What an amazing season it has been, 37 matches and plenty of highs and lows. Liverpool are just one win away from realising our dream of playing with the elite again – Champions League.
Let’s face it, Liverpool are one of the most supported clubs across Europe – the football on the pitch hasn’t lived up to the expectations for a long while.
It is now time for Klopp and his men to do just that – a win against Middlesbrough on Sunday is the only way we can ensure it. We can’t rely upon our neighbours to beat Arsenal, we shouldn’t have to. We have enough quality to get across the finish line ourselves!
Last Sunday’s 4-0 win at West Ham set the scene nicely. Not only had we disposed of a team that didn’t feature in the top six, but the way we did it was encouraging. Adjusting formation to get the most of the players we had available was a step in the right direction.
Whilst on paper the victory against Middlesbrough should just be a formality, we have seen them struggle – remember the Sunderland game? The pressure will be immense, but if we’re to make the step up, we need to get used to it. Playing Bayern Munich, PSG, Monaco, Dortmund, Juventus, Barcelona or either of the Madrid sides won’t exactly be a walk in the park next season!!
The last time we reached the Champions League was in 2014/15. The was a one off, having consistently been in it from 2004 – 2009. So should we make the grade then it has to be a spring board to greatness, not a one off again!
Having only reached the Champions League once since 2009/10, achieving this goal would be a big step in the right direction for Klopp and his players.
Supporters have understandably been left frustrated by the way in which Liverpool’s title challenge petered out, but we should not downplay how positive the campaign has been on the whole.
European nights at Anfield
There’s no denying there’s something special about the Anfield atmosphere during a big European game. Maybe it’s the history and association the club has with the European Cup. With their five victories making them England’s most successful European club side.
Liverpool European honours
European Cup / Champions League
1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05
Uefa Cup / Europa League
1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01
1977, 2001, 2005
Somehow that atmosphere always brings Liverpool’s players to life, and the results can be marvellous. In just over the last decade we’ve seen Liverpool edge past a seemingly unbeatable Chelsea side in controversial fashion, we’ve seen them overcome Arsenal in a 4-2 thriller, we’ve seen them thrash Real Madrid 4-0 and countless others.
You can never forget the amazing comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul, pictures of that game will always provoke a reaction.
I would love more of those dreams to come true. It all starts today against Middlesbrough.
I can hear the famous Champions League music calling already!!