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Jenas – Liverpool must match United’s 1999 treble to be great

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21 Apr 1999: Manchester United celebrate Andy Cole's winner in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match against Juventus at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, Italy. United won 3-2 on the night to go through 4-3 on aggregate. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport

Jermaine Jenas insists for Liverpool to be considered great they must not only win the league, but they must also match Manchester United’s 1999 treble.

Liverpool has just about wrapped up the Premier League title. They are likely to secure first place in record time.

However, the never repeated treble by United in 1999, in the benchmark for greatness according to BBC pundit Jenas.

In the FA Cup, although they made hard work of it, Liverpool is still in it and will face Chelsea in the fifth round.

The defense of their Champions League crown saw then et off to an indifferent start after losing to Napoli.

Writing for The Express, Jenas insists one league title will not be enough. The benchmark for greatness is much higher and longevity is also a key element.

He said:

“Liverpool’s challenge now is to become a team for the history books.”

“They are capable of achieving that.”

“But only then will we be able to compare Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the modern-day benchmark.”

“The Manchester United treble-winning side of 1999.”

“They could win the league ridiculously early in mid to late March.”

“But what if they don’t add the European title and/or the FA Cup? What are they then?”

“Just another team who won the title?”

“Or the double like United, Arsenal, and Chelsea have?”

“They’d be just another successful team. They have the chance to be much more.”

“Klopp’s squad has to become a team that we talk about in 20 years’ time, like the way we still talk about that United team.”

“To do that you need to go and win the treble.”

“That ‘99 team won the Premier League but had already won it in four of the previous six seasons.”

“Then they won it the two seasons after ‘99 as well.”