Liverpool are on the verge of something great. And while there is still plenty of football to be played this season, the simple fact is a club that has been also-rans for too long are well and truly back where they belong.
A win against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon and that Premier League trophy should finally find its way into the hands of Steven Gerrard – arguably the greatest English top-flight player never to enjoy a title win.
And it is the Reds’ captain’s influence that former player Vladimir Smicer believes has been the catalyst for an outstanding season.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the former Czech international said of Gerrard, “He’s incredible. He’s a good leader.
“When we were playing and he was in the team, I knew that we had a far better chance to win the game than without him.
“Steven understands the game really well. He has changed his position, but his performances have got even better. I think with age you have to sometimes change your game.”
He has certainly done that – with the help of Brendan Rodgers – and is on the verge of leading what his manager has tipped as being a resurgent giant awoken from its slumber.
For now Gerrard is likely to be thinking of nothing more than another three points – this time against Jose Mourinho’s side – but as Smicer intimated, his very presence in the team could inspire his teammates to their greatest campaign in years.