Ever feel like you’re in a time warp? That the same things keep happening over and over again?

“I just hope Rafa can build on the good work that he has achieved this season,” said Kenny Dalglish today. “Obviously we would love to be in Manchester United’s position, everybody would. But we have got a lot closer this season than we have got in previous years and that is very important. It will give them great belief now when they go into next season – with one or two changes, obviously. There is always expectation, but I believe that this time it will be justified.”

Bloody hell. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it nineteen times. Yes, yes, next year will be Liverpool’s year, just like this year was going to be, eh Stevie? At the end of another failed season, Gerrard truly believed the players they brought in were enough to finally win the league, but just a few months earlier he acknowledged how ridiculous the talk of ‘next season’ had become.

“We can’t keep talking about next season all the time,” Gerrard said last February. “There are only so many times you can say it and believe it. Sooner or later we have to make one season the season we make it happen and do the talking on the pitch. We need to make people believe it. I’m 27 now, I don’t want to be talking about ‘next season’ for Liverpool when I’m 32.”

He turns 29 at the end of the month and he will forever remember with shame that he was the captain when United equalled their title record. Gutted.

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