Steven Gerrard said he is taking nothing for granted as Liverpool edge closer to a league title since 1990, admitting he almost gave up on lifting the Premier League with his boyhood club.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, the 33-year-old revealed he was treating this season like his "one shot" to claim a Premier League winners' medal.
"For us to have not won the league since 1990 is not good enough. A club with this history should have got an awful lot closer -- if not actually done it -- during those 24 years," Gerrard said.
"There have been times when maybe I have given up on it -- or been close to giving up on it. When you are finishing seventh or eighth and you see the gap to the top sides, it's mentally tough. And then, come the end of the season, you see the big hitters spending all kinds of money and making their squads even stronger.
"I've got to treat this like it's the one shot, just because this league is so strong and there are no guarantees next year."
Gerrard has enjoyed a sparkling campaign playing under manager Brendan Rodgers, who recently hailed his captain as the best deep-lying midfielder in Europe.
Gerrard added: "When Brendan came in I got a real feeling from him in our first conversation that I had. Not because he was telling me personally what he wanted from me but because I liked his vision for the club.
"I totally believe in this manager and his plans. I totally believe. I bought into that from the first conversation.
"He's a phenomenal man for his age . I think he's going to grow into one of the world's best managers and I hope he is here long after I am gone. I hope he is here for many, many years because this club is in great hands. Whatever happens now until the end of the season, it's safe."