Being a Liverpool fan living in the middle of Manchester can sometimes be a little tricky. And that is something of an understatement.
In recent years it has been easy for Manchester United fans to pick at Liverpool’s lack of league triumph. Optimistically the Champions League triumph of 2005 was an optional come back which saved many a mauling at the hands of United fans who beamed of their teams more impeccable current credentials.
Yet this year it seemed like it was all falling apart. Manchester United looked on course for a third straight title, and a record nineteenth overall.
Gone would be the days when any Liverpool supporter could remind United fans that they jointly held the record for most top flight titles.
Liverpool were out of the Champions League and out of the title fight.
Even more alarming was the idea that Manchester’s ‘B-team’, Man City looked likely to dethrone Liverpool’s position as one of the big four in England.
The blues looked able to take the fourth champions league spot and signal a new era where Liverpool were seemingly not guaranteed easy access to European football of the highest calibre.
However in the last eight days it has all come bouncing back in Liverpool's favour as their close rivals, both in geographical and historical terms, faltered at the final hurdle.
Liverpool’s inability to defeat Chelsea meant that Manchester United were left unable to take the title for themselves after they had dropped points in the weeks before.
Wigan were left as United’s only possible saviour and they performed even worse by conceding six more goals than Liverpool had let in the week before.
In the middle of all of this Manchester City lost agonisingly in the latter stages to Tottenham and so surrendered their top four aspirations.
They now find themselves looking at Europa League football once again instead of their dream position in European footballs’ elite.
And so despite the depressingly drawn out nightmare that has been the 2009/10 season for Liverpool, there is at least a silver lining to be drawn from it.
I talk to both United and City fans every day, who have now emerged back into their shells after the constant berating of Liverpool’s season that they pronounced opposed the alternatively promising prospects for their teams.
Now we can all live in misery together; all under the same skyline.
Until next year that is, if Liverpool slide further backwards, and if Manchester’s duo of starting elevens can drift further ahead.