Do Liverpool have the legs to win an unprecedented quadruple?

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Liverpool could clinch an unprecedented quadruple of EFL Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League glory, but do they have the legs to carry them to a feat no other English side has ever achieved? If you think they do, why not try to make a small profit on it at .

The Reds already bagged the EFL Cup back in February with a win over Chelsea, sit just behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race and have reached the finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League, where they will face Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively.

The four crunch matches that will decide their fate at the end of this season begin with a return to Wembley in a repeat of the League Cup final against current European Champions Chelsea, who will be looking for revenge for their protracted 10-11 penalty shootout loss to The Reds to win the season’s first piece of silverware.

The FA Cup might have lost some of its importance over the years but a battle between two fierce rivals, and the added impetus of keeping a quadruple of silverware alive, mean perhaps the least important of Liverpool’s games during the run-in takes on extra importance. 

Chelsea will be looking to clinch the cup in their only chance of silverware after being dumped out of the Champions League and forced out of the Premier League title race. Jurgen Klopp’s men can expect a tight final where their opponents on the day won’t just roll over, putting strain on players already tired from a taxing season.

The depth of talent in their squad was evident in the EFL Cup final, where solid reinforcements in Ibrahima Konaté, James Milner, Harvey Elliott, Diogo Jota and Divock Origi were brought on to finish the game, which is certainly a 

In the league, Liverpool’s victories have become more hard-fought, proven most recently by a dogged 2-1 away win over Aston Villa in which they came from a goal down to win. An injury in that game to star midfielder Fabinho – a player described as the heartbeat of this Liverpool side – could also affect their title challenge.

The Brazilian has been an integral part of Liverpool’s side, playing in 29 of 36 league games and scoring 5 goals so far this campaign. A team backbone of Allison, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah seem to mask the importance of Liverpool’s number 3, but his importance may be felt in the title run-in, which sees them travel to Southmapton before rounding off the season at home to Wolves on May 22.

The Reds currently sit behind Manchester City and can only hope for victory in their last two league games. They would need results to go their way to stand any chance of nicking the title away from the current champions, who face Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa in their final games, the first of those two away from home.

Should the Reds get through those games in one piece, the small matter of a Champions League final in Paris against Real Madrid stands in their way of a clean sweep of four trophies this season.

The Anfield outfit’s love affair in Europe continues in a repeat of the 2018 final which Madrid won 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv inspired by Welshman Gareth Bale and after a controversial injury to Mo Salah caused by a tackle from Sergio Ramos which forced their star player out of the game early on.

Madrid have looked in fine form, especially led by star striker Karim Benzema who is enjoying a purple patch in the twilight of his career that powered Madrid to wins over Chelsea and then Manchester City, the latter of which were touted as favourites to win the tournament. 

Los Blancos, a rather surprising surprise package in this season’s Champions League, are on course for a 15th Champions League win should they get the better of six-time winners, Liverpool.

Should Liverpool have the legs to carry them over the line this season, history awaits them, and manager Jurgen Klopp: going to where no other English team has gone before.

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