Liverpool still have a slim chance of winning their first title in 24 years on Sunday but would need West Ham United to beat Manchester City to have any hope of becoming champions.
Savage has outlined the progress made by the Northern Irishman by guiding a side that finished seventh during the previous campaign to still be in the title race come the final day of the season, and the work he has done with several players.
The Welshman wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “He has reinvented Steven Gerrard as a quarterback, his coaching has improved Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen no end, in terms of tactical awareness – and, of course, his masterstroke was keeping hold of Luis Suarez last summer.”
However, Savage does highlight Liverpool’s defence that has conceded 49 goals this season as one area that needs improvement, and it is something he has mentioned for much of the season. It’s doubtful that he will meet much opposition to that, especially after Liverpool’s poor defending aided a Crystal Palace fightback at Selhurst Park on Monday night, when at 3-0 up it seemed certain that the Reds would go on to win the game.
Other people have tipped Palace boss Tony Pulis for the manager of the year prize after guiding the Eagles to safety this campaign, when it appeared to be an uphill task when he first took the job.
Savage also went onto say in his article that if Liverpool resisted any offers for Suarez again from the likes of Real Madrid that they could be title contenders again next season.