Liverpool fans will have felt agony on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season having gone so close to winning the title. Although they never actually led on the final day, only being level with eventual champions Manchester City at times but it could have been in their own hands.
The Reds ended the season just one point behind Man City having won 28 of their 38 games across the campaign, drawing eight and losing just twice – fewer than any other team in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp has wasted little time dwelling on the narrow defeat, already spending big to bring Darwin Nunez to Anfield.
However, Liverpool have also bid farewell to modern icon Sadio Mane who has left to join Bayern Munich, meaning the Reds front line will have a fresh look in 2022/23.
Naturally, Liverpool are among the favourites to win the Premier League this season and are expected to once again push Man City all the way. Can they get past them though?
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If Liverpool don’t manage to win the Premier League, the Reds should still be a shoo-in to finish in the top four. It’s now been six years since Liverpool last finished outside the Premier League’s top four, ending the 2015/16 in eighth as Klopp had to come in to steady the ship following Brendan Rodgers’ departure.
After that, Liverpool secured back-to-back fourth-placed finishes but they haven’t finished lower than third since – including their first league title in over 30 years in 2019/20.
The other agonising result for Liverpool in 2021/22 was their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Liverpool started their Champions League in perfect fashion, literally, winning all six of their group stage games to finish top ahead of Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan. Despite that, Liverpool were handed a potentially tricky last 16 tie against Inter Milan which they won 2-1 on aggregate, losing their perfect start in a 1-0 defeat in the second leg, however.
However, after that Liverpool looked comfortable in the knockout stages. First they beat Benfica 6-4 on aggregate, which included a 3-1 win away from home in the first leg, before knocking out Villarreal in the semi-finals.
But a seventh European Cup was just too big of an ask against a Real Madrid side that eventually claimed their 14th.
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Liverpool were just two games away from winning the Quadruple in 2021/22, the closest an English men’s team have ever gone. While many teams can fall away early with the EFL Cup, Liverpool built their Quadruple campaign off the back of their EFL Cup win over Chelsea, beating the Blues on penalties.
A repeat of that result also brought the FA Cup to Anfield, completing the set of trophies for Klopp, also beating Man City en route. But one failure on the final day of the Premier League season was followed by another in the Champions League final, and Liverpool ended the campaign with just two domestic cups.
As Liverpool learned, winning the Quadruple is an extremely tough task and it may be even harder given the change in schedule with the World Cup this winter.