It’s not over just yet. Not officially. Not quite. And as long as it isn’t over, officially, there will always be that tiniest sliver of doubt given what’s gone before, all Liverpool’s multiple near misses in the league over the past thirty years.
The nice thing, if you’re a Liverpool fan, and the comforting thing, is that there’s very little doubt that this group of players will keep going. That they won’t let up. That they’ve learned any lessons they need to and will keep their focus.
“We’re not getting carried away,” said left back Andy Robertson following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United when he was asked if the title race was now over. “We would obviously love to say yes, but no.”
Sunday’s victory was Liverpool’s 21st out of 22, giving them a 16 point cushion in the league—with a game in hand for extra padding. Still, as Robertson sees it, any extra celebrations were about the particular opponent and not the league.
“You are playing against your rivals who you’ve had great battles with over the years and the fans probably want to rub it in a bit,” the feisty Scotsman noted. “Until the champions sign is above our heads we don’t believe anything.
“Yes, the lead is 16 points but we know how tough it gets. We’ve beaten United and in three days’ time we go away to Wolves, who are flying, and it’s an incredibly tough game. We know how hard this league is and how the table can change.”
This is a group that knows that—a group that saw a 97-point campaign fall them short of breaking Liverpool’s Premier League title drought last season. But it’s also a side that knows that if they keep getting results, nobody can catch them.
“It’s up to us to stay 100% focused,” Robertson added. “If we do then we keep ticking off the games and we hopefully get closer and closer. We can believe once the final whistle of that game goes.”