Liverpool fans are dreaming that the 24-year wait to win the title may soon be over… but do they really think that the Reds are going to do it this season?
The 3-0 victory against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday sent Liverpool back to second place in the Barclays Premier League, four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand and nine left to play.
Manchester City still look to be the favourites two points further adrift in fourth spot behind Arsenal, as they have played fewer matches than the rest of the top four sides, though Liverpool are certainly now in with a realistic chance of ending their championship-chasing wilderness years.
Steven Gerrard scored twice from the spot but missed out on a hat-trick at Old Trafford when he struck the post with his third penalty of a remarkable match, before Luis Suarez grabbed a third goal to see off reigning champions United, who also had Nemanja Vidic sent off.
After the confidence-boosting result, Gerrard told Sky Sports: “We’ve showed today that we are genuine contenders and we are going to fight until the end for this. We believe it and the rest of the people that are fighting for it with us have got to believe that we are going for it.”
Reds fans around the world will be sharing the captain’s optimism, yet how much faith do they have that winning the title is destined to happen?
JMU Journalism went out on the streets of Liverpool on Monday to ask 50 LFC supporters the question on everyone’s minds – not whether they hope or pray it’s possible – but are Brendan Rodgers’ side actually going to win the Premier League this year?
It was clear that while not everyone is convinced that LFC will be crowned champions, the majority do back their team to succeed as 68% of those polled said yes, this campaign is going to finish with Liverpool top of the table.
Scroll through the list of comments below to read their answers.
Additional reporting by Joshua Weale, Jess MacDonald, Claire Bynoe, Bill Evans, Nick Seddon, Chantal Dickinson, Jack Horrocks & Aimee Jones.