Liverpool impressed in their Champions League quarterfinal win over Manchester City. Here’s why they can go all the way.
Only five club’s in the history of the Champions League (and European Cup) have lifted the title on five or more occasions. In 2005, following the magic of Istanbul, Liverpool joined that illustrious group and solidified their place as European royalty. The Reds are the joint-third-most successful club in terms of titles won and carry a storied history in the competition like few others. From Paris to Turkey, they’ve won the lot.
But things have been different in recent years. Liverpool recorded a resounding aggregate victory over Manchester City on Tuesday to qualify for the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in a decade. It has been a difficult journey for the Merseysiders during which they only qualified for one of the last five Champions League campaigns. Even then the club was eliminated at the group stage.
Jurgen Klopp has turned things around, though, and parity seems to have been restored. A bitter defeat in the 2016 Europa League final proved the catalyst for Liverpool’s revival and the club are now back among the elite, challenging for Europe’s greatest club trophy. Here are five reasons the Reds can add title number six to their cabinet.
1. The sea of red scarves
Soccer without supporters is nothing, and a good fanbase can be the difference between winning and losing. Liverpool are lucky then that they have the best. Whether home or away, no group of fans can match the atmosphere created by the club’s massive following. The noise which emanates from the Kop on a European night is enough to intimidate even the most seasoned players. The impact of the atmosphere created by the Anfield faithful was evident on the Manchester City’s players in the first-leg mauling and the traveling fans matched the effort in the away leg. The Premier League champions-to-be were beaten before they even stepped out onto the pitch.
The Champions League final will be played in Kiev rather than at Anfield but with a semifinal tie against Roma in store, the supporters will be in full voice to get the club to over the line. Istanbul was made possible by the passion from the stands and with flares, flags and full house of singing Scousers it can be the driving force behind Liverpool lifting the trophy again.