John Barnes claims Liverpool’s progress can be measured by our league performance and not by winning some of the other cups.
Liverpool haven’t picked up silverware under Jurgen Klopp and even his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, left the side empty-handed.
Barnes was speaking to Express Sport (h/t Daily Star) and was asked what a successful season meant for the Reds:
“People talk about winning trophies but they’re wrong. We could win the FA Cup by beating Swindon and Tranmere.
“You can win a trophy by not playing top teams. You can’t just win a trophy because you don’t know who you’re going to play.”
The former Red added that being closer to Manchester City would be a better result than winning a trophy and being way behind the Cityzens.
“I know people talk about winning trophies as success, but I’d rather be 10 points closer to Man City and not win a trophy than win the League Cup or the Europa League and be 25 points behind City.
“Getting close to the top of the league shows how good you really are.”
Barnes does have a point but winning a trophy has its own bonus as it provides the team with confidence. We have gone far too long without any silverware and even if we pick up the League Cup, it will provide us with a platform to build on.
The ultimate prize is the Premier League but we have to take small steps before making the big leap for the coveted title.