Liverpool must show they are not turning into Tottenham when they face them at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Two weeks ago, after their 1-1 draw at Everton, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher likened his former club to Spurs, stating that the bigger sides in the Premier League don’t worry about them.
"Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs aren’t concerned about what they do," Carragher said, as per the BBC.
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For a club with Liverpool’s history to be compared to Spurs may come as an insult to their fans. Spurs’ trophy cabinet simply can’t compare to Liverpool’s with their two top-flight league titles compared to Liverpool’s 18 and five European Cups.
But what importance does history have when you can’t repeat those triumphs?
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Liverpool may have won the previous five encounters with the north Londoners but, like it or not Liverpool fans, your club have, in fact, been worse than Spurs recently. Since the 2009/10 season, Spurs have finished above Liverpool on five occasions whilst the Reds have only finished higher once, in the 2013/14 campaign.
Also, the Merseyside club haven’t witnessed a trophy in three years so you can understand Carragher’s statement from that point of view.
But it really is an insult for a club to be compared to Spurs.
Spurs have gone almost eight years without winning a trophy. That trophy being the, less than impressive, League Cup. Their last trophy before that? The League Cup in 1998/99 season.
If you don’t count the League Cup, the last significant trophy Tottenham won was the Fa Cup in 1991. Liverpool will never go that long without a significant trophy in the modern day.
They may have gone a quarter of century without a Premier League trophy, but with new manager Jürgen Klopp, this might just be the start of a new chapter for Liverpool. The German said that he believes he can win the title in four years at the club – something that seems a lot further away for Spurs.
Liverpool fans are often mocked for repeatedly looking into the past to bring up former glories but it’s time to start showing they haven’t become the new Tottenham and to change the fact that “big clubs aren't concerned about what they do.”