Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard knows time is running out to end his career-long search for a Premier League title, but remains hopeful it is not an entirely impossible quest.
The 32-year-old midfielder has won every other major club honour since making his Reds debut in 1998, but it's not in his nature to give up on a domestic crown.
"It is not easy and it is a frustration but it is life, it is football," the England skipper told Press Association Sport. "This is a very hard league to win and there are some fantastic teams about.
"There are thousands of other players in this league who have not achieved what I have achieved so I suppose they are in a similar position to me saying to themselves 'I haven't got a European Cup' - I've played in two European Cup finals.
"I have done an awful lot in the game and yes, the league has eluded me. Some of the games I look back on with frustration and regret are the ones we drew at home which cost us the title (in 2008/09 when they finished second, four points behind champions Manchester United)."
Gerrard is confident he will play beyond the end of his current Liverpool contract, which expires at the end of next season, and believes that the positive strides being made at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers means he has every right to be positive about the future.
"I'm not really one who looks back, I look forward, and I am never going to give up fighting for the title," he added. "But I'm realistic about where the team is at the moment and how much hard work and improvement needs to be done if we are to compete for it.
"Have I got the time on my side? No. Is it impossible? No. Let's just see how the next two or three years go. I know I am good enough to play in a side to win the league and I know I am a good enough player to win the league but sometimes stuff is out of your control."
Since Liverpool ran United so close in 2009, the club's fortunes have taken a significant dip, having finished seventh, sixth and eighth in the Premier League in the past three seasons.
But, Gerrard - who has been at the club since the age of nine - has remained loyal to the club, twice turning down offers from Chelsea, in favour of staying on Merseyside.