Liverpool FC is a club steeped in a glorious history. Unsurpassed in English football in terms of
European trophies and only their great rivals, Manchester United, having more top division titles (20 vs 18).
For Liverpool fans, that last number is a stubborn one, having remained the same for the last
28 seasons. To put that into perspective, of the line up of Liverpool players that beat Tottenham this weekend, only 32-year-old James Milner was alive the last time Liverpool had a league title on display.
It’s not fair to call the quest for a Premier League title an obsession among Liverpool fans, as there are too many other distractions in football, including the Champions League. However, the elusive 19th title has become their Sisyphean task, which they just can’t reach. But, with each passing week, it seems more likely that this is the team that breaks the duck.
Klopp building a team to rival great Reds sides
The last Liverpool side to win the title, during the 1989/90 season, was stuffed full of Liverpool
legends, including the likes of Ian Rush, John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish.
It’s difficult, of course, to compare players of a different era, but there are some signs that Liverpool are building a team worthy of those heroes of the 70s and 80s.
‘Team’ is the important word here, because the hallmark of Jurgen Klopp’s project at Anfield is of
collective responsibility, a team in which everyone knows their role and where the parts of the
machine interact seamlessly.
Sure, there is room for individual brilliance, Mo Salah being an obvious example, but the team effort remains the most important element of Klopp’s high-octane interpretation of gegenpressing.
Liverpool betting odds slashed in recent weeks
The bookmakers seem to agree with the analysis are on the rise. At the start of the season, Man City were overwhelming favourites to win the league, becoming the first side to start a campaign as odds-on favourites, coming in around 8/13.
To be fair, City’s odds have shifted much, coming in at about 8/11 with Paddy Power. But, it’s Liverpool who have rocketed up the ways, coming down from 4/1 to 2/1 after the victory over Spurs.
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It would, of course, be foolish to rule Manchester City out. Pep Guardiola’s men do not need to look to the past, because they know that they have their best ever squad today.
However, there is a feeling that the City hierarchy are looking at the Champions League as the next step in the club’s evolution and could, perhaps, take their eye of the ball in the league.
Could that potentially open a pathway for Liverpool? Certainly, the bookies rate their chances higher than the team that was supposed to be challenging City, 33/1 shots Manchester United.
Title would be Klopp’s greatest achievement
What sort of achievement would it be for Liverpool to win the league, say when compared to the
great Reds teams of the past?
Well, again it’s unfair to compare eras, but could any team in the 1970s or 1980s bested Manchester City over the course of a season?
It’s hard to say, but it does point at what an achievement it would be if Jurgen Klopp can outfight and outsmart Pep Guardiola’s wonderful side on the way to a first Premier League title.