PHOTOS: Liverpool's three worst moments of 2014; Gerrard, Rodgers & Lovren feature

Steven Gerrard takes a question during a pregame press conference

2014 was oh so nearly Liverpool's year. But here are their three worst moments of a mixed 12 months for the Anfield giants...

The Gerrard slip

Naturally, there is only one moment any Liverpool fan can turn to when looking back at where it all went wrong. It is the moment that makes the Kop shudder - and the moment supporters of every other team seem to take most pleasure in.

It is, of course, Steven Gerrard's slip during the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Anfield. All Liverpool needed that day was a draw - but the defeat heaped the pressure on Brendan Rodgers' side and they ultimately failed to lift their first ever Premier League trophy.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool

In the months that followed, the Reds plummeted to new lows. Things never reached a full-blown crisis but Rodgers and his charges struggled badly. Arguably their lowest point was a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, a side that showed no form prior to the victory - and haven't shown any since.

Rodgers looked out of ideas as the rain poured down in south London, with fans and critics alike asking serious questions of their side.

And, in Europe, things were no better for the Anfield side. One win in six - and a narrow one against FC Ludogorets, at that - meant Liverpool's hard work to get themselves back into the Champions League went to waste.

A 1-1 draw at home to FC Basel when a win was needed was one of the low points of Liverpool's recent history as they crashed out of Europe's elite competition at the group stages. Rodgers got his tactics all wrong that day and, until a late Gerrard goal, the players looked clueless. Things have improved markedly since but the draw with Basel is one Reds fans will wish never happened.

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