If Liverpool win their six remaining games they will become champions for the 19th time and for the first time since 1990. Can they get over the line?
There won’t have been many tipping Liverpool to lift the Premier League title this season – and there won’t have been many more tipping them to get in the top four. A lot of the predictions were that Liverpool would be finishing in sixth place – one place better than last season.
Now they’ve hit the front with six games to go. Manchester City and Chelsea are to visit Anfield and all of the away games appear winnable. Six wins from six games and Liverpool will be champions.
If someone had said that Liverpool had a chance of winning the title after 32 games at the start of the season, there probably would have been a lot of laughter. It involves beating the riches of Manchester City and Chelsea, the champions of Manchester United, an Arsenal side that has always been in the top four and no matter how hard sides try they just can’t seem to get rid of them.
It would also mean finishing above a side that spent in excess of £100m in the summer on players, it would involve overhauling a total of six teams and a rapid improvement on the 61 points collated in Brendan Rodgers’ first season at Anfield.
Their home record boasts 14 wins from 16 matches, only five points dropped and the two main challengers to visit Anfield. Momentum is certainly with Liverpool.
Though Rodgers will be taking things one game at a time. Today his focus will be purely on the trip to West Ham United next Sunday – even if the name of Manchester City slipped out of his mouth in a Match of the Day interview.
The rest of the fixtures will be viewed as banana skins, but in those four encounters against West Ham, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United Liverpool will be strong favourites to pick up all three points.
At Anfield at the moment it seems as though Liverpool look and feel as if they could beat the best and whatever is put in front of them. You can also feel the buzz around the city, parts of the city in particular were jumping after their main title rivals dropped points on Saturday.
Their dressing room, for all of the younger players that are getting a significant amount of game time, does have experience. Kolo Toure was part of the Arsenal side that went an entire season unbeaten to win the title, Glen Johnson has won it at Chelsea, as has Daniel Sturridge. Then there’s Steven Gerrard who knows more than most what it would mean to lift the Premier League trophy at Anfield. There’s a pretty good mix of youth, experience and talent at their disposal. Though some players may not be out on the field for 90 minutes, their impact shouldn't be underestimated away from the heat of battle.
For some of the romantics in football, Liverpool lifting the league title this season will be one of the great stories in the modern game. They don't have a bottomless pit of cash and have somehow transformed themselves, from a club that three and a half years ago was winning its big battles in the courtrooms instead of on the pitch.
How times have changed. If Liverpool do manage to get over the line it will be the most memorable seasons in the club’s history, if not the most. The final six games are going to be some ride.