Gary Lineker took to Twitter to say that being just one point behind Manchester City is an achievement for Liverpool.
The former striker heralded Liverpool as an “outstanding” side and that it’s an “enormous” achievement for City to be ahead.
Lineker’s tweet came after City coasted to a 2-0 victory in the Manchester derby to regain top spot from Liverpool.
Lineker’s tweet read: “Manchester City are a sensational side.
Manchester City are a sensational side. The fact that Liverpool are only one point adrift of them is a huge achievement. Liverpool are an outstanding side. The fact that Manchester City are one point ahead of them is an enormous achievement. What a season.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 24, 2019
“The fact that Liverpool are only one point adrift of them is a huge achievement. Liverpool are an outstanding side.
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“The fact that Manchester City are one point ahead of them is an enormous achievement. What a season.”
Lineker sums up this season’s battle for the title pretty well in that both Liverpool and Manchester City have been superb.
The Reds have recorded their highest ever points tally in a league season, conceding just 20 goals and losing once.
The football has been assured, thrilling and pragmatic in equal measure, and Liverpool deserve Lineker’s recognition.
He’s right in stating that being so close to City is an achievement when last season we were 25 points behind.
To make such strides in the space of a single season is nothing short of amazing from Liverpool.
Even if this season ends in disappointment, Klopp and his squad should be immensely proud of how far they’ve come.
This is not to say that Liverpool should resign themselves to finishing as runners up.
The title race is still not over, with City facing tough games against Burnley and Leicester before the season ends.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could do his old side a favour by taking points off City.
And City’s trip to Turf Moor won’t be easy, with The Clarets enjoying an improved second half of the season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool cannot afford to drop any more points in their remaining fixtures against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.
Liverpool should be happy, even if they come second, as they’ve set themselves up for many more years of title challenges.