Only six games stand between Liverpool and Champions League redemption.
After experiencing an excruciating 3-1 defeat in the final of the competition to Real Madrid last year, the Reds could go one step further this season depending on the outcome of their round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
If Jurgen Klopp’s side do progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of the Bundesliga leaders, they would automatically become one of the overwhelming favourites to lift the Champions League.
With Manchester City currently one point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League, the Merseyside-based club may have to face a huge decision to make as the 2018/19 campaign draws to a close.
Whereas triumph in England’s top flight division could finally end a wait of 29 years for a title, the attraction of creating history via winning the Champions League could take precedence for Klopp.
Whilst in charge of Borussia Dortmund, the 51-year-old saw his side win the Bundesliga twice yet their legacy was dampened by a 2-1 defeat in the final of Europe’s biggest knockout competition to arch-rivals Bayern at Wembley Stadium in 2013.
In an era that could very well be remembered for Pep Guardiola’s incredible City team, Klopp could make his own history by winning the Champions League and therefore extending the Reds’ great relationship with the tournament.
Over a period of seven years in the 1970’s and 80’s, Liverpool’s dominance of English football was accompanied by a superb record in Europe as the club were triumphant in the competitions on four occasions, ensuring that they will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest ever club sides.
Rafael Benitez’s triumph in 2005 from 3-0 down in Istanbul to prevail on penalties was one of football’s most dramatic events whilst the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have recently produced incredible displays in Champions League finals which will be remembered for years to come.
Whereas these games are fondly remembered by supporters of clubs from all around the world, there has arguably only been two occasions in the past fifteen years where the Premier League has produced legacy-defining moments.
A last gasp goal from Sergio Aguero in 2012 gave the Citizens a dramatic title victory over arch-rivals Manchester United whilst Leicester City’s astonishing campaign in 2016 saw them defy all odds to win their first ever top-flight title.
With Liverpool and Klopp finding themselves in a unique position where they could create history via two avenues, a lack of squad depth at the club may mean that they could only get to choose one to succeed in.
What do you think Liverpool fans? Should Klopp sacrifice the Premier League for Champions League success? Or should your side go all out for their first title in 29 years? Get in touch below.
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