Courage and bravery will see Liverpool through to Premier League title
Anfield was a theatre of raw emotion on Sunday as Liverpool cemented their place at the top of the Premier League, beating Manchester City 3-2.
April 14th, 2014
Steven Gerrard’s tears at the full-time whistle embodied everything that is happening at Liverpool this season — belief, passion, cohesion and spirit.
If Liverpool win the title this season, everyone connected with the club, from the players and staff to fans will have had a massive say in it.
Raheem Sterling’s composure to finish expertly past Joe Hart for Liverpool’s first of the afternoon showed the great progression and maturing the 19-year-old has undergone this season. Arguably, Sterling has been Liverpool’s best and most important player in the second half of the campaign.
When David Silva’s strike and Glen Johnson’s own goal put City level just after the hour mark, heads began to sink around Anfield. But Brendan Rodgers’ side passed their biggest test of character yet, proving their title credentials as Philippe Coutinho clinically struck home the winner with twelve minutes to go.
The way in which Liverpool skipped the hurdle of City’s visit was testament to the thrilling season that has unravelled.
Gerrard’s organisation of a team huddle upon full-time, telling his teammates to concentrate on next Sunday’s trip to Norwich City quickly put Liverpool back to focus.
Four games left. Four massive, massive games to decide whether Liverpool will be champions.
The Reds certainly proved their title credentials in beating City and recording their tenth consecutive victory, but now comes an even bigger test of character.
Norwich, embroiled in the anxiety of a relegation battle, will not be easy opponents and Liverpool must have full attentions on beating the Canaries at Carrow Road, before returning for Chelsea’s visit to Anfield on April 27th.
Players will look to Gerrard for leadership and inspiration on this intense run-in towards the title, and the captain must continue to be the beacon which the club follows.