Why Carragher is right to compare a potential Liverpool title win to Shankly and Paisley triumphs

Carragher Defends

The former Liverpool defender says it could be as big a triumph as the 1965 FA Cup final and the 1977 European Cup final wins.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has written in his Daily Mail column that if the Reds were to win the Premier League this season, it would rank alongside other prestigious events in the club’s history.

Carragher said it would be compared to the 1965 Liverpool side which lifted the FA Cup for the first time, and the 1977 European Cup winning side, which started a spell of dominance for the club in Europe.

He wrote: “If Liverpool were to do it, the achievement would be on a par with Bill Shankly’s FA Cup triumph in 1965 or Bob Paisley’s European Cup success of 1977. Even though Liverpool have won 18 titles, this would feel like a first, such is the hunger and desire to get there.”

Both wins were momentous in Liverpool’s history. The FA Cup in the 1960’s was the competition that every side and player wanted to win. Though Liverpool had won the league championship in 1964 and 1966 under Shankly around that triumph, the FA Cup win seems to be talked about a lot more as Liverpool overcame Leeds 2-1 after extra time at Wembley. It was something the legendary Liverpool boss had targeted.

The European Cup triumph in Rome was the start of a period of dominance in Europe after Liverpool had beaten Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1. Having won the trophy on four occasions between 1977 and 1984, it built on the two UEFA Cup successes of 1973 and 1976.

Both of the momentous wins that Carragher mentions are remembered fondly by past generations, but this generation of Liverpool fans don’t have stories quite like those – stories that signalled an era of Liverpool dominance or that they were the team to beat.

They may have the cup treble of 2001 to talk about, the improbable European Cup victory in Istanbul from 2005 - which were both remarkable moments in the club's history - but not a league championship.

The 1965 FA Cup triumph signalled that Liverpool had reached the pinnacle of English football, the 1977 European Cup was the same but for Europe. A league title this season signals that Liverpool have fulfilled a long-awaited ambition of reaching the summit of English football again.

Given where Liverpool have come from, if they do land the title, it will be a story told for many years to come.

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