“It’s impossible… but now you’re wondering whether it’s possible?”
After defeating Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Liverpool came within eight games of “immortality” in the form of an unprecedented English quadruple.
The Reds’ lone flaw was that they should have won by a larger margin in a perfectly impressive performance.
Pervis Estupinan’s own goal and Sadio Mane’s score came in rapid succession for them.
In the final, the victors will face either Manchester City, Liverpool’s Premier League championship rivals, or Real Madrid, the defending La Liga champions.
So, can Liverpool win all four titles, what did manager Jurgen Klopp think of the victory, and do Villarreal have a chance at home next week?
Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, and PSV are the only clubs to have won the European Cup, league title, and domestic cup triple.
Celtic’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ went one step further in 1967, winning the league cup as well, making them the only side to achieve the quadruple.
However, Liverpool, who have previously won the Carabao Cup, are in contention to become the first English team to do so.
On BT Sport, former England defender Rio Ferdinand remarked, “That’s got to be the goal.”
“They’re going to establish the goal for themselves.” If they succeed, they will be everlasting, superior to everyone who has ever played the game in this nation.
“It remains to be seen if they will be successful. However, they’re currently ticking boxes along the way.”
Liverpool needs Manchester City to lose in the Premier League in order to go to the FA Cup final against Chelsea. With five games remaining, the Reds are one point behind City.
“They can win all four trophies,” ex-Reds defender Luis Enrique stated on BBC Radio 5 Live. It’s virtually difficult, yet they have a 1% chance of succeeding.
“Game by game, you have to look at it, and I feel they can achieve it.” I’ve never seen a Liverpool team like this before; the players appear to believe in themselves.”
“There was a period of 10 minutes in the second half where they simply turned it on and that’s the indication of a good team, they feel the opportunity and grab it,” Karen Carney, an ex-England international, added.
“That’s why they’re hunting for four trophies; they’ve done it before and know when to do it.”
“Liverpool have eight games in 31 days, and every single one of them is a cup final,” said BBC senior football reporter Ian Dennis. They’re on the edge of achieving greatness.”
“Imagine it [the quadruple], imagine it,” former Liverpool striker Michael Owen remarked on BT. It’s impossible… but now you’re wondering whether it’s feasible.”