Liverpool's title challenge has surpassed the expectations of many this season as few would have placed them as definite top four finishers back in August. However has everything come too quickly for Brendan Rodgers and his squad?

For starters, Rodgers deserves immense credit and applause for what he has achieved at Anfield this season and no-one can deny what a great job he has done. He has taken a group of players that finished seventh last season and turned them into favourites for the title. Whether Liverpool win the title or not, their season should go down as a success. 

But I'm not sure that it will.

Given the media frenzy around Liverpool and the sense of realistic hope that many of their fans now feel when considering Liverpool's title winning chances, if they fail to bring home the ultimate prize then a mere Champions League place may not be seen as successful as it would have been at the season's outset.

Liverpool will be expected to challenge again next season.

It's natural for supporters to expect a continued development at a club and if Liverpool fail to win the title this season then many will expect them to go on and win it next year, or to at least challenge for it.

However, the pressures of the Champions League may weigh heavily on Rodgers' shoulders next season. He certainly won't be able to field the same starting XI each week like he has for much of this season.

It's debatable how many new signings Rodgers is looking to bring in next season. He may not even know because of his thoughts being firmly placed on winning this season's title. However, in order to secure a repeat of this season's league form, Liverpool surely need several additions and more strength in depth as they prepare for a more congested fixture list.

It may be the case that Rodgers has almost done too well this season and raised the bar for him and his team too high.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next season. But for now Rodgers and his team must remember to clap themselves on the back, Premier League title in the other hand or not.

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