UEFA highlight Lisbon Lions' Celtic quadruple as Liverpool attempt the feat
UEFA have today put a spotlight on the incredible Lisbon Lions quadruple of 1967 as Liverpool attempt to replicate the feat.
Should Jurgen Klopp’s side manage it, they’ll become the second club in footballing history to do so. The first? Jock Stein’s iconic Celtic side.
Back in 1967, the Lions won every single competition they entered. The Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Cup, the League Cup, and of course the European Cup. A quintuple if you also count the Glasgow Cup victory that season too.
And as many begin to get hooked on whether Liverpool can achieve the English version this season, UEFA have reminded everyone that Celtic are the only team to ever complete it.
European football’s governing body today produced an article titled “Has any team ever won the quadruple?”. Within it, they mention those who have managed to win trebles including the Champions League. But they make sure to recognise that Celtic are the only team to win 4 tournaments in a single season.
Liverpool are currently 2-0 ahead in their UCL tie against Villarreal. In addition to that, they have the League Cup in the bank and have progressed to the FA Cup final against Chelsea. They currently sit 1 point behind Manchester City in the Premier League too.
Celtic achievement will forever stand on its own
You can’t degrade what Liverpool are attempting to achieve this season. It’s incredible stuff if they pull it all off. It would say a lot about the sensational football team they’ve built there.
However, what Celtic did under Jock will forever stand on its own. Remember, all of Celtic’s players that year were born within a 30-mile radius of Glasgow. Money wasn’t being splashed around the way it is now, and certainly not in the manner EPL clubs do.
There’s a reason that achievement is so iconic. Not just in the eyes of the Celtic supporters, but in terms of football lovers worldwide. It’s what puts Celtic on the map as one of the biggest clubs in world football.
It’s good to see UEFA highlighting it today. Especially as some down south will no doubt be thinking Liverpool would be the first team to achieve it should they succeed.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Should Klopp and his side manage the quadruple, they’ll be following in the footsteps of Celtic’s greatest ever side. Something that won’t ever be forgotten.