- Apr 16, 2016
Awesome post.Yes, I have wondered since the moment it happened whether the John Stones clearance might end up in that special LFC box of horrors that contains Gerrard falling over against Chelsea and Macheda's injury time goal against Villa.
If you go back to the start of this thread you will see plenty of blind optimism that this is our year with the occasional miserable bastard like me bringing down the mood by saying I didn't think we'd be able to sustain a serious challenge. That assessment was based more on what we were up against rather than how good we might be. City are no obviously weaker this season and making up a 25 point gap seemed highly improbable in a single season.
Yet here we are with 12 games to go level on points and with a game in hand (albeit at Old Trafford). What once seemed almost impossible is now definitely possible but it remains a huge task against a team with that amount of strength in depth. Personally I think if we were able to win the title this season it would be the greatest title win since Shankly won it in 72/73, possibly even since he first won it in the sixties, such was the scale of the task facing us at the start of the season and the weight of expectation and pressure on us given how long it's been since we last won it.
Previous failed title challenges in 08/09 and 13/14 have been followed by swift collapses. I think this season is very reminiscent of 08/09 in that we are up against a formidable opponent, got good early results based largely on great defending with the occasional bit of luck thrown in and with one or two grumbles from some fans on the style of play. We have even had the same January dip. What happens next is really important. If we do fall short then the reaction has to be more measured than it was in 08/09 if we are to use this experience as a springboard for another challenge next season with (hopefully) a stronger squad. We are over-achieving this season by going toe to toe with City and it's important for us to remember that.