Liverpool in 2013-14 – what could have been?
English football’s second most decorated club still bears a Premier League-sized void in their trophy cabinet but the Reds never came closer to glory than four years ago.
Only the infamous defeat to Chelsea and the collapse at Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to take their place at the summit.
Of course, the man who always gets referenced regarding the late fade is Steven Gerrard.
The club legend’s slip against Chelsea allowed Demba Ba to score a goal that set off something of a chain reaction for the Merseyside club.
LIVERPOOL THRASH NORWICH IN DECEMBER 2013
To state the obvious, it wasn’t all Gerrard’s fault and his penultimate season as Liverpool captain turned out to be one of his finest ever.
The skipper contributed 14 goals – many of which came in game-changing situations – and provided a brilliant supply-line for the attacking triumvirate of Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
And few games demonstrated the attacking brilliance of that Liverpool side than the visit of Norwich City in December 2013.
While the game is understandably famous for Suarez scoring four absolute belters, it was also another superb performance from Gerrard and he nearly scored a peach of his own, too.
GERRARD ALMOST SCORED ONE-OF-A-KIND GOAL
In fact, it’s a rather forgotten moment from the game in which the Liverpool captain almost scored a goal that simply would have been one-of-a-kind.
Only the post denied him from turning a Dennis Bergkamp-like first touch into the most flamboyant of volleys.
Take a look at the attempt below:
Just imagine if that had nestled in the bottom corner, it would be in Premier League goal compilations forever.
Coutinho marauded in from the left wing before dinking the ball to Gerrard who managed to bamboozle John Ruddy with his weak foot at head height, with his back to goal and while spinning 360 degrees.
Sadly it bounced narrowly wide of the target and will remain something of a forgotten gem from that season.
Now Gerrard takes residence in the BT Sport studio as a pundit and will be hoping to see attacking football reminiscent of that 2013-14 campaign going forward at Liverpool.
There will be quiet optimism that the offensive trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will bring some joy and maybe that long awaited league title to Anfield.
They’ll just have to deal with a Manchester City team even stronger than the one they faced back in 2014…