24 years is a long time. It has been that long since Liverpool won the Premiership. Since the 1990 campaign last saw the Reds claim the League title, they have come close-routinely finishing in the top four-but have been unable to return to the mountaintop.
To put a personal face on that time frame, eternal Liverpool midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard was just nine years old and eight years away from making his senior side debut. 470 appearances later, there are just four matches between Gerrard and the Premiership crown, a position he is in thanks in large part to Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City over the weekend.
That victory proved emotional for Gerrard, as it put his side in full control of their own destiny, seven points clear of City (who have two games in hand) and two clear of Chelsea (who have played the same number of fixtures as Liverpool). With four matches remaining, four victories ensures the first League title in two decades for the Reds.
Those four victories won’t come easy, however, as Chelsea and Manchester City can both overtake Liverpool should the current leaders slip up. Looming particularly large is the April 27 fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield. A victory would propel Chelsea ahead of Liverpool and open the door for City to overtake both the Blues and Reds due to an extra pair of matches remaining on the Citizens’ schedule.
Chelsea will be playing that game in between their Champions League semi-final appearances against Atletico, which bodes well for the Liverpudlians. Gambling.com posted a match preview heading into their clash with City which highlighted the fact that the Reds have led the Premiership in goals this season, having now notched 93. On the other side, Chelsea has allowed just 24 goals, best in the League. A Chelsea defense tired out by Diego Simone’s squad would be a welcome sight for the Anfield supporters, as it should open things up for Liverpool’s prolific striking duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Outside of that enormous fixture against Chelsea, Liverpool has to play away at relegation-fighting Norwich City, away at middle of the pack Crystal Palace (to their credit, Palace did upend Chelsea last month), before finishing with a home match against Newcastle United. Newcastle is the next best chance for a Reds loss, but if Liverpool come into that match still in control of their own destiny, the Anfield crowd should turn up an already pressure-packed situation for the visitors.
For 24 years Liverpool has gone without a League Championship. For his long and storied career, Steven Gerrard has gone without as well. Yet as unlikely as it seemed before the season began, the club and their captain now sit in complete control, four eminently winnable matches away from erasing decades of disappointment.