When Liverpool emerged victorious to claim their 6th European Cup, it should have marked the start of domination for the reds. The League title was finally claimed a year or so later, and despite the lack of any substantial signings since, there was still strong signs that vast silverware could be claimed.
That Champions League win saw a team littered with obscene talent, brought together by the world class talents of Jürgen Klopp. The fact that only one major trophy have been claimed since that night in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, is sadly disappointing. There are a few illustrious teams within the Premier League era that will stand the test of time, given their supreme achievements. Sir Alex Ferguson was able to build at least two all conquering sides, Jose Mourinho’s first incarnation of his Chelsea was powerfully dominant, Arsene Wenger’s Invincible side was electrified, and Pep’s mid reign version of Manchester City was transformative to modern English Football.
Three years ago, Liverpool became the world’s greatest team, with a blend of power and bravery that terrified all opposition sides. Records were shattered, history was written, and the credentials of our manager and certain players were etched into Anfield folklore. The title win should have been the most amazing of modern day feats, and the points total should have seen more records shattered. The pandemic saw such achievements scuppered, and the ensuing period since has been constantly hampered.
A remarkable group of players sits firmly within their prime, yet the peak of their powers (as a collective) could continue to fall foul of our current way of life. The want for more or the expectation can sometimes seem spoilt, yet it is simply a case of the recognising sheer greatness fall short. The shelf life of this squad and management group is now entering required transition, and there is every likelihood that this current side will not win more top shelf silverware. The fact that the ownership are continually slow to back the manager, is a frustrating reality, that will inevitably mark this brilliant team as less than they deserve.
With the AFCON arriving after a stuttering winter schedule, the hope is that the reds can galvanise in the coming weeks, and stay in touch with the current run away leaders. The Champions League continues to represent Liverpool’s best chance of silverware, and with a little bit of luck, fortunes can start to alter course as we head towards the spring.
We all hope for major signings and the contract of the world’s greatest player to be rubber stamped, yet there is a constant awareness of the reality. FSG are a model based group, that will push logic beyond the dreams of the fanbase. Support will never be lacking for this team of players, yet the opportunity for unprecedented greatness may now be beyond Klopp’s brilliant team.
To be proved wrong, would be a tremendous event. Yet, within a life engulfed by vaccinations, isolations and the unknown, the acceptance of continued stagnation may just be the reality in both life and Liverpool Football Club. Arsenal away is the next step, and the next clutch of games could proof to be the most vital of the season.