It certainly can’t happen this season, but Brendan Rodgers is absolutely convinced he will eventually end Liverpool’s long wait for the league title.
The Reds were on course for a first championship since 1990 last season, until they were defeated at home to Chelsea and then threw away a 3-0 lead to surrender two points at Crystal Palace. This was all the encouragement Manchester City needed, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side went on to top the table by two points to claim their second Premier League crown in three years.
Despite spending heavily in the summer in the wake of Luis Suarez’s £75million move to Barcelona, it has been a disappointing season for the Anfield club this time round, and they have never been in the race for the title. Rodgers, though, remains satisfied with the progress he has made at the club since his arrival in 2012, and is confident he will end their long wait in the near future.
“The club was eighth and you’d never have even talked about it but I think it’s a mark of how the club has moved forward that there is such disappointment we haven’t challenged this year,” said the former Swansea City coach. “I have absolutely no doubt it will happen. We have to continue to find ways to develop players, work to the idea of how the owners want to work and find a way to break in. That’s something that I’m very hungry to do. And I won’t rest in my time here until we do.”
A place in the top-four would be considered a success for Liverpool now, yet even this looks to be a big ask. They travel to Hull City on Tuesday night knowing a win would still leave them four points behind fourth-place Manchester United, with just four matches of the campaign left to play; and unfortunately for the Merseyside club, one of these is a trip to champions-elect Chelsea.
In regards to their wait for the title, today (28 April) marks the 25th anniversary of the last time the Reds were crowned champions of England. They claimed this with a 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, and the team Kenny Dalglish selected on that day reads as follows: Grobelaar, Hysen, Burrows, Nicol, Venison, Hansen, Molby, Rosenthal, Rush, Barnes, and McMahon.
Is Brendan Rodgers the man to end Liverpool’s wait for the league title, or do the Reds needs to look towards someone with a better track record?