Supporters of both Tottenham and Liverpool have been left thrilled, gutted and excited in equal measure as the current season has unfolded. The Lilywhites have undoubtedly enjoyed their European exploits more than the Reds, as the Merseysiders have thrived domestically, but who has had the better season of the two with all things considered?
Mauricio Pochettino has continued to work miracles with limited resources in an environment where the fans are always demanding more than their club can realistically deliver. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has been tasked with ending Liverpool’s title anguish and given all the money and ammunition he needs to throw at it, so when we stop to look, who has been performing better of the two English giants.
This is now Mauricio Pochettino’s 5th season at the club, and the age-old issue haunts him as he’s remained trophyless in North London. When the season started the fans were seriously worried. Tottenham have had more injuries than anyone this season, brought no new players in, played the whole season away from home and had the least rest time after the summer’s World Cup, things looked bleak.
Despite all of those issues, the Lilywhites have done what they’ve had to do. After scraping through the group stage in Europe and overcoming Borussia Dortmund in the round of sixteen and finding themselves in a healthy 3rd place in the Premier League, hopes are high for a strong finish. The last few months will be long and hard for Poch and co, but they’ve already shown that they can overcome anyone on their day and shouldn’t be ruled out of either the title race or the Champions League just yet.
TT GRADE: A
This season was dubbed as ‘Liverpool’s year’ from the very start. After scraping into the top four last season it looked like Jurgen Klopp had done enough over the summer to climb up to the top of the pile this season, and for a time he looked like he was going to do it. Obviously, it helps when you can throw obscene amounts of money at players like Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita, but one way or another, they’rein the mix.
Things have slowly started to derail for the Reds, though. Klopp’s side was ten points clear of 2nd placed Manchester City at the end of December, yet in just a matter of months, they’ve thrown that away and now sit one point behind last season’s champions. Like Spurs, The Kopites also had to scrap to get into the knockout stages of the Champions League, although they now face an uphill battle against Bayern, and the wheels on this Liverpool season look like coming off any day now.
TT GRADE: B
At a glance, it’s hard to see how you can rate the Lilywhites’ efforts this season over the Reds. However, once you look into the nitty-gritty of it and factor in the expenditure of both clubs, the injury problems and the expectations that each club had as we started the season back in August, it’s become apparent that as Spurs punch above their weight, Klopp’s side are falling below the levels asked of them.