Liverpool have in the last five years transformed into the team to beat in English football and one of the most feared sides in European football. It was a long process but we’re finally here and ready to enjoy the land of milk and honey…and Premier League titles. It looks like our neighbours are going through their own transformation now, Liverpool fans may have to accept that Everton are on their way to becoming challengers.
Doubters into believers
When Jürgen Klopp took over at Liverpool his mission statement was to turn doubters into believers.
The German gaffer arrived with the club and fan base low on confidence. The Reds had recently come close to a first league title in decades, falling just short in 2013-14.
In the five years since the boss has thoroughly achieved his aims. He has turned Liverpool into a force to be reckoned with, dropping just 32 points in his last two league campaigns.
Spirit of the Blues
Everton sacked Marco Silva in early December of last year, shortly after the Blues were humiliated at Anfield.
Before the New Year the Toffees appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager, an appointment which caused some commotion.
The coach has won the Champions League on three occasions, his hiring was clearly a massive statement of intent.
Since arriving, the Italian has been steadily moulding his Everton side and it looks as though he’s doing a great job. The Ev won all of their games in September.
Liverpool could face Everton challenge
Now, let’s get this right. We don’t think Everton will be pushing us for the title this year.
However, they could well be one of the strongest sides in the chasing pack – it could be the Ev that finish 20 points behind us in second place.
If the Toffees continue to progress under Ancelotti there’s no reason to believe that they won’t be up there as challengers next season or the season after.
Liverpool fans may have to accept the uncomfortable realisation that Everton are on their way back and they’re no longer going to be the soft touches they have been in recent decades.
Personally, I welcome this. Liverpool as a city dominating football is an exciting prospect, as long as the Ev always finish second. Hopefully we’ll return to those Wembley finals where the entire crowd is screaming “MERSEYSIDE, MERSEYSIDE”.