It almost turned out to be the perfect season for manager Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool first team squad in our 2021/22 campaign. It was a mixed domestic league campaign for a while, but the players kept on plugging away and proved Klopp's promise that we would push Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side all the way, by closing what was at one stage a 14 odd point gap between the teams down to a single point.
With two trips to Wembley
in both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup, with those trophies bolstering our already hugely successful trophy cabinet, a dream domestic triple almost came true as the Premier League battle went down to the final day of action, and having taken a 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield, we really could not have done much more as City staged their own late come back over Aston Villa to pip us at the death by that single point.
With the Premier League largely seeming to be a two horse race between ourselves and Guardiola's City in recent years, you would get good odds on a Premier League betting
site for one of the two to be winners again, and the 2022/23 campaign is set to be just as enthralling and both sides have strengthened well so far in the summer transfer window. We all know they have added Erling Haaland to their ranks and his goalscoring record in the German Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund deserves applause, but fans will be just as optimistic about our capture of 23-year-old Darwin Nunez for a reported £64 million given his own goalscoring exploits for Primeira Liga legends Benfica.
With build up well underway for Friday's evenings big Premier League kick off between manager Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace and Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, former Liverpool and England right back Glen Johnson sat down with former Republic of Ireland, and Manchester City, centre half Richard Dunne to discuss both sides chances in the coming campaign in an interview for Betway Insider, and although most would begrudgingly accept that City have been the more successful side in more recent seasons, Klopp's spell with us so far has simply added further success to our rich and illustrious history, and there is simply no debate to be had when it came to the question of which side was the biggest club.
Dunne initially offered up his thoughts
"Man City are a side that have grown, the fanbase is getting bigger and bigger, but Liverpool's a monster of a club."
Before 54 time capped Johnson added:
"United, Liverpool were winning trophies before we were born you know and City, like you say, they're obviously a force of a club and they will go on to win things for many, many years but, you know that history is just the bit you can't replace at the moment."
And they certainly will not start chipping away at that history until they finally break their duck in the UEFA Champions League - and even if that should happen, they have still got a long way to go in terms of catching up on success.
For now, it is simply all eyes to Saturday's early kick off at Craven Cottage as we renew acquaintances with again promoted Championship side Fulham. If we can have the season we know we are capable of
and further add to July's Community Shield success over them, the bigger club question will continue to be hugely irrelevant.
Written by Alan Spencer