Jurgen Klopp has underlined that this is only Liverpool’s first chance in the title race, promising that there’s more to come.
The draw at Old Trafford on Sunday has left Liverpool ‘just’ one point clear at the top of the table. That perhaps doesn’t feel like much, considering the opportunity to go seven clear last month.
In reality, it’s incredible, of course. Liverpool, against all odds, lead a Manchester City side that won the title by 19 points last season.
However, this isn’t the first time that the Reds have threatened to win the Premier League. All the other times ended in disappointment, though, something Klopp is quick to point out.
Klopp on Liverpool’s first chance
“Obviously a lot of Liverpool teams before us tried to be champion and it didn’t work out so it was always the manager or the team or other stuff like that,” Klopp said, reports the Guardian. “There is always a moment when, if we are not 25 points ahead, a season gets tricky.
“One generation has to break through, to make it happen, and then for the rest it will be easier. It would be nice if we could be that.
“This is not our last chance – that’s a very important thing. This is our first chance. There’s a massive difference. With the first chance, you jump in, then see if it works out. Sometimes it does, sometimes not.
“This will not be our last chance, 100% not.”
Klopp is right in that there’s no good reason why Liverpool’s first chance would be their only chance. The fans, however, will have a different perspective.
Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, and Brendan Rodgers have all led title challenges over the last 20 years. All three failed and were subsequently out of a job within two years.
That’s not the price of failure, it should be said. Rather, none of them were able to rebound from the disappointment and go again, although admittedly for varying reasons. Instead, the following seasons were nigh-on disastrous.
Again, there’s no good reason why Liverpool couldn’t have another go at things. But history has shown that the first chance ends up being the last chance and one way or the other, Klopp must finally change that.