With less than a fortnight until the end of an exhilarating season for Liverpool, a quadruple is still an achievable possibility for the Reds. West Ham and Jarrod Bowen – with help from Łukasz Fabiański – have given Liverpool a lifeline in their quest for the Premier League title.
With just one week left until the end of the English domestic calendar, Liverpool know they only need two wins and are hoping for a miracle from Steven Gerrard on the final day to decorate the Premier League trophy with red ribbons and white on May 22. .
It’s always an unlikely scenario, however, until hope remains, Liverpool can still dream of a 20th league title – this time with a trophy in front of the fans.
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But for Jürgen Klopp’s men, an even bigger challenge looms on the horizon less than a week after the championship ended. For the third time in five seasons, the Reds are back in the Champions League final and they will be desperate to win the most coveted trophy in European football.
With that in mind, Klopp will have to play his cards carefully in the Reds’ remaining fixtures.
He will want his strongest XI for the final in Paris, and with the likes of Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah sitting out with muscle injuries last week, Klopp will need to think carefully in order to preserve the energy of his star. players – especially as he knows his counterpart Carlo Ancelotti has the luxury of resting his players for Real Madrid’s remaining fixtures with their league title assured.
His first headache will come on Tuesday night in an essential game for Liverpool against Southampton. It’s a game Liverpool should win on paper, but after playing a grueling 120 minutes on Saturday afternoon – some 72 hours before the Southampton game – Klopp may have to take some risks that could jeopardize the result.
Players like Sadio Mané, Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcântara all played more than 90 minutes on Saturday, and Klopp can’t afford to play them all again if he wants to avoid more injuries before. the Champions League final.
Instead, the Liverpool boss could be tempted to play a second-string side bringing Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones into the starting XI. On paper, Liverpool should still get the job done even with a heavily rotated squad, but Klopp will run the risk of hitting a potential banana peel by resting his squad.
However, in the long run, in view of what is to come, it is absolutely the right decision that Klopp should make. Even with a win at Southampton, Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title are slim. But the Champions League is a strong possibility and in Liverpool’s hands and should therefore be prioritized as such.