The Reds had played themselves into pole position for English football’s top prize a few weeks ago, but a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea and a dramatic late collapse which led to a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace allied to Manchester City’s results have left them hoping for a minor miracle on the final day of the season.
Liverpool’s rise has been somewhat of a surprise, with Brendan Rodgers’ men having finished seventh last season and missed out on Europa League qualification.
In respect of that this season has been a massive success on Merseyside, but Hamann – a part of the iconic 2005 Champions League-winning team – feels that they will look back on 2013/14 as a missed chance:
“If Liverpool don’t win the title, it will be a huge missed opportunity. In football you have to take your chances when you get them.” He told the Liverpool Echo.
“Even though nobody expected them to be in this position, they are there on merit.
“It’s not as if they have punched above their weight. They won 11 games on the spin and you only do that if you are a top team.
“They deserved a shot at the title and it would be a huge opportunity missed.”
Despite the feeling of negativity at Anfield, Liverpool can still win a first ever Premier League crown by taking three points from Newcastle on Sunday as long as City slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham.
And Hamann – who also played for the Sky Blues – feels that the pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini’s side:
“The title isn’t gone, City will still need something on the final day to be champions.
“It’s far from over.”