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Liverpool - four times they almost landed title No.19

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In 1990 Alan Hansen lifted the old English first division trophy as Liverpool celebrated an unprecedented 18th top-flight title.

Madonna's 'Vouge' was top of the charts, Tim Berners-Lee was still a year away from introducing the World Wide Web and Margaret Thatcher occupied 10 Downing Street.

But 24-years on, Liverpool's tally of top-flight titles remains at 18. Here are four occasions when they so very nearly made it 19...

1990/1991

At the turn of the year, Liverpool looked on course to retain the title. The Reds sat comfortably at the summit of the league having lost just three games all season.

But after losing the lead four times in a 4-4 FA Cup tie with Everton, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish came under increasing scrutiny. The pressure proved too much and Dalglish resigned on February 22 1991. 

Graeme Souness took over and Liverpool remained narrowly ahead of Arsenal in a two-horse race for top spot. But Liverpool could not keep up with an impeccable Arsenal side, that lost just one of their 38 league games.

Eventually Liverpool were left behind in second, seven points behind the Gunners.

2000/2001

Despite winning the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and European Super Cup, Liverpool once again let the league title slip.

Michael Owen was in his element and in late April, Liverpool remained strong favourites, one point clear at the top of the table.

But amazingly, Arsenal came back and won the their final 13 league fixtures to claim title.

2008/2009

Rafael Benitez and his terrible goatee where at the helm and Fernando Torres could not be stopped but neither could Manchester United.

Liverpool suffered just two defeats all season, both at the hands of Manchester United. But with a serious lack of depth in the striker department, in tight games Liverpool often only claimed one point when they should of taken three. 

After registering 11 draws, the Reds finished in second, four points behind the Red Devils and again the Kop was left contemplating the ifs and buts.

2013/2014

For the first time in five years, Liverpool fans' pessimism gave way to optimism. Brendan Rodgers men were not just beating teams, they were blowing them away with some pace, power and precision.

After surviving a spirited comeback to beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, and edging past Norwich at Carrow Road. Liverpool were five points clear at the top, with just 270 minutes of football left. 

But Liverpool were outdone by a Jose Mourinho masterclass at Anfield and a week later, after going 3-0 up against Crystal Palace, they somehow let the lead slip through their fingers and with it, their best chance to end their 24-year title drought.

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