Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said he believes there will be more chances for Liverpool to win the title in the next few seasons, as it looks as though the Reds will fall short in their quest to become champions for the first time in 24 years.
The former Reds’ striker said the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield which ended an 11 game winning run was when he feared the worst, and it was followed up by a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after the side had a three goal cushion. But Aldridge called for a bit of perspective.
In his Liverpool Echo column, he said: “We didn’t lose the title at Selhurst Park, losing to Chelsea at Anfield was the real killer. Once it was no longer in our own hands, I feared the worst.
“Yes, we should have won the league with the position we found ourselves in but I don’t want to be too harsh because it’s been a wonderful season.
“Let’s have a big of perspective. We’ve gone from seventh to second in the same season as Manchester United have gone from first to seventh.
“Yes, this was a great chance to win the title but I’m convinced there will be more opportunities to come over the next few years.”
Aldridge also highlighted several performances as a reason the Reds can take heart from their campaign, including big victories over Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton – teams who were all on the end of a hammering from the Reds at some stage during this campaign.
With Liverpool back in the Champions League next season, there will be question marks over whether they can mount just as serious a challenge with European football back at Anfield next season, though if they add enough quality players they can come up with that opportunity again.
The hardest step they say is going from second to first. Perhaps the experience of this season can drive them on.