Lan 1–3 victory against Benfica in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals allows Liverpool to approach the final stretch of the season from an enviable perspective. The Reds are separated by 14 games (eight in the League, four in the Champions League and two in the FA Cup) from being able to sign an unprecedented, historic, very difficult poker game… but feasible.
A ‘milestone’ that is not within the reach of any other team in Europe this season and that has never been achieved by a team from the Islands. The one that has been closest is Manchester United who made a treble in 1998-99: Premier, FA Cup and Champions. Guardiola’s City signed an unprecedented ‘pker’ in 2018-19. He conquered the League, the Cup, the League Cup and the Super Cup… but he was missing the ‘jewel in the crown’: the Champions League.
Liverpool, for now, keep their chances of winning the League, Champions, Cup and League Cup intact. What’s more, he already has the latter in his possession. The ‘reds’ beat Chelsea in an endless penalty shootout (0-0, 10-11*) to win the Carabao Cup.
Jrgen Klopp, however, does not even want to hear about ‘poker’. “No, winning all four titles has never been a realistic goal. Nobody has ever achieved it. It’s something you can’t plan the calendar makes it very difficult for you”recognized the ‘red’ technician in an interview with Peter Crouch on ‘BT’.
No, winning all four titles has never been a realistic goal. No one has ever done it. It is something that you cannot plan, the calendar makes it very difficult for you
Moreover, Klopp ‘throws balls out’ and points to Manchester City: “We won the Carabao Cup, so we are the only ones capable of achieving poker… but I think Manchester City is probably the big favorite to win the League, Cup and Champions League treble”.
I think Manchester City is probably the big favorite to win the League, Cup and Champions League treble
The direct duels between Liverpool and Manchester City will dictate sentence. Up to three times the faces could be seen between now and the end of the season in three different scenarios. At two o’clock already sure (FA Cup Premier and semis) a hypothetical Champions League final could be added that would become the ‘mother of all battles’ between Guardiola and Klopp.
The calendar that separates Liverpool from an unpublished poker:
Liverpool (72 points) is second, one point behind Manchester City (73) with eight games to go. The good news, in a ‘red’ key, is that it depends on itself (just like the ‘sky blues’). Manchester City-Liverpool this Sunday could lead to a change of leader in the Premier and draw a totally different scenario.
Such is the classification of the Premier
The good moment of the ‘Pool’, which happens to be the fittest team in the Premier, invites you to dream. They got to 14 points! from City in January… but a run of 11 games without losing and 10 consecutive victories have placed them right in the slipstream. Not only that: behind are impregnable. Alisson has kept a clean sheet in eight of the last 10 games.
It is true, yes, that a demanding schedule awaits him in the League: To the direct duel with City we must add the ‘Clsico’ with United, the derby with Everton, the visit from Tottenham…
- Manchester City-LIVERPOOL
- LIVERPOOL-Manchester United
- Aston Villa-LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are completing an (almost) immaculate season to date in Europe. They went through to the second round with full points (18 out of 18) in a tremendously demanding group with Atltico, Porto and Milan. In the round of 16, on the other hand, I know that he suffered more than expected to defeat Inter: they won 0-2 in Milan and lost 0-1 at Anfield.
In the quarterfinals they had a favorable draw -Benfica started as ‘Cinderella’- and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to have a problem. The 1-3 in Da Luz thanks to goals from Konat, Man and Luis Daz left the pass more than on track. In the semis, if he passes, the winner of Villarreal-Bayern will await him… but that will be another story.
Again the paths of Liverpool and Manchester City cross again. This time it will be in the Cup semifinals, at Wembley and in a single match.
The ‘reds’ have reached the semis after overcoming four rounds: Shrewsbury Town (4-1, 3 Divisions), Cardiff City (3-1, 2 Divisions), Norwich City (2-1) and Nottingham Forest (0-1, 2 Divisions). In a hypothetical final, in case of always beating Manchester City, will face the winner of Chelsea-Crystal Palace.
Liverpool schedule in FA Cup
- Manchester City-LIVERPOOL (semi-finals) (April 16)
- * POSSIBLE FINISH: Winner Chelsea/Crystal Palace-Liverpool (May 14)
Let’s be pragmatic, this is the only trophy Liverpool are guaranteed this season. It is also the fact that makes the difference and that makes it possible for it to be the only team that can sign a historic ‘poker’. The ‘reds’ defeated Chelsea (0-0, 10-11*) on penalties to win the ninth League Cup and break the tie with City (8) at the top of the record.
Before beating Chelsea, the ‘Pool’ had to ‘get rid’ of Norwich (0-3), Preston NE (0-2, 2 divisions), Leicester (3-3, 5-4*) and Arsenal (0-2).
The ‘poker’, therefore, is difficult… but not impossible.