Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend and one of the greatest footballers to have played in the Premier League.
Yet, there has always been a suspicion that he would have to retire without winning the championship.
The 33-year-old midfielder has won pretty everything there is to be won in club football – the FA Cup, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the League Cup.
However, he has never had a Premier League medal around his neck, but things look very promising this season.
With just four rounds of matches left in 2013-14, Liverpool find themselves two points clear at the top, with their destiny in their own hands.
Gerrard has been an influential player for Brendan Rodgers’ side this campaign and is playing some of his best football in even in his mid-30s.
The England international is not that box-to-box midfielder of yore and has reinvented himself in a more disciplined role, allowing others to surge ahead of him while he sits back and orchestrates the movements from the ‘hole’.
He played his role perfectly at Anfield on Sunday when Liverpool got the better of title-rivals Manchester City 3-2. It was his 30th appearance in the Premier League this campaign. Over the course of the season, Gerrard has scored 13 goals and provided nine assists, a vivid testament of how much he has excelled under Rodgers in his new position.
Following the match, Liverpool legend Alan Hansen hailed the Reds captain and claimed that it would be a “crying shame” if he does not become a Premier League champion this term.
‘Steven Gerrard is four games away from winning his first Premier League title with Liverpool and it would be absolutely fitting for him to finally achieve it this season’, he wrote in The Telegraph.
‘Gerrard has won the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup in a glittering career but it would be a crying shame if a player of his calibre was to finish without claiming the ultimate prize.
‘If you ask any professional footballer, they will tell you that a league title is the bread and butter and while it will not be Steven’s swan song this season, because I fully expect him to keep playing for a number of years, this is the one he has been waiting for’.