It has been 21 years since Liverpool lifted an 18th league title which, at the time, was 11 more than Manchester United had mustered in their history.
However, since the conception of the Barclays Premier League, United have won the league on 12 occasions, with the last triumph eclipsing the record of their north-west rivals as Sir Alex Ferguson & Co secured a famous 19th crown.
It was a bitter blow for Liverpool, whose barren patch continues, but optimism on Merseyside is sky high under Kenny Dalglish, who transformed the fortunes the Reds after after taking over from Roy Hodgson in January.
Two men desperate to ensure they can be a part of a title-winning Liverpool side are Kop heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, with both players believing anything is possible under King Kenny.
“Manchester United have had a fantastic last ten or 15 years, and won a lot of league titles,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know whether it was inevitable (that they would break Liverpool’s record) but the way they were playing, we knew the 19th was going to come.
“That is the fantastic thing about it - that rivalry is never going to go away. The biggest game in the Premier League is always going to be Liverpool v Manchester United.
“Especially now that they can see improvement at Liverpool now Kenny has come in and we are making big signings. Hopefully, we will be a lot more competitive than we have been over the last few years.”
Carragher echoed the sentiment of his skipper, adding: “It’s been a few years now since we won a trophy and that’s what we want to try and change this season coming – though I’m sure everyone has got the same idea!
“We can’t keep these records, the same applies with the five Champions Leagues, if we aren’t competing for them and trying to win more.
"We can’t stay at 18 (league titles), we want to try and win more and we realise it has been too long for Liverpool, and that is something we are all looking to change.”
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