John Barnes believes that Jürgen Klopp doesn’t need to win a trophy to have a successful season and says progress in the Premier League would suffice.
Friends of mine that support Manchester United often ask me what I would consider to be a successful season given the point that Klopp is at in his managerial tenure and the money that has been spent.
It’s not something that I ever have a ready answer for but if I had to choose between the club making significant progress in the league or winning a trophy, I would say that most times I would choose to win a domestic cup.
While Arsenal are living proof that domestic cup runs don’t count for much when league progress is non-existent, Liverpool haven’t won a trophy for six years and even winning the annoyingly named Carabao Cup would mean a lot to our fanbase.
For Liverpool legend John Barnes, however, progress in the Premier League has to be prioritised.
He said: “Well, would we rather get silverware and win the League Cup and finish 25 points behind City or finish second behind City by three points and not win silverware?
“That for me is more important. That shows progress. That shows that you’re going to be consistently challenging at the highest level for the league and that will mean they’ll be challenging in cup competitions.
“So the whole idea of needing silverware, for me, is not as important as getting much closer to the top.
“Because if you’re much closer to the top of the Premier League, that means that you’re consistently winning matches and playing well which would help you in cup competitions as well.
“Yes, it would be nice to win a trophy, but I’d rather not win a trophy and finish second, seven or eight points off the top.”
Barnes’ comments could prove to be a point of contention with Liverpool fans, with some fans like myself desperate for silverware but given the way the club is heading, progress in the league and winning a domestic cup isn’t impossible.