It was one point last season, if you remember. That was how narrow the gap was.
That was the margin by which Liverpool lost the title to a Manchester City team which is owned by one of the richest states in the world, which buys the best players in the world, which heads a worldwide network of subservient sister clubs and which has one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport.
Liverpool pushed them that close. Oh and Liverpool got to the Champions League final, too. For the third time in five years. And they won the FA Cup and the League Cup. They were two wins away from the Quadruple. And then, in the summer, they lost one of their most important players, Sadio Mane, who wanted to join Bayern Munich and whose wish was granted.
And now, because they have had an indifferent start to this Premier League season, which is all of eight games old for them, because they have even lost a couple of matches and fallen well behind Arsenal, who top the table, some people are saying — apparently with a straight face — that if Liverpool lose to City at Anfield on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp should fear for his job.
Getting rid of Klopp would be as brainless and as pointless and as self-defeating as splattering tomato soup on a beautiful work of art. And I’m not just talking about what the German boss has created at Anfield in the seven years he has been in charge.