Liverpool’s rare quadruple hopes are alive as they enter the Premier League final
Only one other team, Scottish club Celtic in 1966-67, achieved a quadruple of major European trophies, winning the European Cup, a domestic league trophy, a domestic cup and a domestic league cup , during the same season.
Liverpool beat Chelsea last Saturday on penalties to win the FA Cup, their second of two domestic cup trophies this year. He trails first-place Manchester City by one point going into the final game of the league season and will face Real Madrid for the continental title on May 28.
Liverpool are ending their league schedule against Wolverhampton and need City to lose or draw against Aston Villa in their season finale to keep their quadruple hopefuls alive.
“We never gave up and we will try,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s our home game, the last home game of the season. The atmosphere will be exceptional. We will try to use it. We have to do our job.
Such a feat seemed unlikely four months ago, when Liverpool trailed City by 14 points. He’s hardly been lost since, but one of his two draws could prove costly. Some thought that result, on May 7 against Tottenham, had ended his Premier League title chances, although a City draw eight days later rejuvenated some hope.
“We had a reset in January when we were so far behind and we went for it. We had a mental reset and really pushed,” midfielder James Milner told reporters. “City are an incredible team to play against. No matter what, we are proud of ourselves. All we can do is try to win our matches.
Liverpool ticked off the first trophy on their list when they beat Chelsea in February, 11-10 on penalties after a 0-0 draw, to win the Carabao Cup, the lowest profile of England’s two domestic tournaments. This led to the FA Cup victory last week, in which Liverpool again beat Chelsea on penalties, after another scoreless draw.
Winning three major titles in a single campaign is rare, although nine European teams – including Celtic – have won the European Cup, a domestic league and a domestic cup in one season. German club Bayern Munich were the last to do so in 2019-20. Barcelona in 2009 set a different standard, winning the treble in the 2008-09 season in addition to the Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup during that year civil.
Yet this team never won the treble for the same reasons that others in some of Europe’s top leagues never will. Where England have two domestic cup competitions, France, Germany and Spain have abolished league cups in recent years – or in Spain’s case, decades.
Sunday will mark the ninth time in 30 years that the Premier League champion will be decided in the final round. City clinched the title against Liverpool in the final days of the 2013-14 and 2018-19 seasons. The Reds dominated City more decisively in 2019-20.
Going into these final matches, history favors Manchester City. The first-place team won the championship each of the previous eight times until the final day.
“We really started from January and gave it our all,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told reporters. “In January, if you had said it would go to the last game, we would have taken it.”