Losing four points in two matches is certainly what Liverpool would never had bargain for. But that is the sad story of the former premier league leaders.
It’s been about 28 years since Liverpool last won the league title, in fact since the inauguration of the Premier League in 1992 The Reds have not won the league title. This lack of title anxiety has surrounded the Merseyside club, such that their nerves is even loud enough to be heard according to West Ham skipper Mark Noble.
Recent bad luck in winning titles have not help Liverpool course. The Reds have lost two European cup finals in the space of three years. Losing the Europa league final to Sevilla in 2016 and the Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2018.
The manner at which the Reds collapse to Sevilla in Basel was very disheartening. Throwing away a 1-0 first half advantage to loss 1-3 at full-time. Real Madrid were on hand in the Champions League final in Kiev, to spoil a second chance of Liverpool reviving their legacy. The Madrid club won their third Champions League title in a row, and their fourth in five years. Leaving Liverpool with another heart break and Mohamed Salah with an injured shoulder.
The Reds have also tried their hands on the premier league title, with the 2013/14 season being their closest to success in recent years. The manner at which Liverpool surrendered the title to eventual winners Manchester City, three matches to the end of the season was very appalling. The Reds were at the summit of the league even as late as the 35th week of matches. But a Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in a match against Chelsea led to a 2-0 defeat. A result which was followed by an embarrassing 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace, with Palace battling back from 3 goals down. This certainly have contributed to the high nerves in Liverpool camp who will be thinking, are we on the verge of another title collapse.
Champions Manchester City are currently leading the league table with goal difference, after defeating Liverpool’s city rival Everton on Wednesday. Though the Citizens have played a game more than The Reds. But the sight of another team on top of the league is what Liverpool, who are eager to win their first league title in 28 years should avoid.
Liverpool should certainly be aware that the longer it takes to achieve success the more difficult it becomes. They must therefore ensure the do all it takes to avoid repeating old mistakes by missing out yet again on another title.