Liverpool set to clash with Manchester City as chance at quadruple looms

As the 2021-22 football season approaches its final weeks, a story more than any other has begun to take shape; the chance for Premier League giants Liverpool to secure a historic quadruple.

Jürgen Klopp’s high-flying Reds recently played out an entertaining 3-3 draw against legendary Portuguese side SL Benfica in their Champions League midweek clash that saw Liverpool book a place in the semi-finals of the premier competition in clubs across Europe, keeping hopes alive that Anfield-based team could become the first English club to secure a ‘true’ quadruple.

Last Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City may not have allowed Liverpool to overtake their rivals for the Premier League title, but it did keep them within a point of Pep Guardiola’s City, which was more than enough to keeping hopes alive that he will have a chance to eventually climb ahead of the Spaniard.

Those budding domestic rivals are set to meet once again this Sunday, with direct implications regarding the potential achievement Liverpool are currently headed for when they meet once again, but this time, they will meet in the FA Cup semi-final. .

It’s a clash that Klopp is not only enjoying, but a game that he hopes to see an improvement in his Liverpool side, despite winning a very credible point last weekend at the Etihad.

“City were very strong last week and we weren’t at our best, so I’d like to see a game where we’re at our best too. That would be interesting, so let’s try it. It has to be treated as a final, we have to do it. That’s more or less the case and that’s how we’ve been dealing with it since January since we started this little mission. You have to go with everything.” note: quotes provided by BeIN Sports.

Liverpool go down in history with a chance to win a 'true' quadruple ahead of FA Cup clash with Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Joel Matip of Liverpool lifts the Carabao Cup trophy after the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 27, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Fortunately for Liverpool, they can already return to cup success this season after the Reds secured a Carabao Cup victory in late February when Klopp’s men battled to a 0-0 draw against compatriot Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea team before finally winning 11-10 on penalties thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s shot from the penalty spot that went over the crossbar.

That recent success in first time asking in a cup final can certainly be put to good use as the business end of three other competitions approaches.

Beyond their weekend clash with budding rivals Man City, Liverpool faced giant-killing Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals after former Arsenal manager Unai Emery perpetrated one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history when The Yellow Submarine dispatched the Bavarian giants from the quarter-finals thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The surprising result prompted Klopp to praise Emery, whom he hailed as “the king of cups” after the Spanish team beat both Bayern and Juventus during the knockout phase of the competition, and although the comparable status between both clubs is considerable, surely Villarreal cannot be underestimated in any way.

Should Liverpool get past Villarreal, they would once again be presented with a possible clash against, you guessed it, Man City in the Champions League final to be held at the Stade de France in Paris after City drew against Real Madrid in a clash that former Barcelona player Guardiola will no doubt be looking to enjoy.

Liverpool go down in history with a chance to win a 'true' quadruple ahead of FA Cup clash with Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City interacts with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Back at home in the Premier League, Liverpool have a considerably tougher run towards a potential title compared to title rivals City.

Liverpool face their two biggest rivals in the league after the FA Cup clash when they host both Manchester United and Everton before traveling north to take on Newcastle United, only to wrap up the season in May on dates with Tottenham. (H), Aston Villa (A), Southampton (A) and Wolves (H).

By comparison, City host Brighton and Watford, only to then travel to Leeds United before returning home to clash with Newcastle United and then wrap up the final two weeks of the season against West Ham United (A) and Aston Villa (H). ).

It is arguably not every season that the top two clubs in all of Europe are potentially ready to face off in three separate competitions that could see one of them come into the summer with all four major trophies on offer.

If Liverpool are successful in their quest, they would be the first British team since Celtic in 1966-67 to win a quadruple as the Hoops won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Cup. from Europe when players like Stevie Chalmers. and Joe McBride led the “Lisbon Lions” to eternal glory.

Since then, a major club in Europe has won four trophies in a calendar year on six other occasions: Bayern Munich x 2, Real Madrid x 2, Barcelona, ​​Paris Saint-Germain, but never four in the same season.

And perhaps most impressive of all, it would cement Jürgen Klopp’s legacy as arguably the greatest manager in the club’s illustrious history. Four trophies this season would see Klopp take home seven major honors (eight if the Club World Cup is included) since arriving at Anfield over 6 years ago, and become only the fifth Liverpool manager to win the league multiple times and only the second. to win multiple European honours, following in the footsteps of the great Bob Paisley.

Already with the highest winning percentage of any Liverpool manager in history (62.06%) ahead of Kenny Dalglish, an all-time quadruple would be enough to suggest that Klopp is arguably the best manager in club football today.

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