Tottenham Hotspur sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday, just months after their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
And in that, you can see exactly how well Liverpool have done over the last 18 months. They suffered defeat in a final of their own, of course.
Tottenham’s fall shows just how well Liverpool recovered from their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in 2018. The Reds signed some new, key players – Alisson, Fabinho – and moved forward.
They then put in arguably their greatest season since the 1980s, racking up 97 Premier League points and winning the Champions League.
It’s easy to look back and say that it was a natural progression. They’d made the final, so they built on that foundation and improved enough to win it.
The end of Pochettino at Tottenham shows that isn’t the case, however, and that what Liverpool did is quite remarkable.
There’s a sense at Spurs that they peaked, the boss had taken them as far as he could. Performances are flatter and doubts grew over their ability to deliver silverware. Liverpool, as a club, managed to keep things moving forward.
But things could have easily gone the other way. As we’ve seen with Tottenham, the club can fall flat and fail to kick on. Now, there are other factors that led to Pochettino’s exit, of course, but there’s no denying that the atmosphere at the club played a part.
That atmosphere changed after the defeat in Madrid – it’s night and day, now and then. It’s not something limited to Spurs, either. You need only look at Liverpool after near-misses in the Premier League to see how things can collapse.
And so, with Liverpool top of the league after brilliant success last season, we should remember how well the club has done to get there after Kiev.