Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has challenged his side to be remembered as one of the best teams to have ever played football.
The Reds are currently enjoying a phenomenal season, sitting 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and still unbeaten after 25 games having dropped just two points.
Jurgen Klopp’s side look on course to break a number of Premier League records and could end the season without defeat, a feat that would see them overtake Arsenal’s 50-game unbeaten run.
Can Liverpool emulate Barcelona? Five things to know…
- Liverpool have a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League.
- The Reds look set to end their 30-year wait for a league title.
- They are also still in the FA Cup and Champions League, as well as winning the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup.
- Dejan Lovren has challenged the Reds to dominate football for years to come.
- Between 2008 and 2012, Barcelona won 14 trophies.
It comes after Liverpool went agonisingly close to winning the title last season, losing to Manchester City by a solitary point despite amassing 97 in total – the highest tally for a Premier League runner up and the third-highest by any Premier League team ever.
But they remedied that by winning the Champions League and will be looking to retain their crown this season, as they enter into the last-16 where they face Atletico Madrid – as well as being in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
As a result, Liverpool are being talked about being the best team in Europe right now, such is their domination.
However, Lovren is not satisfied with that; the Croatian wants Liverpool to be remembered forever with a big trophy haul.
“I’ve been there from the beginning with Jurgen and it took quite a while, two or three years to build everything up,” he told Sky Sports.
“Let’s say, we clicked this year – maybe even last year – but we missed out by one point.
“Now we understand each other, what we need, what we want. And I especially want, that we are remembered maybe like the Barcelona team that won in four years [something like] 20 trophies.
“Why should we not do that? I think we can do it and I want that we are remembered as one of the best teams that have played – not only for this year but for many, many years.”
Between 2008 and 2012 Barcelona were hailed as arguably the best football team the world had seen as they looked to be setting up for domination under Pep Guardiola.
The Blaugrana won three La Liga titles in four years, adding two Copa del Rey trophies, two Champions Leagues – just counting major trophies. They also added three Spanish Super Cups, two Uefa Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
Liverpool have already won the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup this season and could end the campaign with five trophies should they add the Champions League and FA Cup to their inevitable Premier League title triumph.
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Lovren praises Liverpool’s dressing room atmosphere
Despite Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League, Lovren also revealed the players are still focused on being the best.
“It’s a privilege to be in the dressing-room and to see smiley faces, but it’s not just about smiley faces – it’s about how we are still reacting on the training ground,” he added.
“We are still hungry, still greedy and this is what makes us special to be honest.
“I think many other teams would go easy now with a 22-point lead but we don’t look at these 22 points. We are just focused game-by-game and this I think is the simplest way to be the best.
“It is a good experience also for the younger ones, to understand that even if you are on top you still need to work as hard as if you were in the middle of the table or in last position.”