It was moments after the Champions League final loss against Real Madrid back in May when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had a look in his eyes, a look that said ‘why does this keep happening? It was yet another cup final defeat and Klopp’s second loss in a Champions League final after he coached Borussia Dortmund when they were defeated by Bayern Munich back in 2013.
He set out this summer to end his barren spell at Liverpool which has yielded no trophies in his three seasons at the club. Sure Liverpool have played fantastically well and have a very strong team. Some results will live in the memory forever especially the thrashing of Manchester City in the quarter finals of the Champions League and yet no one will be taking Klopp’s reign at Liverpool seriously unless he starts winning trophies.
To add to the quality already at the club he spent close to £200m bringing in Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson and Fabinho for Monaco to name two. The feeling from then on is that Liverpool now have their best team and hence best chance to win the English top division for 29 years. It’s been such a long time since they won it that they have never won the league as it has been known as the Premier League which was rebranded for the start of the 1992/93 season.
With Liverpool winning their first 5 games of the season and beating PSG in the Champions League there has been talk if the club can go on and win both trophies this season? That is quite some talk given how early we are into it. Some have suggested that Manchester City will have their eye off the ball in the league as they focus on winning their first ever Champions League, something that was made more awkward for them after losing their opening game in the competition to Lyon at home.
For Liverpool this is a competition they have won before. Four times in the old European Cup and once very magically in 2005 when they came back against AC Milan after being 3 goals down. They have also starred in 3 Champions League finals overall. Whilst they would dearly love to erase their defeat this year one has to wonder if it’s the Premier League that will take more importance this season?
Let’s be honest and it is the Premier League that Liverpool fans really want. It is a league where they used to be so dominant in the 70s and 80s and they have had to watch as rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have swept up numerous ones over the past 3 decades. It hurts and whilst Champions League glory would obviously be welcomed, with this team that might be able to wait until Liverpool can finally win the league they have been dreaming about.
For sure it would be a great way for Klopp to break his duck with the club.