They had every reason to be miserable PA Parenteau Jersey Ebay and downcast; a first league title in 24 years slipping so painfully from their grasp in the final two weeks of the campaign, and confirmed when a final-day victory over Newcastle was rendered irrelevant by Manchester City beating West Ham. As City were crowned champions for the second time in three seasons to scenes of wild celebration, everyone connected with Liverpool must have wondered what might have been. But if so, they did a good job of hiding it and any gloom was conspicuous by its absence as an overwhelming sense of pride engulfed this famous old ground, the reality dawning that the Reds have returned to the top table of English football and look well equipped to stay there. Just 12 months ago they were seventh, 28 points behind champions Manchester United, having finished eighth, sixth and seventh in the preceding three years. Fast forward to Sunday and they were just two points adrift of a team whose level of talent and wealth is greater than almost any other in global sport. Not since 1989 had Liverpool entered the final day vying to win the league (they triumphed in 1990 with games to spare), and before kick-off one fan told me she was on the verge of tears - tears of joy her side were in contention, that they got there with an attacking style befitting of the club's tradition, and had done so 25 years on from the Hillsborough disaster. In Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge they have the division's top two scorers. Suarez refused the move he wanted last summer, later signing a new contract and recently collecting both the Professional Footballers' Luol Deng Black Jersey Association and Football Writers' Association player of the year awards. Captain Steven Gerrard has found a new lease of life at 33, and his midfield partner Jordan Henderson is one of the top flight's most improved performers, while Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have regularly enthralled with their combination of speed and trickery. The positive statistics are many and varied, but one of the most pertinent is that in 2011-12, the season before Brendan Rodgers took over as manager, Liverpool scored just 47 league goals. This term they netted 101, hitting three figures for the first time since 1895-96. It was a backdrop that made for another ebullient pre-match atmosphere, thousands lining Anfield Road to welcome the team bus - red flags, scarves and flares wherever you looked - before a spine-tingling rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone that continued beyond kick-off. Few were backing West Ham to upset City at Etihad Stadium, which Liverpool needed alongside three points of their own, but the fans have proudly displayed a banner reading "Make Us Dream" and they were not about to stop believing the unlikely could become a reality. Liverpool seemed gripped by nerves throughout the first half, though, and most of the optimism was crushed when Martin Skrtel put through his own net and news of City taking the lead arrived. Still the locals willed their team forward, but http://www.officialbullsonline.com/Authentic-Derrick-Rose-Jersey with every careless mistake came more frustration from the stands and although Liverpool showed spirit to complete a comeback, City had extended their lead and were preparing to get their hands on the silverware. The final whistle marked a 16th win in 19 home league games and was greeted with deserving applause, yet this was a performance that highlighted the issue that has probably cost Liverpool the glory.