Liverpool legend John Barnes believes the Premier League champions had been really higher LAST season, regardless of ending second behind Manchester City.
The previous Reds winger has hailed supervisor Jurgen Klopp for the membership’s unimaginable final two years, profitable back-to-back Champions League and Premier League titles.
Klopp’s facet ended the earlier marketing campaign with a club-record 97 factors within the league however had been simply pipped to the trophy by one level, though maintained their flying kind to be topped champions with 99 factors this season – a brand new club-record tally.
It’s not the one document Liverpool have damaged, having additionally wrapped up the title with seven video games of the season remaining – the earliest of any group, plus a number of others.
This present Reds facet will arguably – and we imply that fairly actually – go down as among the finest groups to ever elevate the Premier League trophy… nevertheless, Barnes believes the 2018/19 Liverpool had been higher than the 2019/20 facet.
Talking to Jonny Owen and Pals on talkSPORT, the Anfield icon stated: “I used to be delighted with them final 12 months – 97 factors and ending second, profitable the Champions League…
“In actual fact I believe they had been most likely higher final 12 months, however Man City had been simply unimaginable.
“They continued that consistency this 12 months in what they did, so I have a look at it as a two-year victory, when you like – profitable the Champions League and ending second by some extent within the league after which profitable the Premier League this season, it was an unimaginable two years.
“Jurgen Klopp has introduced an actual stage of consistency and dedication and humility to the group.
“Folks at the moment are saying ‘can they do it once more subsequent 12 months’, however what we will do subsequent 12 months is we could be as aggressive as we had been this 12 months.
“Clearly groups will enhance to make it more durable, however I don’t assume we’ll be any much less constant subsequent 12 months.”
Barnes additionally made a declare that’s more likely to get Reds followers all over the place speaking…
That Liverpool’s 4-Zero Anfield victory over Barcelona within the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final ‘tops all the pieces they’ve carried out up to now – together with Istanbul’.
And right here’s why…
“You’ll be able to return to when Liverpool gained the European Cup within the previous days in Rome, and naturally there was Istanbul and also you assume that may by no means be surpassed,” he stated.
“However then there was the 4-Zero at dwelling to Barcelona, as a lot because it was within the semi-final and wasn’t to win the Champions League, that for me tops something they’ve carried out up to now – together with Istanbul.
“To beat Barcelona whenever you needed to beat them 4-Zero at dwelling with out Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah whereas they’d all their gamers, together with Lionel Messi, and for us to come back again… that’s why it’s my favorite.
“Once more, it reveals what Jurgen Klopp has dropped at Liverpool, a dedication and perception to the group – to demand that type of efficiency from the group no matter who’s taking part in, it reveals what Klopp has carried out.”