Liverpool's '10 games from greatness': The football history already being written in their attempt for the quadruple

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, quadruple
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When the late Gerard Houllier said that he hoped his Liverpool side were “10 games from greatness” in April 2002, the Frenchman was referring to a potential Premier League and Champions League double. “The vision is to win both,” he said.

A week later, that vision was cut in half after a nightmare Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayer Leverkusen that saw one of the most infamous substitutions in Liverpool’s history, replacing defensive midfielder Dietmar Hamann with attacking midfielder Vladimir Smicer and conceding three goals in the final half an hour to fall to a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

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Matt Ladson is the co-founder and editor of This Is Anfield, the independent Liverpool news and comment website, and covers all areas of the Reds for FourFourTwo – including transfer analysis, interviews, title wins and European trophies. As well as writing about Liverpool for FourFourTwo he also contributes to other titles including Yahoo and Bleacher Report. He is a lifelong fan of the Reds.