ANOTHER step closer to the ultimate glory for Liverpool.
I still don't believe winning the quadruple of possible for this brilliant Liverpool team, but they are getting closer and closer to that impossible dream with each passing week.
Yesterday's FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City at Wembley cleared another massive hurdle in Liverpool's trophy chase and there is no doubt in my mind they can now win the two cup competitions they are contesting.
Jurgen Klopp's side are on a ridiculous run of form and they can beat the winner of the Chelsea vs Crystal Palace FA Cup semi-final today in next month's final.
And while you would never want to write off a gritty Villarreal side in the Champions League semi-final, Liverpool are strong favourites to go through over the two legs.
The trouble is, I don't see Manchester City slipping up in their final seven Premier League matches and that means they will be crowned as champions once again.
Of course, nothing is certain in football and coming from the columnist who told all Sunday World readers in January that the title race was already over, I speak from experience here!
What we have to say is Liverpool have done a truly remarkable job to get themselves into the position they are in now, with seven Premier League games left to play, an FA Cup final on the horizon and the prospect pf a place in another Champions League final.
With the League Cup trophy already in the Anfield trophy cabinet, there have not been too many teams that have got this close to the quadruple in the history of the English game.
So all credit to Klopp and his players for putting together a run of results that has been out of this world, even though they have not always played at their very best over the last couple of months.
Mohamed Salah was horribly out of touch again at Wembley yesterday, but Klopp has enough players in his squad to win matches when one of his star men is misfiring and Sadio Mane was the hero yesterday.
His two goals blew City away in a brilliant first half from Liverpool and you have to question whether the battering they gave their big rivals will leave some lasting scars.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Then Mane had the class to finish off City when the chances came his way and if it does come down to Liverpool against Manchester City in the Champions League final next month, they will be wary of Klopp's side.
We know how desperate City are to win the biggest prize in European football for the first time and all the pressure will be on them if they take on Liverpool in Paris, which would have to work in favour of Klopp's side.
For now, City can be put on the back burner for Liverpool as they have plenty to think about ahead of their next possible meeting with Guardiola's side.
First up is Manchester United at Anfield on Tuesday night in the Premier League, which is still the biggest game in English football by a mile.
United may have been in reverse for the last few years, but the history these two clubs share both in terms of the trophies they have won and the reputation they have around the world is second to none.
Of course, this is an era when the red side of Manchester is in a bad place and from what I hear, they were pretty fortunate to get away with a win against lowly Norwich at Old Trafford yesterday.
If Liverpool play at their best against United, under the Anfield lights, they will batter them like they did at Old Trafford a few months back, when a 5-0 drubbing was handed out.
Now I'd love to see them smash them 5-0 once again, but let's not get carried away here.
Liverpool need to get the job done and beat United, which will put them back on top of the Premier League.
Then the pressure will be on City to respond when they take on Brighton the following night.
The Seagulls should be in buoyant mood after away wins at Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks, so how about another at the Etihad Stadium lads?
Liverpool then have the Merseyside derby against Everton next Sunday before the Champions League tie against Villarreal, so there is not a moment to rest here.
One slip from either side in the Premier League and it could be fatal and the same is true in a cup competition.
Yet this is a Liverpool story that is impossible to ignore and three more trophies are now tantalisingly close.
It probably won't happen, but to even be even talking about a quadruple heading into the second half of this season highlights how well Liverpool have done.
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