Simon Mignolet has told The Mirror that he thinks Liverpool can emulate the great Manchester United sides of the 1990s and dominate English football.
The 31-year-old, who joined Club Brugge from the Reds last summer, struggled at times at Anfield. He was regularly lambasted by portions of the club’s fanbase, made some high-profile errors during his time at the club, and was even criticised by manager Jurgen Klopp for speaking to the media about his unhappiness.
However, he has no hard feelings, it would seem, and he has tipped his former side to dominate football in England like the Reds Devils did under Sir Alex Ferguson. He said when asked if they could emulate United: “Why not?
“They’re still a relatively young team. It started when I was still there and was only heading in one direction.
“Last season we won the Champions League and winning that first trophy was very important for the dressing-room.
“Once you have that in the bag, you build on it. The hunger is even greater to win trophies and you want to get your hands on the next one.
“The stability is there and, if you’ve got so much quality up front, with Sadio, Mo and Roberto, then you’re incredibly strong.”
Liverpool, this term, have been imperious. As it stood before Leicester City faced Wolves on Friday, they had their hands on a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League, which is the biggest such margin in the history of English football’s top tier. Manchester City, the current champions, were expected to be involved in the title race but, to be honest, there hasn’t even been a race to talk about.
However, dominating like United did is easier said than done. The Red Devils won six of the first eight Premier League titles since it was formed in 1992. No other side in the Division has actually won the title as many times as that – United since went on to win it on 13 separate occasions.
Of course, Jurgen Klopp’s team are in a position to perform at a high level for another couple of years at least – none of their regular starters are yet 30, with many aged between 27 and 29 – the peak years of a footballer. However, you expect Manchester City to strengthen in the summer – they have spent at least £50m in all of the last five seasons, and over £100m in four out of five – whilst Chelsea have already started their summer spending by agreeing a deal to sign Hakim Ziyech.
Next year, everyone will be hungry to stop Liverpool, and defending a title is far from easy. Whilst the Reds are doing fantastically this year, it is a little premature to say they can go and dominate like one of the best sides in English football history.