpool, Guardiola appears to have “narrowed down” his focus this season to winning both the Premier League and Champions League.

Not long ago, football pundits agreed that no other contemporary manager “could hold a candle to Guardiola,” said Oliver Brown in The Daily Telegraph. As Klopp continues to work wonders at Anfield, that will be revised. The German has now beaten the Catalan on ten occasions and despite having won far fewer trophies overall in his career, he arguably has the superior ability to form strong emotional bonds with the clubs he manages. “By the age of 54, Klopp has managed three clubs” – Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool – and “achieved demigod status at each one”. No wonder, then, that Klopp is now “a step ahead” in the ongoing debate about “two generations of generations of managers”. The ‘quadruple’: Can Liverpool achieve footballing immortality?

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