Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 28th May after Carlo Ancelotti’s team produced an incredible late comeback to shock Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s charges looked nailed on at 1/1000 to be facing Liverpool in Paris, but 100/1 shots Real Madrid produced another wondrous performance in this competition to break City hearts.
The Reds meanwhile keep getting shorter and shorter for the quadruple, and are now into 5/15/1 to be the first English side to land all four major trophies in a season with the Anfield club just one point behind a Citizens side that face Newcastle this weekend.
The Champions League now looks more likely, with the Reds shortening from 10/11 at kick-off last night to 1/2 now.
Just a few weeks ago, they were 8/1 to win the lot, after being as big as 66/1 after landing the first trophy back in February, and 125/1 after City’s defeat to Tottenham with their place in the Champions League quarter-finals looking assured.
Rewind a couple of months earlier to their festive stumble and the Reds were 750/1, albeit still shorter than the early season 1500/1, after their 3-3 draw with Brentford.
The quad is still a tall order, and even six wins from six might not be enough, however that would assure them of a cup treble, something Liverpool fans would surely take, with City as short as 2/5 for the Premier League.
But nobody in the Liverpool dressing room will be daring to look any further ahead than the next game, when they’ll face a test in Tottenham, with the chance to go top, perhaps only temporarily, ahead of City’s clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
Mariah Carey & Westlife were Number 1 with ‘Against All Odds’ in September 2000, the last time Newcastle won a top flight game in the blue half of Manchester, and Klopp will be hoping for a performance similar to that song title from the Geordies with City surely hurting after that hammer blow in the Spanish capital.
Man City have kicked on from that 2000/01 campaign when a side including George Weah got relegated with the Geordies having very little to shout about down there in the 22 years since Alan Shearer wheeled away with a trademark header.
Newcastle will have aspirations to become what City are now, and as Liverpool witnessed last week, they’ve improved massively under Howe with Reds backers crossing their fingers that Pep’s side show some vulnerability after their midweek exertions in Madrid.
Optimistic City fans, if there are any after Wednesday night, will take solace in there being no more distractions, and that they can now go all-out for a sixth Premier League, but considering the position they were in a few weeks ago, it’s the minimum they’d expect.
By Steve Freeth