Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday, living up to their reputation as two of if not the best teams in Europe.
The stalemate means that just one point separates the clubs in the Premier League going into the final seven fixtures, while both remain active in the Champions League, and meet each other in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Liverpool scooped up the Carabao Cup in February to end the Citizen’s four-year retention of the trophy, and due to that win, Jurgen Klopp’s side have the opportunity to record a historic quadruple.
Pep Guardiola’s City, on the other hand, have the opportunity to finish the season with an equally historic treble. In addition, this season could even finish with both sides having achieved a double each.
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City and Liverpool face each other in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, knowing that the winner will set up a final against either Crystal Palace or Chelsea. In the Champions League, if both Guardiola and Klopp manage to guide their sides to the final, they will face one another at the pinnacle of club football, meaning that both sides will have to say on the success of one another’s seasons.
City became the first English men’s team to win the domestic treble in 2019, winning the Premier League, the League Cup, and the FA Cup. But the Champions League still evades Pep Guardiola’s side, having been defeated in the final of the competition last season by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
In addition, City have League Cup and FA Cup doubles on three occasions, in 2014, 2018 and 2021. Liverpool on the other hand do have experience of treble-winning seasons.
In 1984, Joe Fagan guided the Reds to the club’s only ever League, League Cup and European treble, while in 2001 Gerard Houllier led his side to an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble. The Reds also have a rich history of doubles, with seven different Liverpool sides recording this impressive achievement, the most notable being the 1976-77 League and European double.
The only other club to win the League and European Cup double is Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson first guided United to this achievement in 1999, when they went on to win the treble, and won the double again in 2008.
If either Guardiola or Klopp manage to achieve a League and European double, they will certainly be in esteemed company. But perhaps the two most historic outcomes for the season is if Liverpool achieve the quadruple, or both sides win a double each.
There has never been a quadruple-winning English side, and two English teams recording a double a-piece is also an unprecedented scenario. There is still a lot of football to play between now and the end of the season, but if City and Liverpool continue to raise the bar, this season will finish as one of, if not the most historic in English footballing history.
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