This weekend, Liverpool will face off against relegation threatened Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League. Liverpool and their fans know that there are only four steps left on the run to the Premier League trophy, and that this would be the first of those dealt with if they can get the three points. It should, in theory, be a relatively straightforward win for Liverpool, but the Premier League title race can do strange things to teams and shock results always surface.
Wednesday threw up a shock result as Sunderland drew with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and you could not count out anymore happening before the title race is decided. Sunderland will once again be looking to produce another shock result. It’s always the way, expect the unexpected — that’s the Premier League.
For Liverpool, though, it’s all about themselves and how they perform. If they win their remaining four games, then they will be Premier League champions — that’s a fact. That is all Liverpool really need to deal with, but it is much easier said than done, of course — as the pressure will be gigantic. Liverpool have never won the Premier League trophy. The last time they won the equivalent was in the 1989-90 season, two years before the the inception of the Premier League.
At this point, nobody expected the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to ever win the Premier League. He was destined to end his career as a distinguished and remarkable player, with every club trophy in his cabinet, except for the one he has coveted most. Now, suddenly, the landscape has changed and the pressure can dawn on everybody as it becomes more and more apparent how very real the situation is.
Lifting the trophy is the easy bit, winning it is the hard part, and Liverpool still have business to take care of before they can officially call themselves champions. They’ve shown all season that they are fully capable of doing just that, though, and doing it in style too. Although, this time of the year does do funny things to teams, and you never quite know what’s around the corner next.
One thing that is directly around the corner for Liverpool, for sure, is Norwich City. The bad news about that is if Liverpool win the game, they will have to do it again next week. The good news about it is there will be only three games left to go. Take care of those, and the big one will be next.