Former Arsenal star Lee Dixon has said that winning the FA Cup would still not be seen as success for Liverpool and Tottenham if their league campaign was not up to scratch.
The Premier League duo have not won any silverware since the Reds’ League Cup victory back in 2012, while Spurs’ last major competition win came in the same competition in 2008.
They have both been involved in the fight for a top four place in recent years, and both are involved in the Champions League knock out stages, with Liverpool thrashing Porto away and Tottenham rescuing a draw at Juventus this week.
However, with Spurs competing on three fronts, with their European action joined by the league and the FA Cup, and Liverpool remaining in two, Dixon has shockingly suggested that their success will be measured on their domestic achievements, rather than their cup exploits, despite their lack of trophies in recent years.
Speaking on ITV’s Champions League highlights show (14/02, 22:45), he said: “I think if Tottenham or Liverpool won the FA Cup, because of the power of the Champions League, the emphasis put on it, you’ll be governed by whether you do well in the Premier League.
“Arsenal, winning those FA Cups here and there, they are a club, the team are slightly in decline. Liverpool and Tottenham, they’re evolving, they’re on the up.”
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) February 14, 2018
Tottenham take on League One side Rochdale in their FA Cup fifth round tie this weekend, having seen off Newport County in the previous round, while Liverpool were knocked out by West Brom, and the Reds’ next game is against West Ham.
In other Tottenham news, Steven Gerrard has named a fringe Spurs man as the perfect signing for the Reds.