Is this the Start of Liverpool Domination?

Liverpool

Liverpool have finally won a domestic cup under Jurgen Klopp. It feels like it has been a long time coming but at the same time they have won nearly everything else from the Premier League to the Club World Cup. However, this does feel different winning the League Cup and being very much in the race for all three other available competitions.

The question remains now, can Liverpool complete a previously unheard of English quadruple?

Why the excitement?

It is often the case that if you win the League Cup in February and you are still in the other competitions there will be talk of the treble or even the quadruple. People often look at new betting offers sign ups to get the best odds on a quadruple or a treble for that club.

Manchester City have set the precedent in recent years with using the League Cup as a standard bar. This is the first season since 2014/15 that they have not won the trophy. In the 2018/19 season it was probably the best for City and one that Liverpool will be looking to emulate this year as City completed a domestic treble. Manchester City also came close to the quadruple last season but fell short in the semifinal of the FA Cup and the final of the Champions League.

Liverpool have been alongside Manchester City in this bid for English domination and have picked up the Champions League, Club World Cup, the long awaited Premier League and now the League Cup after victory Chelsea in the most entertaining 0-0 of all time.

The Merseyside club are looking to achieve domination like they did in the 1980s where they conquered England and Europe. They did achieve a treble in 1983/84 by winning the League, League Cup and European Cup. However, this is not seen as the traditional treble and they will want prove they can do that this season especially with rivals Manchester United the only English winners of the traditional treble in 1998/99.

Why have Liverpool not challenged more for a treble?

When Liverpool achieved the Premier League win in 2019/20 it was huge relief for them. It was also one they had been building towards ever since Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club. There had been missed opportunities in the League Cup final, Europa League final and the Champions League final but these were seen as learning curves more than mediocre attempts in other seasons.

The main problem that Liverpool have had with achieving dominance is their performances in the FA Cup. Under Klopp they have not got further than the fifth round, the current stage they are at now. Klopp has been accused of not taking the FA Cup seriously but he has denied this accusation. However, he does have the squad to compete alongside Manchester City on all fronts and they have made a minimum of the semifinals in the past three seasons.

If Klopp can get past Norwich this week then Liverpool could be set for a historical season.

How are they performing?

With the League Cup already in the bag and Norwich in the next round of the FA Cup they also have to focus on two other fronts. In recent weeks they have been unbeatable in the League as they have not lost since they played Leicester on 28th Dec and are closing in on Manchester City who are six points clear but played one extra game.

Liverpool are among the favourites for the Champions League and hold a 2-0 advantage over Inter Milan going into the 2nd leg at Anfield.

Is the team capable?

There is nothing really stopping Liverpool. They are looking really strong now especially with the return of Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the defence. He has solidified them once again after his knee injury and has been like a new signing after a tough season last year despite finishing 3rd.

There was also question marks over the famous front three if they could continue to be so prolific but they have done especially Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah. Both are up there with the best players in the world and are ruthless in front of goal for Liverpool as was proved against Leeds in the 6-0 drubbing.

This is where the backup brigade have also helped. Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and new signing Luis Diaz are just a few of the players who have stepped up when called upon to help Liverpool on this journey to potential quadruple bliss.

Liverpool are capable and they are going to have to keep this form as they enter the closing stages of the season. Relegation threated teams will be more up for it, competitions will become fiercer and fatigue may kick in but Liverpool could be the first English club to win the quadruple.

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