Liverpool will head into this weekend’s round of fixtures in the Premier League placed at the top of the table and will be looking to extend their lead further.
With six more matches left, Brendan Rodgers’ side have their destiny in their own hands. If the Reds win their last six games, which include the visits of Manchester City and Chelsea in April later this month, then they will win the championship for the first time in the Premier League era.
The Northern Irishman has played down his side’s chances of clinching the title all season, claiming that his main target is to help the former European champions regain their place in the top four of the Premier League. Liverpool went top last weekend for the first time since Christmas and still he refused to speak of the title, publicly anyway.
But perhaps the 41-year-old is now gradually starting to realise that he cannot shun away from the stark, naked truth that Liverpool are in with a genuine chance of winning the league.
Rodgers admits that it will not be easy to realise what has been a dream for over two decades for the club’s supporters, but believes that his players can handle the unimaginable pressure that they are under at the moment.
“If you ask players to play as we do, you have to give them the confidence. That is what you want - the courage to play,” The Mirror quotes him as saying. “We work to deal with pressure, to get on the ball. The players know 100% that if they make a mistake, I will take the blame.
“I have said all along I feel that when there are pressure situations, the players can cope... they can operate at this level without any fear. You see the confidence, there is no anxiety, no pressure. We have a wonderful mix: world-class players, young talents from Europe and South America and a load of young British talent here who show that, technically, they can play without fear.
“It is very difficult, lots of people are dreaming about Liverpoool winning the title. But for me it is installing in the players that there’s a process, it’s not just about the end result. It’s been about simple hard work, focus and concentration. There are only 18 points to play for, but you can only take three at a time. Upton Park [where Liverpool face West Ham United on Sunday] will be a tough game for us but our confidence and belief is at a good level.”
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to toeing the line, admitting that he has seen flashes of him lifting the Premier League title for the first time in his career.
The 33-year-old midfielder has won pretty much everything there is to win in club football except the league.
Now he cannot wait to get his hands on the trophy that he has watched with regret other teams like Chelsea and Manchester United win regularly.
"I think I'd be a liar if I said no,” Sky Sports quotes him as saying when asked if he was dreaming of the championship. "It is flashing in and out of my mind from time to time, but I am trying to get it out as quick as it is going in because nothing has been achieved yet.
"It is important for myself and the players to try to not forget about the dream but try to park it up, as dreams only happen when you get the job done and there are six hard matches still to play."
Can Liverpool do it? If they can pick up points against City and Chelsea on Merseyside, then there is every chance that Gerrard’s dream to become champions of England will finally be realised.