Date: 18th May 2019 at 11:00am
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Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has hailed Liverpool’s performance this season despite the Reds missing out on the Premier League title.

The Reds were beaten to the league title on the final day by Manchester City, and finished the campaign with an impressive points total of 97.

The ex-Red believes that Liverpool have impressed this season, and stated that although winning trophies is important, Jurgen Klopp’s men can’t do too much to improve.

Barnes claimed the only way they could improve is by going a whole season without losing a league game, but noted that is an unrealistic goal.

“It’s been an incredible season.” said Barnes on talkSPORT (Saturday 18th May 8:40am).

“When people talk about winning trophies, yes winning trophies is very important, but if you’ve got 97 points and only lost one league game all season, the only way you can improve is to not lose a league game.

“But that is unrealistic.”

OPINION

Although Liverpool only just missed out on the Premier League title by a single point in a title race that went right down to the final day, there are lots of positives to be taken from this season. Technically, Barnes is correct with his comment regarding league form for the Reds, and the only way for them to truly improve on this season would be for Klopp’s men to go the whole season unbeaten, which again seems pretty unrealistic. Although Liverpool may be in with a better chance to win the Premier League next season, assuming Manchester City don’t again record another staggering amount of points for the third season in a row, it would still take a lot for the Reds to improve on this season’s points tally. In the words of Barnes, this season has been truly incredible, and Liverpool could still top the campaign off with European glory, and they’re currently preparing for their Champions League final against Premier League rivals in Spurs in the next couple of weeks.