6 May 2014

'They blew it': Man Utd hero warns LFC won't win title for 'many years'. Agree?

It's been a fun ride, but after yesterday's capitulation against Crystal Palace, Liverpool's title dream seems to be well and truly over. It's a disappointment, but when all is said and done, this season will deservedly be remembered as LFC's greatest of the Premier League era, and the foundations are in place to move forward and build on this year's success. I have no doubt that the Reds will be challenging again next season, but Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists that it's all downhill from here.

Analysing the Palace game on Sky Sports last night, Neville warned:

"They [LFC players] will be be thinking the worst thoughts in the world now. They'll know it may be many years before they're back in the same position.

"Chelsea, City, Arsenal and United will be so strong in the next few years. They had a big chance and they blew it".


Prior to this season, many believed that it would be 'years' before Liverpool challenged for the title, and look what happened. Despite ineffective performance in the transfer market, Rodgers managed to get a paper-thin squad to within inches of the title, and that's a superb achievement, and he's eminently capable of reproducing the feat next season.

To be honest, I'm not that fussed that LFC may lose out on the title. This season is an absolute joy to experience, and for me, the journey is far more important than the destination. I may be in the minority here, but playing exciting football and losing out on the title is infinitely preferable to taking the Mourinho approach and winning the league.

I felt the same during the Roy Evans era, and sixteen years after Evans resigned, I still look back with fond memories on that period of the club's history. To Rodgers' credit, Liverpool are ahead of schedule right now; the season's main goal is achieved, and anything over and above that is a massive bonus.

Having said that, Rodgers must get it right in the transfer market this summer. I've made this point before, but if he gets it wrong again (as he did last summer), then this season's good work will go to waste, and the club will regress, just as it did after finishing second in 2002 and 2009.

In the aftermath of guiding Liverpool to second in the league, Houllier and Benitez blew it big-time in the transfer market, and if history repeats itself, then Neville is right: it could be 'many years' before the the Reds are challenging again for the title.

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87 comments:

  1. funny guy Neville, we all know Arsenal is just a top 4 contender nothing more, and United will take sometime to get back where they were know that the team is rubbish and the referees won't advantage their team anymore.

    If we make some good buy this summer (couple defender, a midfielder and a offensive player) Liverpool could dominate the league

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  2. Muhammad Ibrahim1:22 pm, May 06, 2014

    Neville, has a point. Arsenal will buy a striker in the window, so will Chelsea, Manure will buy, so will Man City, and so will Tottenham.
    This window for us is crucial, and we must get at least 3 players that will come into the first team to improve us or at the very least will help maintain standards. This season some of our losses have been evident that we lacked depth to change the game in our favor, this season it was we will score more than you with our plan A, we had no plan B which is what cost us many points.

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  3. I find Gary Neville and Carragher to be top class pundits. But it's true, we blew it.

    I also agree with Jamie in that in previous seasons (02 & 08-09) after mounting title challenges we were negligent in our transfer dealings.

    We must spend big of quality players in the ilk of: Vidal, Hummerls, Reus, Pogba etc... that type of quality.

    No more Aspas-like signings and no more deal loans.

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  4. Glad to see to see some optimism from you Jaimie, I agree with a lot of what you say, but I can't help but feel we missed a trick or two over theses last two games,we were very naive to say the least!!

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  5. Zvawada Unozviwana1:36 pm, May 06, 2014

    Neville please please! Yes Liverpool may have faltered or blown an opportunity but they havent lost it yet or have they? Chelsea, City, Arsenal and United will be stronger blah blah blah. May be yes but will that necessarily translate to a weaker Liverpool. Or have Chelsea, Arsenal and City not strong this season. Oh I see Liverpool was not in Europe and next season they will be.

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  6. The difference between true Liverpool supporters and negative no nothings is this - The title is not over Rodgers was talking out of disappointment and out of his hat - Liverpool could easily win the title - both city's games are against teams that are better away from home in fact villa are made for it.

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  7. 50-50 really. There are so many factors that will determine Liverpool's future. Holding on to Suarez and keeping Gerard fit are key to their attacking game. There needs to be sufficient back up if these fail. The whole back four needs a revamp as well. Definitely going in the right direction though. Sort this out and it doesn't matter what the other teams do.

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  8. After last night we will be building without Suarez, I cannot see him staying now regardless if Real or Barca come in for him again this summer. Last night was clearly the straw that broke him judging by his reaction, I can't see him forgiving the ineptitude of those playing behind him again. it was pathetic even by the shambolic defensive standard that Rodgers has facilitated by deploying Glen Johnson as a supposed right full back.

    If analysis was done across the goals LFC has conceded in the last three seasons, what percentage do you think have originated via his channel and because he's turned over the ball. Also as an overlapping full back, what percentage of the possession that he receives does Johnson actually achieve anything..? Usually it results in him ignoring the easy pass option for a back pass to the keeper or running into a dead end or being dispossessed trying to beat even moderate players..

    What get's me most is the British TV analysis that always glosses over his misdemeanours simply because he is a current England International in a World Cup year. If Sakho and Skrtel were England squad members then Mignolet alone would be the target...

    If I was Rodgers, getting rid of Johnson (for anyone) and getting Vito Mannone in to challenge MIgnolet would be my primary targets for this summer.


    Also if you're playing Gerrard in Lucas's role then don't play Lucas in the same slot, he looked completely ineffective last night. Either or Brendan...

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  9. FACT - one useless linesman - probably a jobs worth in his real employment has already cost Liverpool the title - nobody mentions it - if Sterling's goal at city fully two yards onside had been given and not disallowed Liverpool would already by champions.

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  10. Bobby - who are you decide who is and is not a 'true' LFC supporter? Please drop that tired rhetoric when making comments. Everyone supports the club; all this 'true supporter' stuff is superfan nonsense.

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  11. United for Life1:45 pm, May 06, 2014

    I'm sorry but anyone that says they would rather play attractive football and lose is full of shizer. Don't get me wrong the preference is always going to be to play well and win but if the only option available is to win ugly then that is what champions have to do. Its a long season and you can't win with swashbuckling performances every game. I would like to say that maybe this is why Liverpool have failed so miserably over the last 24 years or so but in all honesty this has been the first season of swashbuckling football that I have seen from them so I suppose we'll just put this one down to a fluke!!

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  12. Stickhwiththeprogramme1:47 pm, May 06, 2014

    It was the same just months ago. We wouldn't stand a chance at 4th with Chelsea, City and Spurs splashing out the cash. Rodgers seems to be a Quick learner and I'm sure he'll focus on getting the team's defensive game better next season.
    Oh, and I hate this notion last nights results was the be all end all of our title push. We were always depending on them dropping points and I don't understand for the life of it why a draw seems so incredibly plausible while a loss so incredibly impossible. I just don't ge it.

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  13. Yes, the title is still a possibility. Perhaps City might capitulate even more than LFC. You never know.

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  14. No, I genuinely feel that. I don't care if LFC don't win the league for another 10 years if the team is playing like this. Exciting football is the main priority for me.

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  15. oh the old 'plan b' one, knew someone would mention this old line. Out of interest what would your 'plan b' be? a big man up front to lump it up to?

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  16. biggestfandownunder1:52 pm, May 06, 2014

    I agree, Jaimie. A good transfer window, and we'll keep climbing. In my opinion, order of priority:
    1. LB (no-brainer. Enrique cover.)
    2. AM (no-brainer)
    3. RB (Flano and Johnson cover, if the latter stays on)
    4. F (flexible front man who can cover SAS but also play wide in addition to Boroni)
    5. CB (Kolo will probably be on his way)
    6. GK (competition for Mignolet)

    BR mentioned he's hoping for 5 or 6 players in a recent interview.

    Gerrard will occupy DM with cover in Lucas for next season. DM priority season after.

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  17. Gary Neville speaks in hope rather than from a knowledgeable perspective.

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  18. Anyone writing us off is not repeat not a true supporter at heart - that is the Liverpool way - it has nothing to do with if you attend games or come from anywhere in the world it is an essential component like dna. city or Liverpool wont decide who wins the title. so wait and see. I predicted a comeback on line at half time in Istanbul, it was in my dna.

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  19. Stringing a few passes together when it really matters would be nice, Bobby.

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  20. I agree if we don't win it could take a long time to do it but I don't accept by a long chalk we are no hopers this season.

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  21. In fairness think all teams can point to situations where they feel hard done by or indeed have have had a slice of luck. Bottom line is we are most probably going to fall just short, we had it in our hands and defensive performances have cost us. Crazy season...on plus side if we can just improve with regards the defensive side of things next season and maintain our attacking play, I think we will be challenging again.

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  22. Ian Callaghan (the old school) thinks the title is still wide open - I agree.

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  23. I agree, no doubt he's a better pundit than most thought, but there was a definite glint in his eye discussing how we have fallen short. Reckon he'd be winding up Carra no end after the show

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  24. I am behind liverpool in winning this title but with the slip up yesterday i think they have handed Man city the title... Yes they played great this season but next season, Chelsea, City wont be going thru major transformation, and with Man U new manager and cash at their disposal to buy players, i think they just mite wait more years.

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  25. Personally thought our passing was alright last night. Problem was when score went to 3-1, we should have locked up, we had 7 in their box when they broke for the second. Don't get me wrong I as all fans wanted us to press for more goals when 3-0 but at the time we conceded should have just secured win.

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  26. Make no mistake about it,this was the season LFC should have won the title but didn't.Next season LFC have to get rid of the likes of Lucas,Johnson,and the whole bench.B.Rodgers needs to learn and learn fast,because champions league will put him to the test.Then recruit at least 5 to 6 very good players,and they will be fighting for the title again.

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  27. Rodgers hasnt exactly been great in the transfer market to date,Sturidge has been a great buy but he was hardly a find concidering everyone knew he had the ability. Sahko is a joke and Allen just isnt good enough. Its been a great season but I have to to agree Liverpool will struggle to compete with Man City and Chelsea next season.Mourinho will build the chelsea team and City will give Pelligrini money to build and hes no fool.The pressure is on Rodgers in the summer.

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  28. don't forget that liverpool had only domestic competitions to play this season...next season it will be worse as you cant buy that many players and make them gel immediatelly

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  29. Man U need not far short of a whole team...and best of luck getting all those top players in a world cup year without yet confirming manager. Also having time for them to gel....throwing cash at it and hoping for a quick fix, i'm not so sure it will be that simple for them...hope i'm right! Yes the other two will be strong, but we should be strengthened too...and don't forget Arsenal, they'll want to improve. We should be in the mix, going through this might just strengthen and focus a few minds, especially the youngsters.

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  30. Dominate the league ? are you actually looking at the games or are you just making wild assumptions based on us being top of the table for now becuase in what lifetime do you think there is a dominance emerging ?

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  31. No disrespect to our past, but our title challenge this season, is heading to the last game. Which is better than 08/09 and definitely better than Houllier and Evans.

    don't think we've ever said this in on the last day(premiership era)
    "We could still win it."

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  32. Incredibly naïve tactics yesterday. At 3-0 up if you want more goals, you tighten up midfield and at the back and let the opposition come at you, they have to, and the aim to use pace to hit them on the counter-attack. Instead, Liverpool went at them. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, even before Palace scored.
    Unless Rogers adapts to a more balanced style, Liverpool will not do well in the CL. A 3-2 win at home is OK in the Prem - 3 points. In Europe it is two aways goals conceded

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  33. Well if we are going to look at it like that then ,what about Skrtls handball in the city game or the sahko challenge that should have been a peno.What about the Suarez peno against Villa in the league that wasnt a peno to salvage us a point. The list is endless,our bad defendingis what cost us the league...simples!

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  34. Just on Sakho, think its all to easy to call him a 'joke' especially given the experience of Johnson, Skrtel and Agger around him. He's still young and raw, as well as being relatively new to the league, personally think there is a beast of a player in there. Think he needs a bit of coaching and confidence, whether he gets that chance with us remains to be seen.

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  35. Can Neville tell me how my life is going to go since he clearly knows the future.


    Is he assuming that Liverpool will not buy anybody?


    He thinks they are going to sell Suarez now? After all he BS that has happened...now they will sell him or he will ant to lave?


    Maybe they do and buy themselves 3 very good players...including a defender or two who knows what to do.


    Who the hell wants to go to Tott when they have no CL and Liverpool does?

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  36. WHY would Suarez want to leave now?? NO CL until this year. A tam that can challenge for a title no matter what this pompous DB assumes and last time I checked... reading tea leaves to tell us the future was not his department.


    But now he would want to leave after all that? I will believe it when it happens...besides that.... the constant bringing it up about it like it is a forgone conclusion is tiresome.

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  37. Granted that price is no indication of ability (fellani as an example) however you would think at 18 million it was a little more than a shot in the dark which right now seems to be the case.

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  38. IMO I'd say Plan A should be our possession based attack, Plan B is sit back and counter attack (we need a better Defense though) and Plan C would be flank play, though it doesn't always have to end with a cross..

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  39. You can be sure we'll be tighter in champs league, we won't play so open against bayern, barca etc. think he's too clever a coach not to see that we will need to adapt. Honestly think the players mindset was so hellbent on scoring more goals when 3 up that we just stuck to that style even when conceding. Think Stevie and a few of the more experienced ones should of had words as a team and dug in.

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  40. Come on, Sakho is 24! He's hardly 'young' when it comes to football.

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  41. You're spot on JK. It's understandable Neville wants to stick the knife in a little what after us laughing at his club the entire season. What is important is that we as supporters acknowledge what a great and unexpected season this was. People who say Chelsea, Citeh, United and Arsenal will be so much stronger next year are basically just blowing bubbles. The thing is, Arsenal have had over a decade to challenge regularly, they invested heavily in their team in the summer and still struggle with the same consistency problems that have haunted them for years. Maybe it's because they fail to accept that Wenger is no longer such a good manager. Man U will try to invest in players but first of all need to get in at least five new ones for their first team alone and more importantly, cannot offer any European football. The upside for them is that it's not a world cup year but they also have lost the attraction of Ferguson. It all depends of course but I think they will have a pretty hard time beating a lot of clubs who can offer a lot more just on wages alone. And you could wonder how much you would want a player who only comes to you because you pay more than anyone else. As for Chelsea and City. Sure they'll compete but they already do that now. They have only lost six games so far this season so I wonder what impact people expect new players to have? They will not lose, ever? 85 points will get you very close to the title every single year. So even though other teams may also address problem areas in their teams, they will not become even more consistent than they already are. Clubs drop points against so called minor opposition every year. It happens to Real in Spain, in spite of all its galacticos. It happens to PSG in France. It happens to Bayern in Germany and it will happen to the big spenders in England. It's not about the players, it's about the team and as far as that goes, ours is as good as any and will be again next year.

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  42. According to 'Mystic Nev' we would not have even had a shot at fourth this season...truth is with 6 teams vying for four spots I think next season will be just as unpredictable. Important we keep in that top four next season when champs league money doubles due to the bt deal...then we might see four teams drifting away...hopefully Utd get left behind.

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  43. I don't think anyone will dominate the league again. Which is great imo.

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  44. Smart transfers and not over paying for a name should be the way to keep this train running.


    It will be interesting to see how much the WC takes out of these players though.


    Maybe getting players who are not WC tied is the way to go.

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  45. You are clearly not a true supporter

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  46. west ham and villa are very tricky games.

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  47. Agree, I think Stevie didn't rise to the occasion. I really think that by that stage they thought Palace were gone. However, he has enough experience to know you should never assume such a thing, and especially against a team managed by Pulis

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  48. Cant be a fluke when they tore so many teams to pieces this season and made United look like fools if that was a fluke then your side is just cannon fodder.

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  49. are you okay? this positivity is strange. but I like it.

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  50. Can you say you got much joy out of winning our cup treble? The Alaves final was fun to watch but every bloody match we played under Houllier was infinitely boring and nerve wrecking. And if I were a Chelsea fan, I would be ashamed to watch a 300 million quid lineup play 10 behind the ball. Well actually, if I were a Chelsea supporter my head would probably be up my pooper so I probably would not be ashamed...but you catch my drift...

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  51. Joshua Gresham2:52 pm, May 06, 2014

    Definitely agree with you there. This season has been amazing whatever the final result. Not in our wildest dreams would we have thought we'd come this far and get this close. I'd also prefer us to play the way we do and lose out on the title in epic fashion than play the boring dry football that Chelsea does. The seasons not over yet. Stranger things have happened.

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  52. Joshua Gresham2:54 pm, May 06, 2014

    I agree. At 3-0 you can go crazy and push on for more goals and it was definitely exciting but when that goal went in you've gotta go right 3 points are whats important here lets calm it down we arent likely to score another 3/4 like we need so lets just hold the ball and be patient. Same thing that happened to us against Chelsea but we didnt seem to learn.

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  53. No no no Lucas as cover. Lucas was never a DM to begin with and he will never be one. Ever. And to be really honest I think the injuries have taken most of what he had to offer out of him and he should be playing at teams with a lot less ambition from next season onward.

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  54. Just my take on it...spent all his time at PSG and was a big deal/challenge for him moving from his boyhood club. And yes I would still classify him as a young centre back with best years ahead. He's represented france at intl level through to u21's and was the young player of the year at PSG...granted does not automatically mean he will become world class but given the improvements in the likes of Hendo, would like to see him get the chance. Spent enough on him so prob will have to hope he improves!! ;)

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  55. i really think there is some harsh criticism towards Sahko and Allen. i think he has been really solid in the air and on the ground his passing has also been pretty good. Allen has definitely improved especially going forward and always looks calm on the ball. but with all that said im sure couple on months ago you like many other liverpool fans slated hendo("for not being good enough" or "not liverpool type of player").

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  56. blabla domestic competition only..Chelsea have played 12 more games than us due to the CL. Do you want to compare squads? That's a grand total of 1.5 games per month of a season. And four of those were against Steaua Bucharest or Galatasaray.

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  57. Think we've all had 24+ years of remaining positive..the big geordie for the winner on final day with an assist from LFC loving nolan...oh my god am going to being cheering on a fat Sam team!!

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  58. true that, i mean who would have thought palace would have scored 3 goals in 12 mins. Im just glad i got to experience our team taking it to the final day!

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  59. let's not forget all the top clubs "bought" alot last summer as well but look at the good it did them. yes, its a missed opportunity for us and yes, it will be tougher next year but IF we buy right in the summer (and I appreciate that is a big if) then we will definitely be in the mix for the title.

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  60. You have to give it to Lucas though. This guy was the the scapegoat when he came to LFC but never once let it get to him early in his LFC career. He worked his socks off and eventually Lucas really started showing what he was made of when Dalglish took over as manager. Then came that career changing injury back in 2011. Since then he has not been the same.

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  61. Are dreams may have been tossed and blown but we will walk on with hope in our hearts and we will never walk alone.

    The Liverpool way

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  62. There was a perfect storm this season, transition at United, Chelsea, City, Everton, also Tottenham getting all those players in (though I think just about everyone thought they would do better, even make a challenge). I thought that liverpool could make a challenge - if they got the right players in. The fact that they are first with one game to go is a huge achievment, considering they didn't get the players they really needed.

    Next year, United and Tottenham will be in transition again, they still have a lot of work to do. Everton will be in Europe. Chelsea, City, Arsenal, will be roughly the same, maybe an extra striker for each Chelsea and Arsenal, no guarantee they will come good.

    Liverpool will have 100+ goals this season, a +50 goal difference - normally this would be enough to win. Can they maintain the goals, I think so, Suarez missed 5 games, Sturridge has missed 9, Gerrard has missed 4. And Sterling became a new player in December - between these 4 alone, you're looking at 60+ even 70+ goals. Work on the defence, the keeper, and some impact subs, they can definitely mount a title challenge (or defence) next year.

    It's not over yet, and next year might just be even better.

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  63. Stickhwiththeprogramme4:05 pm, May 06, 2014

    Yeah, don't underestimate Fat Sam's hatred of the novoeau riche! :) Seriously, I haven't seen such a content manager in all season after they held the Chav's to a 0-0 draw that had moaning Mou complaining about footy of the 1900's. LMFAO!

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  64. I love these comments made by pundits and opposing fans saying this is our best chance to win a title. I'll admit that this year was a great chance for Liverpool to win the title but to dismiss this club for future years like many have is in my opinion insulting. Everyone is saying that all the other big clubs will get stronger but so will Liverpool! We have one of the younger squads in the league with one of the youngest managers. It has been crystal clear how much we have improved this year. To think that Liverpool will not get stronger not only with the players we currently have but also with possible additions is like i said insulting to Liverpool. The problem with Rodgers and the transfer committee has been their bargain buys over the years, which they need to improve on like Jaime has said. But if you look at the big players they went after this year with Costa, Willian, and Mkhitaryan, they were spot on with these big names. So with champions league football now to offer these players, I feel we will be able to attract big name players who will make our starting eleven better but more importantly with our style of play and amount of games next year our squad even better. The last two games have been disappointing but I am extremely proud of this Liverpool team because they left everything on the field this year. To finish this year in second compared to last year is fantastic and I am confident that Liverpool will be the one of the clubs improving the most for years to come.

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  65. I have never been so ashamed to be a Liverpool fan as I am right now.


    The amount of pathetic vitriol I have seen written about many Liverpool players is simply staggering.


    At the start of the season nobody in their wildest dreams would of ever of though we would be seriously challenging for the title.


    The fact that here we are, with one game left of the season and we still can mathematically win the league and so called fans are posting some horrendous abused aimed at both players and manager is shameful and disgusting.


    So many Liverpool fans like to mock Chelsea and Man Utd but they have show more support, especially Chelsea fans f r their team then we have over the last 12 hours.


    A complete disgrace.

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  66. Stickhwiththeprogramme4:13 pm, May 06, 2014

    Sakho's been brilliant since returning from injury. His passing game is intstrumental to our attacking game and yesterday he cleared everything that was thrown at him. Just because he doesn't look so posh and fancy when he's running doesn't make him a bad player. Our best CB signing since Hyppiä I say. Skrtel though, is quite a different proposition all together. What the fuck was he doing on their 3rd???

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  67. So you don't really care about the 3 points?

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  68. Naive, exactly. The trick of champions is when you have a 2 goal lead, get your feet off the gas and defend that lead. In a few years, nobody will really remember if we played the beautiful football and lost by a point. They might remember that we were runners up for a few more years after and then it will be forgotten. But champions will be remembered throughout history, because it's written on the trophy. Personally, I don't care about the beautiful football. I'd rather we play the ugly anti-football of Mourinho and get the 3 points. At the end of the day, 3points is all that matters.

    On this point, we could learn heaps from SAF (old red nose). Love him or hate him, gotta give it to him. He's a master of chasing a game and closing a game down. In the last 24 years for LFC, passion got in the way of 3 points and ultimately the Premiership.

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  69. We have three options of winning the Title now
    1.Mancity Loosing one of the matches with Astonvilla and Westham
    and Liverpool win against Newcastle.
    2.Mancity Draw both matches and Liverpool win against Newcastle
    3.Mancity Loosing Both matches and Liverpool win against Newcastle

    There is one thing common in all three options that is Liverpool winning next match...Come on Reds lets support our team no matter what happens..Miracles do happen in Football and who knows We may win the League.

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  70. Perfect Comment! We have proved everyone wrong this season, and instead of bashing other teams we should get behind our own and finish strong! If we don't get the title, then move past it... It just wasn't meant to be. BR has been tremendous, and the players have been outstanding for most of the year, so let's show a bit of love for them!

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  71. Muhammad Ibrahim5:00 pm, May 06, 2014

    Paul. Either you are very naive or know very little about football. Our Plan A is terrific in that it is designed to out score the opposition. Plan B can be effective calculated counter attacking football or even to control the possession for the sake of it to kill the momentum of the opposition etc just something different depending on the game should Plan A fail. I would imagine next season we will have a plan B and maybe even a C if BR can get the right players in, in the summer.

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  72. "Crystanbul" Where do they come up with punchlines like these. Hahaha..!!! Gotta admit, it hurts, but really funny. Well, the long wait for the first Premiership in LFC continues. Come on LFC, Moyes just gave everyone a boost by taking MU out of the equation. Again being naive by not learning from our greatest adversary, old red nose, cost us.

    Neutrals would love our brand of football, like Arsenal when they're on song. But are we playing for eye candy or 3 points? I mean, at 3-0, everyone is up there trying to get a goal before the end of the season. Personal desires got in the way of the collective objective. Even BR thought he could conjure a cricket score, and then....

    Naive, exactly. The trick of champions is when you have a 2 goal lead,
    get your feet off the gas and defend that lead. In a few years, nobody
    will really remember if we played the beautiful football and lost by a
    point. They might remember that we were runners up for a few more years
    after and then it will be forgotten. But champions will be remembered
    throughout history, because it's written on the trophy. Personally, I
    don't care about the beautiful football. I'd rather we play the ugly
    anti-football of Mourinho and get the 3 points. At the end of the day,
    3points is all that matters.

    On this point, we could learn heaps
    from SAF (old red nose). Love him or hate him, gotta give it to him.
    He's a master of chasing a game and closing a game down. In the last 24
    years for LFC, passion got in the way of 3 points and ultimately the
    Premiership.

    MU under SAF was ruthless and unrelenting right up until the got a 3 goal lead. Then the bugger would close down the game at the back with half and hour to go and give kids a run out for experience.

    So the question is, would we prefer 90+ minutes of excitement and a potential heartache at the end wit nothing to show for, or 60 minutes of excitement and 3 points in the bag?



    Simple logic.

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  73. Please stop manipulating with the fans, its enough, everybody is dead and buried. Cant wait to see the end of this season, it turned to be a bloody disgrace after all. Any lfc defender should resign and leave after sunday asap. Fans will never forget or forgive this one, and you see pics of them in training laughing as much as they can. Never thought they would repay our support like that!

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  74. He will leave alright, because after last night he knows that [barring an unlikely Man City collapse] we're still at least one season and probably two (and several tinkers with defence options) away from being PL champions. Real will want him this summer (especially if Atletico nab either of La Liga or CL) and as of right now
    [27>28 Years old] he’s at his peak and as PFA & Press Players of the Year LFC know he will never be valued higher by other clubs.

    There’s no way that if Real/PSG or whoever come in with a £70m+ offer and he declares he wants to go, that we’ll see a repeat of last summer. FSG will applaud him out
    the door with gratitude regardless of what Rodgers thinks, and in return for being compliant he’ll get an extra £20m in his summer spending allowance with the rest being pocketed for Phase 1 of the Anfield Regeneration

    You could see from his reaction that Suarez knows after Selhurst that is team-mates blew it, and no matter how many goals he, Sturridge or Sterling contribute, (with
    the current squad in the important games) those playing behind him are incapable of defending competently under even moderate pressure from average teams..

    Needn’t be the end of our progress of course, but last night was a watershed moment for
    the current squad…

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  75. or City could draw one and win the another by 1 goal, we beat newcastle at anfield by 10-0 thus winning by goals scored! Miracle.

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  76. It's important to focus on the fact that despite what Citeh do tomorrow, we'll still have a chance (albeit mostly an outsider's chance) to still win the league on Sunday.


    If anyone was offered that opportunity in August 2013, every singe person would have jumped at it.

    I'm incredibly proud of what this team has accomplished this year, and we need to do our part on Sunday to keep the dream alive, and hope we get some help along the way.


    But once this Sunday comes and is over, we reflect and move on to next year.


    This idea that we won't have this chance for years to come is pure nonsense. Will it be more difficult? Most likely. But that doesn't mean we can't stay in contention. As JK said, it's all about getting it right in this transfer window. And with CL football coming, there's no more excuses about top notch players not willing to come here.

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  77. get behind your team and the players, don't act like its all over and next season won't be the same or better. The only way we can sign players is if the environment is buzzing. Don't be thinking that this season was our best chance of winning anything. Thats not a winning mentality.

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  78. Well said, GR. I can't believe I've seen posts calling for Gerrard to be sold. Foolishness!
    By Sunday, City will have played three games in 8 days. They will be fatigued and could falter.
    Whatever happens, '13-'14 has been a hell of a ride -- one in which we've traveled a greater distance than any of us initially thought possible.

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  79. Of course I care about the three points, but Palace is just one game. In the grand scheme of things, I get more enjoyment out of watching attractive football than anything else. Whatever happens this season, Liverpool are the most entertaining team to watch, and that's good enough for me.

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  80. I must say it drives me mad when people try to make these supposedly conclusive judgements about something that is merely opinion based and claim some kind of godlike clairvoyance over the matter just because on this particular occassion the circumstances reinforce their theory.
    Let's get things straight: on many other occassions we would have come away with a draw against Chelsea and a win against Crystal Palace playing exactly the way we have been playing. Simply because these results did not unfold on these occassions, does not give you the right to consign those styles or methodologies behind those results to the rubbish simply on your say so.
    I am not attempting to say that your ideas on how you think we should be playing are wrong but I am fed up with people attempting to pass judgement on something that was such a close run thing simply because on this occassion the results suit their argument.
    What's with this affection for 'red nose'? God I'd ratherstick pins in my eyes than refer to that old git.

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  81. God, get a grip. Nobody died. He is only saying that stranger things have happened. I am relishing next season already and we can still have a look at what happens in these two matches. Life is sweet where I'm sitting.

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  82. Perfect. Out of all the sides I think we have by far the best chance to advance.
    Unless Chelsea have a major rethink of approach I don't see too much changing; other than them getting in a very expensive striker and then ruining their career.
    For City, I don't see why logically you're going to start ripping that team up; but Toure's powers are going to start waning at some point and he gets them out of trouble a lot.
    And us? We have a young dynamic manager who seems to understand the philosophy of our club, an amazing dynamic of attacking players and we are back in the holy ground of CL.
    I am happy.

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  83. i must watching a different player the sako i see looks like bami on ice wearing a blindfold

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  84. I must say the whole "Gerrard, Gerrard, slip" song was kind of brilliant with the way they changed the words around.


    Of course, I didn't like it. But it was pretty clever.


    Plus, it's amusing that Everton fans need to resort to sing that instead of supporting their own team who still had a chance to make Champions League last weekend.

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  85. I also think that this attractive football is what's going to keep suarez and attract other top stars who are fine with "acceptable" salaries but also want to enjoy their football.

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  86. Although highly improbable, I don't give up hope yet. Mancity have two games to play, they need to lose one, and its game on.

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  87. To be honest, let any team buy any player and strengthen as much as they can; it will still go down neck to neck and Liverpool will be a part of it.

    Looking at this season one cannot say Chelsea and Manchester City or Arsenal and United had weak teams! yet Liverpool prevailed. This league is highly competitive so no one team will rule the show.

    Having said that Liverpool have got a great chance to pick the talent this summer who want to play in the Champions League and stay in the mix. Failure to do so mite have adverse effects on 4th position next season and kill all ambitions - To Win the title by signing great players

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