2013/14 has been a season of exceeding expectations for Brendan Rogers and his Liverpool squad. The expectation for 2013/14 was to finish in the top four and qualify for Champions League football and that expectation was met with flying colours finishing second, just two points adrift of Premiership champions Manchester City. But after sitting top of the league for much of the last six weeks, it’s disappointed to have the title snatched away during the dying moments of the season!
Ultimately the best team won the Premiership title, Liverpool faltered at the last couple of hurdles; while Manchester City did not. Liverpool lost the title at Anfield against Chelsea; losing 0 – 2 to the Londoners which was compounded by throwing away a three goal lead at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. The Palace draw was less consequential than the Chelsea loss as it panned out as even if Liverpool won the Palace game; The Reds would still have finished second on goal difference.
But despite the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title; it’s been a great season for The Reds. Finishing second; an improvement of five spots on last season and back playing European football in 2014/15. I just hope that this isn’t Liverpool’s best chance of claiming a Premier League title. I also hope that we don’t have a repeat of the last summer with Suarez wanting to leave again, especially if a £100m offer comes in for the striker from Real Madrid.
I wonder if we will see much transfer activity during the summer from Liverpool; I think Liverpool could do with tightening up the defense; I’m starting to think that Skrtel is a real liability to success. He may score goals for The Reds but also scores a more than the average amount of own goals. As for striking partnerships, I don’t think there is any better in Europe than SAS (Suarez & Sturridge), let’s pray that Brendan Rogers can hold onto both players for many years to come.
So overall I’m happy with Liverpool’s 2013/14 season; a little disappointed that we missed out on the title, but as that wasn’t even an expectation at the start of the season, we, as fans have nothing to be disappointed about. That said, it’s hard to not reflect on what could have been if a few results went the way of the Reds. Hoping & praying for an even stronger season in 2014/15.