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Thursday 2 October 2014

It's now or never for Gerrard and Reds

Donny Mahoney

Published 16/04/2014 | 02:30

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So with four games to play, can Liverpool do it? Steven Gerrard could barely string a sentence together in his post-match interview with Sky on Sunday. I remember him in the 'Being: Liverpool' programme last year, in his outsized, soulless kitchen looking like someone who'd lost touch with reality.

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But in this improbable season, he has become the fulcrum balancing Liverpool's heavy history with the ecstatic football of Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard must be aware of how easily this title dream can be taken away, and how difficult it would be to get back to the top. Roy Hodgson will lean heavily on the core of this Liverpool team in Brazil, and England being England, it can only leave them jaded.

Liverpool's workload will be scaled up dramatically next season with the Champions League. Their run of good fortune this year – no major injuries, an incident-free season from Suarez – cannot realistically be carried over. It's now or never.

Stats suggest Liverpool will slip up somewhere. Only one team in English league football in the last 50 years has managed to string together 14 consecutive victories. That's exactly what it will take to win the league.

Irish Independent

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