Back in 2014, Liverpool were on the verge of their first league title in decades. The wait was set to end, finally. With just a handful of games to go, it was all in our hands. What ensued was a spectacular collapse. Liverpool lost at home to Chelsea and squandered a three goal lead at Crystal Palace. Despite the heartbreak, The Gerrard Slip was a blessing in disguise for Liverpool.
We were never meant to win the league that season. We were have-a-go heroes riding the wave of two strikers in the form of their life. Luis Suarez cemented his place in footballing history as he turned football into theatre for one glorious season. Daniel Sturridge showed why he is regarded as one of the most naturally gifted English forwards of his generation.
Brendan Rodgers was a budding, naive manager finding his feet in his first big job. The club was still somewhat of a mess. Our transfer policy was bizarre, inconsistent and rarely paid off. Our finances were still in a state of disarray in comparison to today.
If the Reds had won the league that season there was no reason to believe that we would have performed any better than we did in 2014/15, when we finished sixth. The start of the 2015/16 season confirmed that our title challenge was indeed a combination of serendipity and Suarez magic.
Enter stage left Jürgen Norbert Klopp. The German gaffer hasn’t just brought success to the Reds, he has been at the centre of a top to bottom rebuild and a rekindling of connection between the fans, players and staff. The club aren’t just have-a-go heroes now, they are building a dynasty. This isn’t a one off, these are the opening moments of long term success.
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If we had won the league in 2013/14 then we wouldn’t have been blessed with Jürgen Klopp. We would have missed our once in a lifetime chance. Although The Gerrard Slip was gut wrenching for Kopites, although Captain Fantastic deserved a title, we now stand a chance of dominating for years to come. If you ask Stevie G if he’d rather we won the league in 2014 or dominated for a decade instead, he’d always pick the latter.
Who knows, maybe Gerrard will reap the benefits of his own slip when Jürgen eventually leaves the club.