Liverpool has footballing history within their sights in the 2021-22 season. They are still in the running for the quadruple – and the reds’ fans are dreaming that Klopp can lead the team to glory. Right now, they are still battling on three competitive fronts – the FA Cup, the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, having already won their first – the Carabao Cup.
This month they have the chance to secure three trophies to add to their first – held aloft in February. If they can manage to win all four, then they would be the first ever men’s team in England to win all three domestic cups as well as the biggest European trophy. Although Man City did achieve a quadruple of sorts in 2018-19, this included the Community Shield, not the UEFA Champions League, which still eludes them. Man United achieved a treble in 1998-99 but failed to lift the League Cup. According to Smarkets.com, there were early signs of Liverpool FC’s dominance when they played against Inter Milan and with yet another Champions League against Madrid on the horizon, they could be making English football history.
The UEFA Champions League
Liverpool have made their way into the Champions League Final, where they will be facing Real Madrid in the final on May 28 in the Stade de France.
The team won the first leg of the semi finals against Villarreal with ease, claiming a 2-0 victory. However, there was a little bit of a scare in the second leg, when Villarreal pulled back the two goal lead in the first half. But the reds can never be counted out – and in the second half, they hit the back of the net no less than three times, making the scoreline 3-2 in their favour – and 5-2 on aggregate.
They have played well the whole tournament – winning all of their 5 group stage matches – in the toughest group in the Champions League – against AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Porto. They made it through to the knockouts with an average of just one goal per match conceded compared to an average of 2.84 scored.
In the round of 16, they beat Italian Champions 2-1 on aggregate and then enjoyed a favourable draw against Benfica, winning 6-4 on aggregate. They will now be looking to avenge their defeat against the Spanish Champions in the finals at the end of the month.
The FA Cup
The team has another final to look forward to in May 2022, after beating the Premier League leaders 3-2 in the FA Cup semi finals on April 16 at Wembley Stadium.
On May 14th, they will be taking on Tuchel’s Chelsea team in the finals, in what could be a rematch of the Carabao Cup final in February. Chelsea reached the final by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the FA Cup semi final. Having won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, they can enjoy a nice treble of trophies, despite their off pitch troubles.
Liverpool made it through to the final by enjoying three straight home games – Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City and Norwich City. They also beat Nottingham Forest in the quarterfinals. The last time the reds won the FA Cup was in 2006 – and last made it to the finals in 2012. Should they win, this will be their 8th FA Cup trophy, third behind Arsenal’s record 14 FA Cup wins
The English Premier League
This is going to be the most difficult for the team as it is not totally in their hands right now. They are sitting just one point behind leaders Manchester City, who they will need to drop a couple of points in their last few games. This isn’t an impossibility and they are in the perfect position to capitalise if Man City do have a slip up in the final stages.
The game that could have been the deciding game still left everything in the balance, after the teams drew 2-2 at the Etihad in their April head to head. Right now, Pep Guardiola’s men have the advantage, but Klopp’s men can never be counted out of this. Just one slip from them and this could lead to the big four for Klopp and his men, which would make them the best team in the history of England’s Premier League ever.