Liverpool and Manchester City have both been praised by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, for being “exceptional teams” over the past five years.
Despite the fact that they haven’t been able to match City’s Premier League accomplishments, he thinks Jurgen Klopp’s team should be classed in the same category as his Gunners side of the during the mid-2000s:
“I would say the team between 2002 and 2004 was certainly the most dominant in the league. We had very good teams, always. It’s like at the moment, you have City and Liverpool in the last five years being the dominant teams and are exceptional teams.”
“Liverpool won the championship only once but that doesn’t mean when they finished second they are a bad team. They are still a great team. When you lose a championship over 38 games by one point, you cannot say it is a failure.
“It is still a fantastic season for Liverpool. People always speak only when you win, but there are seasons when you don’t win where you have still played fantastic football.”
Wenger made a fair assessment, and if Liverpool wins at least one or two more championships, they will likely be remembered as one of the greatest teams in history.
That seems very possible given that Klopp is set to remain at Anfield until 2026, though Pep Guardiola’s presence at City could make things a lot harder. The Spaniard’s current contract does expire at the end of the season, but he has stated his desire to stay in Manchester much longer.
Liverpool needs to improve if they want to be in contention for another Premier League title after drawing their first two games of this season.