As Liverpool's impressive Premiership campaign draws to a close, as a Red, one can only feel a sense of despondancy about just what could of been.
The Reds, this term, have been just about as unpredictable as one could predict, does that make sense? And yet, as we head into the final furlongs of what has been a mightily enjoyable and pride-filled season, you get the sense that this could be the start of something big again at Anfield..As if the giant is starting to stir again..
At the start of the 2008-2009 season, any Reds supporter considering just how he would like the year to pan out would have settled for a good run in all three cup competitions, plus a more sustained challenge on the League title front.
Well, here we are in May, and we ARE still in the hunt.
It's something of a surprise when you consider that, had Liverpool taken maximum points from their home games against Hull City, West Ham, Arsenal and Fulham (all games that the Reds should have won), Liverpool would now be eight points better off than they are at present. That would put them, by my reckoning, five points clear of Manchester United and favourites for the League title.
Now, as we enter the final three weeks of the campaign, United currently lead by three and have a game in hand. But with the little matter of a Manchester derby to navigate before they head for the home straight, plus a demanding and revenge-seeking Arsenal to play at Old Trafford, us die-hard's will no doubt cling on to the 'it's not over 'til the fat lady sings' scenario, before we concede the title to our counterparts from the wrong end of the M62.
Yet fear not, my Red brothers. This is the start of a new LFC legacy, one in which Liverpool FC will be rightly crowned as Premiership Champions. This team is too good not to win the title, is simply too good not to be challenging for all major honours.
Player for player, we have arguably one of the best squads in the World now, and one in which the hoards of Reds who travel to the Mecca that is Anfield can be distinctly proud.
We have cruised through three-quarters of this season without even breaking sweat before the penny finally and thankfully dropped with Senor Benitez. Now, the Reds start each and every game with high intensity, challenge their opponents with a renewed vigour, almost as if their very lives depend on it.
There is an unquenchable thirst, a hunger for the Premier League title, and mark my words: if it doesn't come this season, then the 20th anniversary of our last title triumph will be the 'welcome home' party for number 19.
But, fellow Reds, if that isn't enough to sedate your urges, then let's just dream a little that both Manchester City and Arsenal can haul us back securely into the title frame, and maybe, just maybe, Stevie G will hold that trophy above his head for number 19 this coming May 30th.
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