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Liverpool Chasing The ‘Unthinkable’ Feat: Are They On Track To Make History?

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Pratyay Maitra
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There are noises all around with Liverpool competing for four titles at the backend of the season. They conquered the League Cup crown last month by defeating Chelsea, also a scintillating run of results have brought them back in the Premier League race. The Reds have also progressed to the semifinals of the FA Cup, whereas the Champions League quarterfinals are knocking at the door next midweek post-international break.

No English club has ever won a ‘quadruple’ in history, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City despite maintaining their supremacy in domestic competitions. They remain the major barrier in Liverpool’s path as the upcoming two meetings would be decisive in shaping up their season goals.

Is ‘Quadruple’ A Realistic Target For Liverpool?

While it is extremely difficult to achieve the feat, there must be cautious optimism in the Reds’ camp to keep focus ahead of a busy schedule. April starts with a relatively easier game against Watford at Anfield, but their visit to Etihad on 10th is a must-win one to leapfrog in the title hunt.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on March 5, 2022. – – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use is limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images).

Having said that, they have not won a league match in the Blue half of Manchester since Guardiola’s arrival and Jurgen Klopp, therefore, needs to roll back the years and script an upset as he did back in 2015 soon after his appointment as the new Reds boss. A draw might not be enough for them given the difficulty level of the remaining contests compared to City’s fixture list. In a nutshell, Liverpool must win all 9 Premier League ties to claim their 20th title.

These two giants will meet again a few days later in the FA Cup semis and Liverpool thus have to beat their toughest opponent twice within a week to keep the dream alive. Klopp has ample depth across the pitch with players returning from injuries, but their top performers must stay fit and deliver week in week out to write the history.

Meanwhile, they edged past Inter Milan in the Round of 16 and are set to clash heads with Benfica in the last 8 of the Champions League. Although the Merseysiders remain favourites against the Portuguese giants, the road to Stade de France won’t be straightforward. Bayern Munich, drawn against Villarreal, are the potential semifinal opponents and the Reds might lock horns with Man City for the third time if both of them overcome their quarter-final as well as semi-final hurdles. There are many ifs and buts, however, the charisma of Klopp has transformed the fans from doubters to believers.

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