Friday 20 September 2019

'We should start discussing Liverpool's dream double' - John Aldridge hopes the narrative will change in the final month of the season

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (second right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (second right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goalscoring great John Aldridge believes his former club should change the narrative in the media and start talking up their hopes of a dream trophy double this season.

Manchester City's efforts to become the first team to win four major trophies in one season has become the dominant theme in recent weeks, with Pep Guardiola's winning the Carabao Cup last February and sealing their place in the FA Cup final with an unconvincing win against Brighton at Wembley on Saturday.

They are in pole position to win the Premier League and favourites to progress against Tottenham in their Champions League quarter-final, yet Aldridge believes Liverpool could upset their chase to secure a place in the football history books.

"After so much talk about Manchester City winning a quadruple this season, we should now start discussing Liverpool's push for a dream double," he said. "Last Friday's battling 3-1 win against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium was another big statement from Jurgen Klopp's men, as they came from behind to record a win that took them back to the top of the Premier League.

"It's to the credit of Klopp and his players that they keep finding a way to win matches when they are not playing at their best and as the finishing line comes into sight in this compelling title race. I'm convinced this will not end with City winning their final seven games and retaining the trophy.

"Pep Guardiola's side will slip up somewhere in a month that is loaded with matches and when they do, Liverpool have to be ready to take advantage.

"I suggested in my Sunday World column last month that the title race come down to goal difference between Liverpool and City and the closer we get to the end of this race, that scenario looks even more probable.

"They have a seven-goal advantage at the moment and it is close to being as a good as an extra point, but the way Liverpool are winning so many matches with late goals makes you wonder whether something special is about to happen here."

Aldridge believes City remain as firm favourites to win the title, as he suggests he will only believe the Premier League trophy is heading to Anfield if Jurgen Klopp's side go into the final game of the season in pole position.

"I'm always a pessimist when it comes to my old club and will never believe they are going to win this title unless they are going into the final game of the season needing to beat Wolves to be crowned as champions," he added.

"If we get to that point, then I will believe the long wait for a league title triumph is about to come to an end, but a lot has to happen before we get to May 12th and the final ball is kicked."

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