With the current Liverpool squad appearing to be a very tight-knit unit at the moment, would the mood be likely to change if the Reds failed to win the Premier League title again next season?
Jurgen Klopp is now almost four years in charge at Anfield. He spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund where he turned them back into one of the powerhouses of the Bundesliga, winning the league on two occasions.
During his time at Dortmund, Klopp had to deal with players like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze leaving the club. The manager’s undoubted talent and charisma were not enough to keep those stars from joining arch-rivals FC Bayern.
At Liverpool, Klopp has built a great young squad which, theoretically, could play together for the next four or five years.
James Milner, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet are the only squad members over 30 and, of those four, Milner is the only one who realistically pushes for a starting place regularly.
Yet, players want trophies, they want medals around their neck, to leave their imprint on the sport and have a legacy attached to their name.
Last month’s Champions League triumph gave the squad the biggest possible prize in European football so that will appease many for now.
The big one for many Liverpool fans, however, is the league championship. Most Reds supporters view a Premier League title as the ultimate prize now. Next May, it will be 30 years since Liverpool lifted the league title.
At a club with such a passionate fanbase, the players, no matter what language they speak or where they’re from, will know by now that the league title is the one the fans want most.
Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané are all 27 now. They will be well aware that they are now in the prime years of their careers. Virgil van Dijk is 28 – he seems very happy at Anfield but could that change very quickly if others become unsettled?
Salah has two Swiss Super League Winners’ medals to his name. Mané won the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg while Firmino has no domestic league title to his name. Van Dijk won two Scottish league titles at Celtic. None of those players have lifted a domestic league trophy in any of Europe’s big five leagues (England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany).
All four are contracted to Liverpool until 2023 but, as we saw with Philippe Coutinho’s exit, if you make it clear you’re no longer committed to the clause then Klopp and co will bid you farewell.
The one solution to all of this? Go and win the Premier League.