Alas, there was to be no final twist to a dramatic campaign.
There was one last gutsy fightback left in Liverpool’s tank, however. After falling behind to Newcastle via a Martin Skrtel own-goal at Anfield yesterday, the Reds stormed back in the second half and got their goals through Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge to register a 2-1 victory. It was the most they could do to in their bid to lift the Premiership title. However, West Ham couldn’t pull off a major upset against Manchester City, the outcome that Liverpool’s hopes hinged on. And so their wait for a top-flight title extends to 25 years.
Manager Brendan Rodgers’ biggest task now is to make sure that the pain is not in vain. There was no doubt, going into their clash against City that the momentum was all theirs. It was then that the pressure shifted onto their shoulders, after the 3-2 home victory over Man City handed them the initiative in the Premiership race. They scraped past struggling Norwich 3-2.
Then their inexperience started to show and, ultimately, the learning curve proved too steep for them to master.