It’s been 24 years.
Liverpool last won the title way back in 1990, and are now just 7 points, and 3 games away from making history. The Reds have one massive challenge next week against Chelsea at home, a game, which if they win, would mean they have one hand on the trophy. Should they beat Chelsea, they would be 8 points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s team, firmly eliminating them from the title race for good.
It’s been an unbelivable campaign for Liverpool, and one that manager Brendan Rodgers only wants to get better. Steven Gerrard has run the show for most of the season in the heart of the midfield, and the England captain has scored 12 of the 96 goals the side have put away this season, their highest league goal tally ever.
Rodgers knows that there is now a huge amount of pressure mounting on his team, but seems like the calmest man at Anfield. He has now urged his team to go on and smash the 100 goal barrier for the season after watching his side secure Champions League football for next season with a 3-2 over Norwich at Carrow Road, their 11th win on the run.
“It was an incredible victory and big congratulations to the players. That means we can’t finish lower than third, which guarantees Champions League football. I don’t think anybody would have expected that and it shows the effort we’ve put in and the quality we’ve shown. We still have other goals. We’ve scored 96 now. When I came in 20 months ago we’d scored 47.”
“It shows the attacking set-up and mentality and how much we’ve improved. We want to be one of the few teams to score 100 Premier League goals. We’re looking forward to next week. There should be a great atmosphere inside Anfield.”
Chelsea are the only team to have reached a century of goals in a Premier League season, scoring 103 in 2009-10.
Rodgers was also fast to praise Young Player of the Year nominated Raheem Sterling, who scored 2 in the win at Norwich, including a stunner just 4 minutes in, and produced a fantastic performance, causing Rodgers to describe him as ‘one of the best young players in Europe’. He also set up Luis Suarez with a wonderful pass for Liverpool’s second.
“If he doesn’t win Young Player of the Year, I’ll be shocked,” said Rodgers. “He’s always had the talent but I’ve been really pleased with his maturity. He’s put an awful lot of time into his work.”
“We’ve tried to play him in different positions to improve his intelligence. He’s got that belief he can be a really good player and he’s really humble.”
By Ben Kelly
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