Liverpool ace Jose Enrique has given Manchester United fans plenty to talk about, after posting an image to his Instagram account that details how the Reds still trump their long-term rivals on trophies won.
Before Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down at Old Trafford United were able to catch up with, and then surpass, Liverpool’s record of 18 English titles, giving Merseyside supporters less to brag about when it comes to pub discussions and general debates over which team has claim to being England’s dominant historical force.
Of course Brendan Rodgers nearly drew blood back last year, and his Luis Suarez-inspired side came agonisingly close to trumping Manchester City. However, it was not to be, and a second-placed finish, impressive at it was, left them two short of United’s 20 title victories.
In the immediate aftermath of a 2-1 loss at Anfield to Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils one would assume that Liverpool players would be keen to stay away from the stats table, but Enrique has proved an exception to that rule.
What history says
Valiant as his stand may be, one has to question the logic behind such a statement when Liverpool haven’t won a major trophy since 2006 (we’re not keen to put League Cup in the bracket of major trophy).
Almost a decade without such silverware has left Liverpool ripe for the picking, and though they may lay claim to more trophies than any other English side, the majority of that success was enjoyed prior to the turn of the millennium.
United, in contrast, enjoyed an abundance of glory whilst Ferguson was in charge, and though they’ve fallen off the wagon since his retirement fans will be quick to point out that they were largely considered the dominant force in English football until 2013. Neutrally speaking it comes down to a matter of perspective, and both sets of supporters have plenty to argue about.
This season's standings
This season it looks once more like United will have the last laugh, with Van Gaal’s side firmly in the Champions League places and Liverpool five points short of the top four with just eight games left to play. Rodgers’ men still have Arsenal and Chelsea to play, whilst United’s run in sees them square off against both of those clubs plus Manchester City.
Of course Liverpool can still win the FA Cup if they manage to negotiate a replay fixture against Blackburn Rovers, and if they do that it will go down as a successful season all things considered.
Liverpool fans, United fans, the stage is yours. Which club should be considered the biggest in England? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...