Jürgen Klopp has denied his team are far off a Man United landmark but are nine games to achieve despite ‘crazy’ Klopp’s warning.
Liverpool moved closer to a historic season with an FA Cup win over Norwich.
“We are not even close to any crazy stuff like that.”
Jürgen Klopp swatted away suggestions of a quadruple in his press conference ahead of the Norwich City match.
However, with Liverpool securing a win that sends them to the quarter-finals of another cup competition, that talk will only intensify.
Liverpool are already close to a triple success that would see them finally silence a nagging Manchester United issue.
Liverpool undoubtedly still face an uphill battle in the league, with Man City remaining in the driving seat.
Jurgen Klopp pointed out, no team in the history of English football has ever secured the quadruple, and for good reason: it’s hard.
After the win against Norwich, the team are now theoretically just nine games away from securing two further trophies this season.
In the FA Cup, there are only three games to go.
Liverpool will learn their quarter-final opponents in a game between Middlesbrough and Spurs.
Meanwhile, only five games separate Liverpool from Champions League success.
The first of these should be a relatively routine seeing-out job, having earned a 2-0 advantage over Inter Milan during the first leg at the San Siro.
Nine games. Win them all (which in itself is not even a necessity), and Liverpool will be only the third English team to complete the treble in the last 25 years.
Manchester United are of course the most famous example, having done so in dramatic fashion in 1998/99, while their city rivals completed a domestic treble in 2018/19.
An added incentive for Liverpool is that a further two trophies would finally lay a recurring Manchester United dispute to bed.
There is a lack of consensus over the most successful team in England, with various different criteria applied to what counts as a valid honour.
On the most generous count, including Community Shield wins, Man United still leads by two trophies.
Thus, by winning a treble, Liverpool can return to their perch, even on the most stringent definition.
Klopp will be confident that this record will fall sooner or later, with Manchester United looking in no fit state to seriously challenge for silverware.
Liverpool, meanwhile, look somewhere close to their imperious best, having now won the last 11 games.
They only need another nine to make a ‘crazy’ dream a reality this season. There is no doubt that Liverpool are in the ascendancy over Manchester United, but the definitive proof could come sooner than anyone expected.