1. Time for change.
In recent years Manchester and Chelsea have contested the Premier League title and the ‘top 4’ has been set in stone. The current campaign has shown that the best league in the world is also the most competitive in the world too. With the likes of Everton and Liverpool fighting amongst the leagues best it makes for exciting viewing.
If the Premier League were decided on only goals scored by English players counting, Liverpool would have walked away with the title. Diversity and foreign talent has its benefits, however it’s easy to forget we watch the English Premier League. With players such as Glen Johnson, John Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge all influencing Liverpool’s title charge, England’s World Cup hopes look brighter and brighter. Why not get behind those lads now?
- Steven Gerrard.
The England captain’s reaction following the 3-2 victory over Manchester City was one that football fans can relate to. He showed real passion and emotion that should be expected from all professional footballers. I would love to see the Liverpool legend lift the trophy; he deserves it.
- Brendan Rogers.
Brendan Rogers has shown that he is possibly the best, most tactically astute British manager in the game. His attacking philosophy is one to be admired and encouraged amongst English teams.
- The club, city and fans.
It has been heavily publicised in recent months what Liverpool fans have been through with the Hilsbourgh appeal, so much so the club’s magnificent history is often overshadowed by the tragic event. Throughout this the working class city, the club and fans of Liverpool Football Club have been impeccable in their behaviour and commitment to their team.
Following Manchester City’s two supremely convincing domestic cup victories, over fellow Premier League outfit West Ham and Blackburn Rovers respectively, both Vincent Kompany and former Manchester United trainee Robbie Savage have come out suggesting winning the Premier League, F.A. Cup, Capital One Cup and elusive Champions League in one season is not beyond Manuel Pellegrini’s men. With Manchester City on the verge of their 100th goal this season from just 33 fixtures in all competitions there is no denying their attacking strength in the form of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, however whilst form continues to bring Man City up to speed with the best clubs in Europe, it raises the question… Is the Quadruple a possibility for any team?
Whilst the Manchester City captain has emerged as one of the most consistent and reliable centre backs in world football, placed between the England number one and African Footballer of the year, his view of the quadruple being ‘only a matter of time’ seems naive.
For a team still under a relative transition period following Roberto Mancini’s departure in the summer, the failure to win the F.A. Cup and defend their first top flight title since 1968 came as a set back for the ‘noisy neighbours’. Achievement in all competitions requires an incredible amount of fixtures that would demand a squad of such strength and depth that no club team in the world has. For a club that has lost to Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland already this campaign, I simply do not see them having the consistency to compete for the most competitive league in the world as well as overcoming Europe’s finest such as Munich, Madrid and Barcelona.
Local rivals Manchester United performed the sensational ‘treble’ in 1999 with the ‘Class of 92’ as the driving force. But whilst the top three Ballon d’Or contenders play away from the Etihad, the ambitious quadruple really does seem a long way off.