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In the 2008/09 season Liverpool fell four points short of Manchester United, finishing second.

Gary Neville reveals the only occasion he feared Liverpool would win the Premier League

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Jurgen Klopp has breathed new life into Liverpool since his arrival at Anfield a year ago. The German's introduction of high-pressing football and his approachable personality has helped introduce fresh confidence into his team.

But it hasn't always been like that for the Reds in recent years, although former boss Brendan Rodgers did go agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2013/14.

It's been 26 years since the league title was last seen at Anfield, and in that period there have been a fair number of high-profile names who have left for chances to enjoy a more trophy-laden career elsewhere.

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The Champions League, and arguably the UEFA Cup, are the only high-profile trophies to land on the Red side of Merseyside, while FA Cups and League Cup triumphs have also followed.

However, it has certainly been a frustrating period for Liverpool fans, and most importantly the managers, who have seen some big names leave Anfield in recent years, who could have been the catalysts behind the Reds winning their first title in the Premier League era.

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Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have both been big name departures at Anfield in recent seasons. But former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville believes it was only an earlier generation of top class talent at Liverpool that caused him a genuine concern that their bitter rivals would win the league.

Prior to Steven Gerrard's departure from Anfield in 2015, the Liverpool legend played alongside the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres, who have all long since left the club.

Elusive league title

And, aside from three seasons ago under Rodgers, Liverpool have never since gone closer to winning their 19th league title.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “With Mascherano and Alonso in midfield, it’s the only time in my career where I thought ‘they’re actually good here.’

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"Gerrard was a number 10 and Torres was up front, with [Jamie] Carragher and [Sami] Hyypia in the centre of defence and with Reina in goal, I thought ‘another signing or two here, and they’re going to win the league or they’re close’.”

But luckily for United, their Anfield rivals never were able to beat them to top spot in the league. And some of the names Neville mentioned have never been seriously replaced - especially in defence.

Klopp wants loyalty

Although, Klopp has recently discussed his desire for Liverpool to be seriously competing at the top end of the table in order to ensure the Reds' biggest stars - including the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino - have no intention of leaving Anfield.

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The likes of Liverpool's famous number nine and Spanish midfield master may have long since moved on, but Klopp has already started to assemble what looks like a special crop of talent at Anfield.

It seems only a matter of time before the German makes Liverpool an English heavyweight once again, and Neville has every right to feel a little nervous.

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Steven Gerrard
Gary Neville
Football
Premier League
Xabi Alonso
Manchester United
Jamie Carragher
Sami Hyypia
Fernando Torres
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