If Liverpool win the Champions League this season they will have overtaken Manchester United's famous treble winning side of 1999, reckons former Reds star Jamie Carragher.
Jurgen Klopp's side are closing in on their first Premier League title after Monday night's 3-2 win over West Ham, but defending their European crown may prove harder.
Atletico Madrid smothered Liverpool in their round of 16 first leg clash last week, winning 1-0 and preventing the visitors from having a single shot on target.
In a debate on Sky Sports after the Kop outfit beat the Hammers 3-2, pundits Carragher and Gary Neville were considering which are the best English team in history.
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And the former Reds defender thinks retaining their trophy in Istanbul, the scene of the club's incredible 2005 triumph, would put them ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson's side who claimed glory in Barcelona against Bayern Munich.
“The whole point of doing this was talking about the Liverpool team right now and Man City," Carragher began.
"Both teams are in a position where, right now, they are on the cusp of joining the greats and maybe being at the top," he said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show.
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“If Liverpool were to get to three Champions League finals in a row, that’s unbelievable.
"If they went and did the treble, that would surpass the 1999 Manchester United team because they won the Champions League last year, so these two teams really are so close to joining this elite.”
United accumulated 91 points on their way to beating Arsenal to the 1999 Premier League trophy, losing three times along the way.
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Liverpool have yet to taste defeat in the top-flight this season and could yet add another 33 points to their current total of 79.
The Reds have a tough FA Cup fifth round draw in the form of a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea next Tuesday (7.45pm).
United beat Arsenal in their 1999 semi-final thanks to Ryan Giggs' memorable weaving run and blasted finish past David Seaman.
- Gary Neville
- Jamie Carragher
- Jurgen Klopp
- Sir Alex Ferguson
- Champions League
- Liverpool FC
- Manchester United FC
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