Liverpool may have the opportunity to push for a quadruple this season. It’s the first time they can do so under Jurgen Klopp.
Is it likely? No. No team has ever achieved the quadruple and the chances of Liverpool doing it are very slim.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Liverpool can fight on four fronts next season. That, as much as anything, shows the progress under Klopp.
Liverpool have simply passed up the FA Cup and League Cup in recent years. They haven’t had the depth to rotate in major competitions and so the lineups in the cups tend to be lacking.
This year, though, with the improvements made by young players and the return from injury of others, gives them a chance. Divock Origi is now a match-winner, capable of playing – and winning – the biggest games.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back and will add a new dimension to the squad. Rhian Brewster adds new hunger and goals to the attack. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have improved so that all four of the centre-back options are reliable.
Suddenly, Liverpool’s rotated squad looks like a winning one – even without new signings– and the cups are real possibilities next season.
One thing ‘complicating’ Liverpool competing for a quadruple is the Club World Cup, however.
It will dominate December, pushing fixtures around and causing a pile-up. We may find that Klopp sacrifices a cup to survive it.
But then, perhaps Klopp simply isn’t satisfied with a quadruple. Is the quintuple on?