Tuesday 17 September 2019

John Aldridge makes bold claim about Liverpool's class of 2019

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goalscoring great John Aldridge believes Jurgen Klopp's class of 2019 should be saluted as heroes, even if they finish as runners-up to Manchester City in the title race.

Liverpool and City both broke through the 90-point barrier last weekend, with the Reds crushing Huddersfield 5-0 on Friday before City reclaimed top spot wit a tight 1-0 win against Burnley.

City will regain the Premier League title if they win their last two matches against Leicester and Brighton, but Aldridge suggests Liverpool should still claim a share of the plaudits in a title race that has seen flawless performances from the top two.

"Whatever happens in the final few weeks of this season, this Liverpool team should be placed alongside some of the great side's in the club's illustrious history," declares Aldridge. 

"That might sound like a grand statement when you reflect on Liverpool teams that won trophy after trophy in the 1970s and 1980s, but I honestly feel this team should be placed alongside the legend of the club, even if they finish second in the Premier League title race.

"The brand of football they play adds to the appeal of a team that have won matches with relentless consistency and as a Liverpool fan, I'm proud of what this team have done for our club.

"I know the cynics will say Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has failed again if his side finishes second in the Premier League and don't win the Champions League, but let's get real here.

"Friday night's 5-0 win against Huddersfield moved Liverpool on to 91 points and back to the top of the table, which is an incredible total to have collected with two games still to play.

"Unfortunately, this is a season when record-breaking points total for Liverpool probably won't be enough for them to end the club's 29-year wait for the title, as I fully expect Manchester City to win their final two Premier League games and retain the title."

Aldridge believes Liverpool's achievement of keeping the pace with a side that has benefited from the biggest finial investment in the history of the English game is commendable, as he suggest City's route to success is ‘unpleasant'.

"When you consider the advantages City have had over Liverpool with the ridiculous money that has been pumped into that club over the last 10 years and more, Klopp has produced a minor miracle to build a team with a fraction of the budget and match them blow for blow," he adds.

"Manchester United fans will disagree, but I bet most football fans would prefer to see a Liverpool side that have built a team with money generated by the club's shrewd business dealings end up as champions rather than a City team who have been propelled to the top of the game because of money from oil-rich owners.

"Pep Guardiola is a great manager and City are a fine team, but there will always be something unpleasant about a rich guy winning a contest over a less fortunate rival and that is what we have here.

"Throw in the fact that most teams City play roll over and have their tummy rubbed by them as they are scared stiff of taking them on and I can only commend this Liverpool team for what they have achieved.

"Success in this game is normally very simple to gauge, with the teams presented with trophies at the end of each season generally hailed as winners, yet the the brilliance Liverpool have maintained over 36 games means they deserve to be congratulated for their performances."

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