Now we are into the 2014 -2015 season marking the 123rd season a Liverpool FC side has entered into league competition but still lacking that all important 19th league title.
This season is also Liverpool’s 23rd consecutive appearance in the Premier League, which came into action to replace the old 1st division 23 seasons ago; yet, Liverpool FC has never won a Premiership title. Ironically enough, one of the first Premiership titles won was by the Liverpool legend of old Kenny Dalglish when he took Blackburn Rovers to the top of the table in 1994/95. On the other hand, for Liverpool, a title is long overdue considering the clubs past success.
Unfortunately, in the years since the club’s last top flight league championship trophy the club has never quite managed to find that winning formation. We’ve had Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, Xabi Alonso and of course the best midfielder in the world Steven Gerrard; but still the fans and the club are waiting.
Many are saying that last season’s 2013-14 performance was the closest we have come to winning the title since 1990. However, arguably the closest we have come to the title winning quality of the Liverpool champions from the eighties was under Gerard Houllier in the amazing 2000-01 season. The team was incredible, and we were a club to be reckoned with as the players shunned aside the strain of one of Liverpool’s busiest seasons ever.
In that season alone Liverpool came second in the league. However, the race for the title wasn’t as close as the end of last season, and so a slip from Gerrard would have been more lightly forgiven. Nonetheless, in the very same season we achieved automatic Champions League qualification and added three more prestigious trophies to the cabinet.
That year Liverpool won both domestic cups; the FA cup and the League Cup. They then went to Europe on a mission to make it a treble. This was back in the days of Markus Babbel, Christian Ziege, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Patrik Berger, Danny Murphy and Sami Hyypi. A good strong defensive team with two of Europe’s post potent strikers up front.
Liverpool were coming off the back of an unexpected 1-0 home win versus Barcelona in the semi-final and they had already booked the FA Cup and the League Cup. A super confident Liverpool came out for the final versus their second Spanish opponents in succession in what turned out to be a 9 goal thriller.
The Reds took the UEFA Cup and the treble back to Anfield with a 5-4 ‘golden goal’ win versus Alves. The game finished 4-4 in full time after it looked certain Robbie Fowler had tied up the game with a goal in the 73rd. However, in the 89th minute Alves’s Jordi sent the game into extra time. Liverpool finally got the 5th goal via an own goal from Geli just 3 minutes shy of a penalty shootout. It was a confirmed treble and the team were back in contention for the Champions League.
Liverpool have a long way to go before adding on number 19. The last title was in the 1989-90 season. In the eighties Liverpool won the league 7 times out of 10 seasons.