Paul Merson believes Liverpool Jurgen Klopp will not be eligible to coach the season unless his team wins the Premier League – Also while putting their cup success on luck.
The Reds are one point behind league leaders Manchester City to advance to the final and the chances of completing the quadruple are slim.
City are expected to claim their fourth title in five years, beating Aston Villa on Sunday. It would not be considered a failure for Liverpool, who won the Carabao Cup in February and the FA Cup earlier this month.
There is also a chance to win the Champions League against Real Madrid next week.
Merson believes Klopp doesn’t deserve the best managerial title despite all that and will instead award it to City manager Pep Guardiola.
Written by the former Arsenal midfielder daily star Column: “If Manchester City win, Pep Guardiola is still the manager of the year. And now it’s harder than it was when Manchester United won.
“The Premier League is the ultimate. Playing 38 games in the toughest competition in the world. If you win, you are the best. Jurgen Klopp has done an absolutely amazing job at Liverpool this season but if he doesn’t win the league he won’t tell me. Not manager of the year.”
Merson went on to claim that Liverpool were able to ‘pass’ through the Champions League groups including Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Porto.
Atletico Madrid were dominating the La Liga champions and AC Milan are in a dramatic position to win Serie A in this campaign.
The 54-year-old also finds the feat less impressive as Liverpool will need a penalty shootout to beat Chelsea in both finals.
He continued: “Don’t forget that Liverpool were part of the Champions League group and were able to pass and won both domestic cup competitions on penalties. They didn’t win the match.
“You would be wrong if you think that if City win the league and Liverpool only win the treble, they must be disappointed somehow. I don’t think so at all.
“I’m happy Liverpool are racing to the final. It’s amazing to win two cup finals, enter another competition and push Manchester City all the way through. It’s about Premier League, 38 matches, home and away.
“To be the best in the country. Don’t be fooled by all this hype about the Champions League. It’s about pride. You can lose more games in the Premier League than you play all season and still win!”
Liverpool continued their hopes for a title with a 2-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday evening.