GARY NEVILLE: Can Brendan Rodgers now live up to Bill Shankly¿s Liverpool legend?

Gary Neville for the Daily Mail

It would have been Bill Shankly’s 100th birthday tomorrow. Quite rightly the occasion is being marked at the game at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United. One of the most famous quotes attributed to Shankly was: ‘If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.’

When I was growing up, Liverpool hardly ever seemed to finish second, let alone anywhere below that. Checking their recent record, though, it’s strange for someone of my generation to see that in  the last four seasons Liverpool have finished seventh, eighth, sixth and seventh in the Premier League.

Even their captain Steven Gerrard revealed on MailOnline that the realistic ambition at the moment has to be the top four rather than the title…

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