Liverpool Quadruple bid on track

Liverpool moved a step closer to a historic Quadruple after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final – with the Reds’ bid having now gone further into a season than any other English side before them.

Jurgen Klopp’s side once again beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley, having secured their first trophy of the season with an 11-10 penalty win in the Carabao Cup final in February.

Saturday’s FA Cup final was an enthralling goalless draw that ended in another shootout, with Kostas Tsimikas scoring the winning spot kick as Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties.

Liverpool have surpassed the Chelsea side of 2006/07, whose own Quadruple challenge lasted all the way until May 1 of that campaign before losing to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.

The next leg of the Quadruple will comes in the race for the Premier League title, with Liverpool facing Southampton on Tuesday evening in their penultimate game.

Liverpool are three points behind City as we enter the final two games of the season after an impressive unbeaten run in the league saw the champions’ seemingly unsurmountable 14-point lead on January 15 evaporate.

In total, Liverpool will face a gruelling seven-match schedule in May, having also reached the Champions League final on May 28 when they face Real Madrid in a repeat of the 2018 showpiece event.

Prior to this season, the closest any top-flight side had ever got to winning all four major trophies in a single campaign was Chelsea back in 2006/07.

Heading into May of that season, Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back Premier League champions had already landed the League Cup after beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium, while they had an FA Cup final date to look forward to with Manchester United, who they were also going toe to toe with in the league.

However, the Blues’ challenge ended when they lost on penalties to Liverpool at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, while they would also go on to lose their title to United.

Manchester United also came close to making history in 2008/09, only to slip up in the semi-finals of the FA Cup when losing 4-2 on penalties to Everton, although they did then get beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in that season’s Champions League final in Rome.

And, of course, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side have had numerous Quadruple bids as well since the Catalan arrived at the Etihad, the closest being in 2018/19 and last season. However, the former challenge was ended by Tottenham in the Champions League last eight and the latter after a defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool’s current quest, though, will last at least until the FA Cup final with Chelsea on May 14, meaning their Quadruple campaign will have lasted longer than any other English team’s in history.

  

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