Jurgen Klopp picked out his two favourite games of the season as Liverpool won the Premier League title. We have a look back at each of them.
When asked about his favourite moment of Liverpool’s season, Klopp had this to say – “There are too many moments to mention one. But when I look back, I have two games.
“My two favourite games of the season are the Leicester away game and the Sheffield United home game, to be honest, because they were just absolutely exceptional.”
So let’s have a look at them.
Leicester City 0-4 Liverpool
“Leicester for different reasons, because coming back from Qatar nobody knew exactly how it would feel and then playing this game – I didn’t expect that that night and was completely over the moon about the performance. It was absolutely outstanding.”
It seems a very long time ago now but there was actually a point where Leicester were Liverpool’s primary challengers. The Foxes had climbed above Manchester City and were second when the Reds went to the King Power on Boxing Day.
More than that, Liverpool arrived there having been in Qatar just five days previously for the Club World Cup. And even on top of that, this was Liverpool’s ninth game in 30 days. It appeared to be one of the season’s toughest fixtures.
But Liverpool absolutely crushed Leicester, winning 4-0 away from home in a sensational performance. We called it the best of the season and still believe that. It was a perfect example of the Jurgen Klopp machine, where the Reds blitzed Leicester to create chances early on, scoring quickly.
Then they controlled the game to limit their opponents’ chances. Leicester didn’t have a shot on target, after all. And when the hosts did push Liverpool back, the Reds got another on the counter.
A truly complete performance. The greatest showcase of this wonderful team.
Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United
“They made life uncomfortable for us there [and for] a lot of teams. The way they play and the way they are set up, it’s really not easy to find a way in and that night we were near to perfection. I liked that game really a lot.”
This one came a week after the Leicester win, highlighting what an incredible time this was for the Reds. Liverpool hadn’t had a week off in a month-and-a-half, playing 12 games in 37 days ahead of the meeting with the Blades.
And Chris Wilder’s side were flying high, too, as they looked on the brink of the top four. You can add a few other notable aspects surrounding this one, too.
For one, avoiding defeat would mean Liverpool hadn’t lost a Premier League game in over one year. But they were also facing a side they’d struggled to beat away from home.
The away tie finished 1-0 to the Reds but a Dean Henderson error allowed Liverpool to score with their first shot on target, 70 minutes in.
And so an exhausted Liverpool side hosted a tricky side that was playing very well. They had a record on the line and the knowledge that they struggled in the last meeting.
The fact that Liverpool walked away with a comfortable 2-0 win explains why Klopp sees this as one of the games of the season. The Reds won like champions thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Winning the title
This was undoubtedly the period where Liverpool won the title. The win over Leicester kept their momentum going and stretched out their lead. The win over Sheffield United kept things at 13 points, while getting past one of the trickier fixtures left.
Any hopes for the others that the Liverpool season would collapse really ended with these two results.
It’s no surprise that Klopp holds the performances in high regard, then. When we tell the story of this campaign, there may be no better examples of the Liverpool machine.