Liverpool fans have been through quite a lot since the days in which their side dominated the English game. Okay, in recent memory the Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Cup have all made the trip to Anfield, but there is now a whole generation of fans of the Reds yet to see the big one being held aloft by their team.
We are of course talking about the league title – which the club haven’t won since it was re–branded as the Premier League – with their last taste of glory way back in 1990. The 2013/14 season under Brendan Rodgers is the closest they have come, with the swashbuckling football and the Luis Suarez factor very nearly enough, but the trophy slipped – sorry, Stevie – from their grasp in the dying stages of the campaign. Manchester City snatched the momentum and ran for the finish line.
A lacklustre 2014/15, the exit of Suarez and the sale of Raheem Sterling have done little to inspire talk of another charge, but, Jurgen Klopp – now in charge following Rodgers’ sacking earlier this season – may have a better chance than his processor did a year and a half ago.
As the above tables show, Klopp’s Liverpool are closer to the summit after 14 games than Rodgers’ side were when they almost went all the way, with just six points the gap this time around.
Okay, this is no guarantee, but with no team having put together a convincing case to be deemed champions elect, Liverpool find themselves in as good a position as many of their rivals…