The moment Steven Gerrard failed to control a team-mates' pass in Liverpool's game against Chelsea, almost two weeks ago now, Liverpool's title dreams went up in flames. Their misery was further compounded when they failed to secure all three points against Crystal Palace, after they let slip a 3-0 advantage to draw 3-3 with 10 minutes of the game remaining.
With the Barclays Premier League trophy then seemingly destined for the Etihad this season hard done to Liverpool fans have called for the club to be named as the 33rd participant in this year's FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in 32 days time. Sections of the club's supporter base have held protests somewhere or other, no one really knows why but they were holding placards emblazoned with 'Justice for Stevie G', 'Liverpool FC - World Champions 2014' and 'Why always/never us?'
The campaign has been given the thumbs up by former Liverpool greats Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Yosser Hughes. It will be the biggest opportunity an English league club has had to win the World Cup since West Ham United won it in 1966.