Liverpool’s quadruple dream ended by Man United

Liverpool's quadruple dream ended by Man United

Liverpool's quadruple dream ended by Man United

Liverpool's dream of winning four trophies in Jurgen Klopp's final season is over after Manchester United snatched a last-minute winner in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Liverpool's dream of becoming the first team to win all four trophies in one season is over, after yesterday's disappointing defeat at Old Trafford.

The result means there will be no final Wembley appearance for Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds exiting the competition at the Quarter-Final stage.  Klopp has of course already tasted success at Wembley earlier this season, as Liverpool beat Chelsea to lift the Carabao Cup, but it would have been fitting if Liverpool could have given Klopp one final Wembley visit, as his final season in charge of the Reds draws to a close.

There is still plenty to play for of course, with Liverpool in the Quarter-Finals of the Europa League, and in a three-horse race with Arsenal and Manchester City for the Premier League Title, and in a funny sort of way, dropping out of the FA Cup might do Liverpool a favour, with 2 fewer games to play, and the pressure of trying to win the Quadruple no longer there.

Many of Liverpool's players will now head off on international duty, and while this can often be an unwanted distraction, the break might just have come at a good time for Klopp and his players, many of whom looked exhausted at the end of yesterday's game.

Liverpool simply ran out of steam

Since the turn of the year, Liverpool has been battling an injury crisis that has seen up to ten first-team players missing most weeks.  And while such a crisis would derail most clubs (just look at how Newcastle have fallen away this year), Klopp and his players have found a way to keep winning, week in and week out, regardless of the pressure or circumstances.  Yesterday was simply one game too many.  Even though Liverpool fought back from going a goal down, they never looked totally in control, squandering chances they would normally score, and giving United hope that the game was not lost.

Liverpool's next game is not until the 31st of March when Brighton & Hove Albion visit Anfield in the Premier League.  Between now and then, many of Liverpool's players will play at least one international game, so they will not be getting much time off, but as the old saying goes, "a change can be as good as a rest", and many of the players may benefit from focusing on something other than Liverpool, the title race and the Quadruple.

For those who are not on international duty, such as Salah, and the younger players who have stepped up to the first team during the injury crisis, the next two weeks will be a chance to relax and unwind.  For Klopp too, there will be the chance to stop and rest, even if it's just for a day or two, before planning for the final six weeks of the campaign.

Only time will tell if the Premier League and Europa League trophies are added to the Carabao Cup in the Anfield trophy cabinet, but whatever happens, we should all spend the next two weeks appreciating the journey Jurgen Klopp has taken us on this season, and preparing for an incredible end to the season.

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Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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