Following last Sunday's final round of Premier League fixtures in the 2021/22 campaign, Liverpool fans tasted the disappointment of the narrowest of loss possible in the chase for the domestic title. Having taken a late 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, unfortunately for us, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side staged an incredibly late comeback of their own over Aston Villa
to reopen that single point gap at the top of the table, sending silverware their way.
It has been a great season for Jurgen Klopp though, and despite the recent Premier League disappointment, lifting both domestic Cups (the FA and the League) should not be sniffed at, and of course, it could get even better for the red of Merseyside this coming Saturday as we face off against Carlo Ancelotti's Read Madrid side in the Champions League Final with a chance of grabbing the treble.
Understandably with build up to the match well underway, one player who knows both clubs well from his time as a professional is our very own youth graduate Steve McManaman and he has conducted a few interviews recently for Betway Insider
- but more on that in a minute.
What should temper the lingering league disappointment should be the knowledge that at one stage during the season, Klopp's first team trailed our City challengers by 14 points
(albeit with two games in hand) and many thought another title rocking up at The Etihad Stadium was almost an fait accompli for Guardiola's expensively assembled side and it proved to be anything but an easy run in for them, as Liverpool were true to Klopp's word that they would chase them as hard as they could and make the title race as 'annoying as possible' until the end of the year.
Living up to that promise and taking the title challenge down to the final ten minutes of both games, should leave the players incredibly happy with their efforts so far, and leave them full of motivation and determination to not taste disappointment again in what is our final game of the season over at the Stade de France on Saturday evening.
Having taken the league title down to the final few minutes, Real Madrid should be prepared for Klopp's side to battle on until the final minute of this tie, and should we do that, in spite of the talent and quality they boast, we have a number of players who are capable of an unexpected moment of genius and that brings us back to former England winger Steve McManaman's
recent interview as we could have our very own moment of history, as he recalled one of the Champions League's very best goals from French legend Zinedine Zidane.
"It came out of nothing really, I think the average person would have controlled it, he decided to hit it with his so called weaker foot, his left foot. He caught it really nicely. Again, not a surprise. When you look around the dressing room, at your team mates, you know what they can do and what they can't do. You know whether they can volley the ball or whether they'd rather control the ball and try to take people on. He was one who could hit it from a great height because he'd done it many times before. And he was ever so graceful, Zizou, and it was not a surprise that it went flying into the net."
Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah is certainly one player capable of such a moment, now we just have to see if he gets his chance.
Written by Alan Spencer