‘Liverpool will come back stronger next season’. That’s the message that club legend Kenny Dalglish wants to send out to the fans.
The Reds are on the verge of finishing second in the Premier League this season after looking good for their money to win the title. Heading into Sunday’s final round of fixtures, Brendan Rodgers’s side need to defeat Newcastle United at home and hope that West Ham United pick up all three points against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
A title triumph is still possible for the Merseyside outfit, but it is unlikely. Nevertheless, Dalglish, who is one of the greatest players to have ever turned out for Liverpool, believes that the 2013-14 campaign would still be a successful one.
‘They won’t come back next season feeling complacent’, he wrote in The Mirror. ‘And I don’t think they’ll come back deflated because they got so close, either. Actually, they will have loved getting so near to the title. It will have given them the taste for glory. Next season, they will want to take the final step’.
At the start of the season, Liverpool’s ambition was to finish in the top four of the Premier League. But as the 2013-14 campaign has unfolded, Rodgers and his men have grown in stature and in confidence, and now they can still win the championship. Liverpool’s football this season has been marvellous to watch as well, their pace, aggression and attacking mentality have all contributed to many neutrals cheering for them on Sunday.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool’s title challenge will falter next season. With Champions League commitments, the squad will be stretched (although signings will be made in the summer), and Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and perhaps even Tottenham Hotspur will all be competing for the title.
However, Liverpool have regained their winning mentality and next season they will be a force in the English top flight. For years, the Merseyside club’s ambitions have been restricted, but now after a truly successful season, they can start believing in themselves.