Is this a bird? Is it a plane? No, Liverpool are heading for the quadruple in 2021-22. Yes, that doesn’t make sense because football is not for words (not looking at you, Peter Drury). It’s for glory, silverware, passion, and victory.
Jürgen Klopp loves all of these things, and they are all very contagious. Liverpool have already won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup Final.
Like @Carra23 He said earlier this season: Klopp’s Liverpool didn’t win enough trophies to do justice to their dominance and break records in 2018. Before 2022, there was only one domestic cup in 16 years. The FA Cup and League Cup give additional importance to Klopp/Liverpool.
– Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) April 16 2022
Moreover, the Reds are tied on points with Manchester City in the Premier League title and Villarreal plays in the Champions League semi-finals. All of this made everyone ask the same question: Can the pants take home all four of the awards on offer?
Some teams have come close in recent years but have failed. So, it certainly won’t be an easy task. However, Liverpool are very well positioned to achieve the quadruple.
How difficult is the quad?
In a word: very. In more words: It’s been done before. Barcelona under Luis Enrique, Bayern Munich under Jupp Heynckes and Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane, they’ve all done it for the past decade. To be fair, Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) and Hansi Flick (Bayern Munch) have won four or more titles in one calendar year.
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Bayern Munich in 2013. 🤯🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/t7uLTkM7bj
– Football Tweet ⚽ (Football__Tweet) November 16, 2021
However, football fans take the four awards displayed in one season for official identification. This is the reason why no English team has managed to achieve this feat so far. Manchester United came closest in the famous 1998-99 season. The Red Devils won the League, the FA Cup and the historical crown for the Champions League. However, they were knocked out of the League Cup in the quarter-finals.
Sir Alex Ferguson after winning the treble with Manchester United in 1999. pic.twitter.com/Iwd0LlX3M6
– 90s Football (@90sfootball) October 16, 2015
The second closest team was Manchester City in the 2018-2019 season. Pep Guardiola’s giants have captured all three domestic competitions, with the league topping one for the ages. Unfortunately, the Citizens suffered elimination in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Of course, there have been several times an English team has won the “double”.
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🔵 #city of Manchester 🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/xBwgNUd2vC
– Manchester City (ManCity) May 18, 2019
The quad is a completely different level of beast because of the intensity required in all four competitions. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Liverpool’s multi-pronged challenge has been heralded as historic. They’re not showing any signs of slowing down, and for good reason.
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Can they do it?
In short: yes. In more words: they have a great opportunity. Liverpool are equal in points with Manchester City in the league. They will start as favourites in the FA Cup Final as well as in their clash against Villarreal.
All four of their team members up front were in excellent scoring condition. Mohamed Salah tops the Golden Boot list in the Premier League and is having a great season. Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane are second and fifth, respectively.
🇪🇬 Mo Salah
⚽ 28 goals
🔥LFC4 in front have been burning this season! pic.twitter.com/u6LbzUPGV4
– SPORF (Sporf) April 14, 2022
In the assists chart, three players from Liverpool occupy the top positions. Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up his game a few notches while Andy Robertson tuned in with his big strides.
Thiago has been showing his old form lately with Fabinho also among the goals. The defensive backs, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, focused brilliantly on the second best defense in the league.
Liverpool’s central defender has won 7 of 8 matches against Brighton:
🇨🇲 Joel Matip (4/4)
🇳🇱 Virgil van Dijk (3/4)
dominant in the air. ✈️ #LFC | # Liverpool | #khalifa pic.twitter.com/Ik2z6zsHEE
– EPL Statman (EPLStatman) 12 March 2022
Ibrahima Konate is a fantastic vice-versa of the two, taking advantage of his opportunities admirably. However, the most significant new addition was Luis Diaz. The Colombian fast driver added some serious flair and charisma in Liverpool’s attack.
It’s clear how much Klopp trusted him in Diaz’s start to matches often, something the coach hasn’t done so quickly with new players.
Klopp on Diaz: “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone like this. I’ve said before, he can’t stop smiling in training. He’s crazy. And the rest, how fast he adapts, I didn’t know that either. Luis is now here. It’s more than two months old, and it’s rare to see how much he enjoys training.” pic.twitter.com/8Oeb36Uok5
– DaveOCKOP (DaveOCKOP) April 12 2022
Their salt sequence is one of the best in the world. However, the most notable fact is how impressive Liverpool have performed in all four competitions. It would be a true testament to their mentality and determination if they somehow managed to achieve the impossible. Liverpool wasn’t that close to a quartet.
Let’s make one thing clear: failing to win a quartet is never a failure. Liverpool already have one trophy in the bag, with a high chance of achieving at least two. The league is also up for grabs. The Champions League will certainly be the biggest stumbling block. Can Liverpool surpass Villarreal and defeat one of Manchester City or Real Madrid? Only time will prove it.
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🗣 “I think we have the team to do that.”
Sadio Mane believes that the current Liverpool team is indeed capable of achieving the quad but knows that it will not be an easy task 🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/1Krb79wbJR
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 17 2022
Meanwhile, Klopp was determined not to allow his players or the fans to outdo themselves. Therefore, one can expect Liverpool to continue playing as they have regularly done without the quadruple bothering them.