Why don’t Liverpool ever win the Premier League?

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    In the Premier League era, there have been six winners, none of them having been Liverpool. So why is that the case?

    If you told someone in 1990, when Liverpool won their last domestic title, that Leicester and Blackburn would have won more titles than them, and Manchester United would win 13 to your zeor over the next 27 years, they wouldn’t have believed you. These now simply serve as facts.

    Why can’t Liverpool get the monkey off their back?

    Let’s look at what is now the infamous 2013-14 season, which was the Reds’ best season to date.

    Liverpool didn’t do too much wrong. Their 101 goals in a season was only two goals off the record of 103 that Chelsea set in 2009-10. From February to April, the Reds recorded 11 straight wins. Although their defence wasn’t as tight as it could have been, their attack was brilliant with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge regularly finding the back of the net.

    All seemed to be going to script until ‘the slip’. Everyone in football knows about ‘the slip’ – if you are a Red, it equates to pain, if you aren’t a Red, it equates to humour.

    However, given the status Steven Gerrard holds in the sport, a bit of empathy can still be found for such a great player, though that empathy for a non-Liverpool supporter is generally short lived. In some cases, it doesn’t exist at all.

    Besides 2013-14, not too much else on the domestic front has been a cause of joy for Liverpool supporters around the world.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have both made winning part of their culture. United’s recent dry run is unlikely to be tolerated. They will have seen what has happened down the highway at Liverpool, and not want to replicate that. Chelsea’s style of ‘win or we will sack you’ has seen a big turnover in managers, but also fed their success.

    Why can’t Liverpool win?

    It’s not from a lack of trying. They have been persistent with managers, refusing to sack them before a fair go.

    When it didn’t work, they didn’t sit on their hands. Roy Hodgson only lasted six months and ending that early was the right move. Kenny Dalglish is a club legend but his stint at the start of this decade was the length it should have been. You could argue they have managed their managers well.

    So this is why… It’s the players.

    Liverpool have never really bought well enough. When United built a team around Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, they would complement it with more quality. Liverpool built a team around Gerrard and surrounded him with players that were good, not great.

    How many great players do Liverpool currently have on their books? Philippe Coutinho perhaps? Anyone else?

    There are no Ian Rushs or Kenny Dalglishs running out in red. It’s time to find a few, or produce them.

    When will Liverpool win their next domestic title? The question has been asked for 27 years. Millions of fans around the world will be hoping it doesn’t go on for a 28th.

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    • October 4th 2017 @ 7:18am
      Buddy said | October 4th 2017 @ 7:18am | ! Report

      I imagine that the answer is the same as for the other14 EPL residents. They have not been good enough. Back when Blackburn won the title on the back of a lucrative striking partnership between Shearer and Sutton, the competition was very different with far more teams genuinely feeling they could carry off the coveted title. These days it is a different story and to win it, everything has to be lined up and everyone singing from the same sheet, from the car park attendanr and canteen staff through the coaching and playing staff.
      It is still difficult to understand how Leicester broke into that elite group for one season, but as for the rest, it amounts to enormous resources and just the right level of motivation. There is a group that believes it is about recruiting a specific manager but it is plain to see that managers without the right players without the right attitude will not succeed. They may get close, but will fall short at the final hurdle. Liverpool are a constant reminder that the successes of the past count for nothing and that the measurement of success is always current and on the move. Looking back to a time in the 80’s when a club dominated the landscape might provide a warm glow for the fans that remember those days but it should also serve as a reminder of all the good things being done at the club that perhaps require attention these days. There is no right to win, nor does a club deserve anything just because of its past. There are plenty of examples of clubs that have almost disappeared without trace that once were part and parcel of the top flight. There again, maybe the simple answer is money?

    • October 4th 2017 @ 7:31am
      RBBAnonymous said | October 4th 2017 @ 7:31am | ! Report

      Lots of reasons why Liverpool haven’t won and it isn’t because of the slip. You can’t put that season down to a single game, there were plenty of games that they lost but should have won. They were all attack and poor defence.
      It’s not easy winning a premier league title, ask Arsenal, Tottenham and other clubs who are thereabouts at the end of the season. You also need a bit of luck here and there to also go your way. Plus it’s very difficult holding onto your best players when even bigger clubs come raiding and throw stupid money at you. Even still no one is crying for Liverpool still very successful, FA cups, UCL winners, massive fan base, huge history and usually in the mix domestically.

    • October 4th 2017 @ 7:56am
      Not so super said | October 4th 2017 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Because it’s not 1980 anymore and other clubs are stronger financially

      I’ve really missed you Beardan, looking forward to your next thrilling instalment

      • October 4th 2017 @ 12:06pm
        Beardan said | October 4th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        Cheers mate. Just finished a cricket article for the roar. Looking forward to the Aus vs Syria match tomorrow!

    • October 4th 2017 @ 8:00am
      punter said | October 4th 2017 @ 8:00am | ! Report

      They are a feeder club, a 2nd tier club, hence why Coutinho wanted to leave, why any great player left for another club apart from Gerrard & that was his biggest mistake!!!

      Liverpool have a great history, they have a great song but have fans living in the 1980s.

      • October 4th 2017 @ 8:33am
        Fadida said | October 4th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Agree, a team living off a history that is increasingly ancient. They are in the second group of teams; Chelsea and the Manchester sides stand alone, financially and with on field success.

        Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are in the second.

        It doesn’t help that Liverpool have managers who keep buying players who aren’t going to win a title. At the moment they have a poor keeper, a group of defenders and midfielders none of the other side I have mentioned would want. They both lack the money and reputation to attract top tier players

    • October 4th 2017 @ 8:11am
      chris said | October 4th 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      Before Bill Shankly arrived Liverpool were a struggling club and were even in the second tier for a number of years.
      Shanks changed everything and for 20 odd years no one could touch them. Not sure what the answer is (a rich benefactor?) but I can’t see any improvement in them as a club in the foreseeable future.

    • October 4th 2017 @ 8:13am
      Gavin R said | October 4th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      They dont invest well. They blew the Suarez money. You cant buy 8 players for £75 mil as Tottenham found out and think they can replace the quality of one. If you’re not willing to spend to keep up with the rest, you’ll become irrelevant as they’re finding out. They have an excellent manager in Klopp but its the same old story with transfer windows. It’ll be another 10 years before they win alongside Arsenal.

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