Brendan Rodgers has amassed his armada for the final assault on the English Premier League’s fourth spot. He and his troops will find it well protected by familiar foes from across Stanley Park and the nation’s capital. Bound tightly in mathematical possibility, success depends more on the shortcomings of others than success from the sweat of Liverpool’s brow.
It is a fact that has many of the Anfield faithful, bereft of hope and guarded against optimism, resigning themselves—once again—to wait for the inexorable conclusion to another season filled with budding promise that failed to take seed on pitches around the globe. It was a campaign that failed to fully ignite the torch that would light the way back to former glory.
But seasons have been made and broken on the last kick of the final game, with matches down the stretch being pivotal to a club’s domestic fortunes. And there are reasons, at least eight, to believe that Liverpool will make the end of the 2012-13 season one to remember.