Stan Collymore is worried that even if Liverpool win the league they won’t be remembered as one of the greats.
The Premier League is almost back and Liverpool are two games away from winning their first title in approximately 17 million years, if you’re measuring in isolation time. It’s going to be incredible, of course (even if it is in the middle of a pandemic). But former Liverpool star Stan Collymore doesn’t believe the team or their incredible form are going to be remembered for years to come.
“Liverpool are a fine team and they will deservedly have the title wrapped up within two games,” he said in The Mirror this weekend. “But while I will celebrate my old club’s success, I will also lament that their domination isn’t just because Jurgen Klopp’s side have been so good but also because plenty of others around them have been bad.
“Liverpool’s dominance is not a sign that we’re seeing the greatest sides ever, it’s about a limited number of clubs being able to fill out squads because they have the biggest budgets, something that puts other clubs in leagues at a competitive disadvantage.
He added: “Liverpool have been exceptional but will they go down as one of the great all-time English clubs? No, for the reasons above they will not. There are issues in the Premier League that are starting to echo in the Bundesliga, La Liga, and Ligue 1, where no more than a handful of teams have the money and there is a brain drain of the top talent towards them.”
Collymore definitely has a point about money in football and what that’s meant for the quality of some games, but to say that the 2019-20 squad is going to be forgotten because of the quality of other sides doesn’t seem fair or accurate. It obviously remains to be seen if we’ll talk about this team for years to come, but it’s more likely that the conversation around the 2020 squad will be overtaken by other things happening around us than whether or not Liverpool vs. Norwich City was a wash.