Liverpool fans were most likely sick of being asked this question towards the tail end of last season, but it’s one that this year takes on an entirely different meaning.
When asked at a press conference whether he would rather lift the Premier League or Champions League trophy at the end of the season, Jordan Henderson replied: “Both.”
Now, a little over 100 days after Liverpool’s captain lifted the iconic European Cup to join a plethora of legends at Anfield, the Champions League kicks off again, with the Reds once more in a promising and strong position domestically.
While the season is still in its infancy, it already looks as though Klopp’s side will be pushing all the way until May to win their elusive first league title since 1991.
Five wins from their first five fixtures sees them top with a five point lead over last season’s champions Manchester City.
And they do this as European champions – thus making them a hotly tipped favourite to go far in Europe’s elite competition again this time around.
So, should that question get asked as to which trophy Liverpool would rather win again this year, there may well be a bit of thinking to do.
While all silverware is welcomed with open arms and the players, fans, coaches and everyone associated with the club would rather win everything available to them, sometimes this isn’t achievable.
Since getting their hands on old big ears in June, has Liverpool’s quench for European glory been quenched for a while?
While we’d love to be crowned Europe’s best for the seventh time after reaching a third successive final, if you were to ask some fans (potentially myself included) if they’d rather sacrifice a run in Europe for domestic success, they’d be quite likely to agree to it.
Now this is not me saying that Klopp should write off the Champions League in its entirety. That would be foolish to the nth degree.
It’s a hypothetical scenario that does, however, suggest two things:
1. The undying desire to become league champions again after so long remains a fire that will only be tamed by lifting the Premier League trophy.
2. Should Liverpool still be competing for all three domestic trophies and the Champions League after Christmas, will one or two be sacrificed?
I don’t think that anyone who says that prioritising trophies doesn’t happen in football is naive – and there will be an element of this come the second half of the season should Liverpool still be competing on numerous fronts.
But if a choice came down to the league or a European title, it’s an impossible decision to make.
Given Liverpool’s rich history in European competition, it will always be a competition that takes great importance in any season. But should it compromise the quest for the Holy Grail of a league title, would it be something that the club could let slide?
I doubt it. But what it will do is force Klopp and the management team is choose between the bigger and more minor competitions.
The two biggest prizes up for grabs every season should never be put on the back burner, but there would inevitably be kick back that more force was not put into one should there be more chance of winning come the end of the season.
So here’s my take: we don’t prioritise one of these two competitions over the other. But if it’s Premier League glory over a good FA Cup run, I’m having that league title.