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Heartbreak will make Liverpool success even sweeter

Emotion, pain and heartbreak – all part and parcel of being a fan of Liverpool FC. The Reds haven’t won any silverware since 2012 and after last year’s Champions League heartache, fans are hungry for glory this time round.

League troubles

The 2018/19 Premier League season looks set to go down to the final day with Liverpool fighting Manchester City for the illustrious title.

Liverpool will hope to break the 29 year duck of not winning the top division title in England. The Reds last won the title in 1990, with Kenny Dalglish at the helm.

Since then, Liverpool have finished 2nd in the Premier League three times. Losing out to Arsenal in 2001/02, Manchester United in 2008/09 and Man City in 2013/14.

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This continued lack of league title has left fans incredibly hungry for the success that has eluded Liverpool in the last three decades. This has sometimes come to the detriment of the fanbase as a whole.

Many Liverpool fans have become sour at the lack of championships, leaving a massive divide between the fanbase as many try to take a positive outlook on proceedings.

This does go hand-in-hand with the passion of the fans. Liverpool fans wear their hearts on their sleeves. They feel every emotion that the players do. In effect, we, as Liverpool fans, kick every ball and feel every tackle. No other club can say that about their fans.

Cup struggles

With the Champions League miracle of 2005 now nearly 14 years ago, it’s hard to say that it is a recent success.

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Since then, Liverpool have only won two competitions. The FA Cup the following season – Steven Gerrard winning the final against West Ham nigh-on single-handedly – and the 2011/2012 League Cup. Which so nearly ended in heartbreak as Cardiff City forced Liverpool all the way to penalties.

Liverpool have also missed out on even qualifying for the Champions League on six occasions since winning the trophy in 2005.

That being said, Liverpool also made two finals in that time. Losing out to AC Milan in 2007 and then Real Madrid last year. There is nothing that feels as bad as the heartbreak of losing a Champions League final.

Again, so close to success, yet can’t pull it together when it matters most.

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The theme continues as you look at other cup competitions Liverpool have been in. The FA Cup? Liverpool haven’t made it past the fourth round since 2015 and haven’t got to a final since 2012.

Since their record eighth win in the League Cup, Liverpool have been to two semi-finals and a final without winning the competition again.

This season looked like it could be a change for Liverpool. Challenging seriously for all four competitions.

This expectation was met with swift rejection. Liverpool lost to Leicester in the third round of the now Carabao Cup and then to eventual semi-finalists, Wolves in the FA Cup.

Resilience pays off

It’s an obvious narrative but Liverpool could well be destined to win the Premier League this season. Everything looks as though it is going right for the Reds.

Liverpool are the underdog in the story that is this Premier League season. Man City are the big bad wolf.

The only thing that is different from the typical underdog story is that the whole world seems to want City to win the Premier League for various reasons.

Liverpool are fighting against the odds.

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The fact that the Reds have come so agonisingly close to success in recent seasons, there are doubts that fans would even know what to do in the event of the team actually winning something.

Plus, many Liverpool fans would have been born in the 29 years since the last league title. None of them know how to cope with the stress of a title challenge… Let alone one that could feasibly result in Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League trophy as Liverpool are announced champions.

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Maybe Liverpool will finally be the team to cause the heartbreak, rather than having it forced upon us.

Will Liverpool win the Premier League this season? Or are we in for even more heartbreak? Get involved with your thoughts on the @LFCTransferRoom Twitter.

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