At the start of the season, many would have been expecting Liverpool to be doing all they could to defend their Premier League crown and remain at the top of the table.
Of course, as the campaign went on, it became evident that a new team would be crowned the 20/21 Premier League champions, with Manchester City eventually obtaining that honour.
For Liverpool, the real battle has been to try and secure themselves UEFA Champions League football next season by finishing in the top four; something that is in real jeopardy but is now in their own hands after Alisson Becker decided to channel his inner outfield player and bullet a world-class header into the corner of the goal against West Bromwich Albion in the dying moments. Indeed, those who used sportfogadas.net for Hungary sports betting to try and find the best sportsbooks will not have been able to predict that from happening!
And, despite having won the Premier League and UEFA Champions League with the club, manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that obtaining a top four finish would be “one of the biggest achievements, ever.”
He went on to admit that he could understand that it sounds strange considering everything he has done with the Reds, however he continued to remain firm behind his claim.
“Massive, absolutely massive. It will be one of the biggest achievements, ever,” Klopp mentioned to Sky Sports.
“I know how that sounds but it’s the truth. Everybody here sees it like that.
“If you are going to write a book about a season and you want to be depressed afterwards, you would probably take this season.
“You read it and then think, ‘that happened, and then that happened.’ Most of the things you would never get in public, it’s just that we had a lot of things to deal with.
“But, here we are. Whatever happened this year, it gave us the chance to hold our destiny in our hands with two games [to go.]”
Of course, injuries have really hurt Liverpool this season, particularly in defence, as Klopp has had to make numerous changes to his backline which has not helped with continuity, consistency or even trust at times.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all went down with long-term injuries earlyish into the season, which led to Fabinho and Jordan Henderson going into the back with the likes of Ozan Kabak, Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips all playing roles as well.
Henderson also went down with an injury to further highlight the troubles that Klopp’s side have had this year, whilst the usually-deadly front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been inconsistent – bar the efforts of the Egyptian.