With all the hype surrounding Liverpool’s title challenge, Reds supporters have almost forgotten that one more victory from their remaining four games will confirm their place in next season’s Champions League.
At the start of the season, pundits, supporters and press suggested a good season for Liverpool would be to see them launch a serious assault on the top four.
Most expected them to make a good go of it, but perhaps fall short, considering Manchester United were the reigning Premier League champions, and Tottenham had spent almost £100 million on new players.
The fact Liverpool have already surpassed expectations for the season by all but confirming Champions League football at Anfield for the first time in 2009 is a fantastic achievement in itself, but such has been the excitement surrounding the fact they have a wonderful chance to end their 24-year wait for title, it has almost gone unnoticed.
Next season may well prove the biggest test for Brendan Rodgers.
Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez both flopped hugely in the seasons that followed their title challenging campaign, with Houllier finishing fifth and being sacked a season later, and Benitez finishing 7th and losing his job at the end of the season.
Rodgers will be under no illusions that despite their magnificent form, a lot of work remains to be done in order to build a squad capable of challenging on all fronts at home, and abroad.
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