2014 will not be forgotten in a hurry if you're a Liverpool fan. Though the title race ultimately ended without the Reds picking up their holy grail, the Reds have undoubtedly been on an incredible journey this season which saw them [briefly] return to the Champions League. There were several memorable victories in the first part of the year as week after week, the side was greeted by hundreds of people on Anfield Road trying to roar the side on. Here are five of the highs the Reds had in the past year.
1) Liverpool 4-0 Everton - January
There is nothing really like beating your biggest rivals, to dismantle them is something else. This was billed as one of the biggest Merseyside derbies in years, and Liverpool took Everton apart. Steven Gerrard headed in a Luis Suarez corner to further enhance his excellent record against the Toffees, then a quick-fire double from Daniel Sturridge finished the game before half time as a contest. Suarez ran the length of the field to make it four, and Sturridge missed the opportunity to get a derby hat-trick when he skied a penalty into the Kop. Despite that last bit, it's still a derby that will live long in the memory for the Reds.
2) Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal - February
It was one of the most extraordinary opening 20 minutes produced by any Liverpool side. Two goals from Martin Skrtel within the first 10 minutes got Liverpool off to a flyer before Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet themselves. In amongst all that, Luis Suarez hit the post with a stunning volley with Kolo Toure missing an open goal on the rebound. The Reds added a fifth in the second half when Sterling got his second, but regretfully conceded when a rash Steven Gerrard challenge resulted in a penalty for Arsenal, that Mikel Arteta cheekily converted.
3) Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool - March
It was as comprehensive performance and result in living memory that Liverpool have produced at Old Trafford. The Reds took advantage of David Moyes' struggles at United, and took a deserved lead at half-time when Steven Gerrard converted a penalty after a handball from Rafael. Within a minute of the restart, the visitors had another spot-kick when Phil Jones brought down Joe Allen. Gerrard converted that chance and had an opportunity to score a hat-trick of penalties when Nemanja Vidic was adjudged to have brought down Daniel Sturridge, but Gerrard hit the post on this occasion. There was still time for a third for the Reds when Luis Suarez latched on to Sturridge's mis-hit shot to round off the scoring.
4) Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City - April
An incredible day at Anfield. The game closest to the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was always going to be an emotional affair - and there was also a key contest in the title race. Win and it was in Liverpool's hands. They made the perfect start when Raheem Sterling latched on to a Luis Suarez through ball to cooly finish before Martin Skrtel doubled Liverpool's lead from a Steven Gerrard corner. City had their chances before half-time but were denied. The introduction of James Milner proved effective for the visitors in the second half as he set up David Silva, with Silva becoming the architect of Glen Johnson's own goal soon after. The Reds won the game when Philippe Coutinho capitalised on a Vincent Kompany mis-kick, but Liverpool lost Jordan Henderson to a late red card, and Daniel Sturridge to injury. After the game, Anfield was on such a high.
5) Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets - September
Although the Champions League campaign didn't end in the way Liverpool will have wanted it to, having the taste of the competition they hadn't been in for five years was a highlight. An unconvincing performance it may have been, as Mario Balotelli gave the home side the lead with 10 minutes to go, only for the Reds to be pegged back in stoppage time. Javier Manquillo's persistence won the home side a penalty for Steven Gerrard to convert to give the Reds a winning return. It was nice for Liverpool to be back, even for a short time - and enhances that appetite to return again sooner rather than later.