The words of a Liverpool supporter who had faith that his team could challenge for the Barclays Premier League title before a ball had been kicked remained at the back of Brendan Rodgers' mind throughout this incredible season.

Despite the Reds' fightback from falling behind to overcome Newcastle United 2-1 on Sunday, victory on home soil for Manchester City meant they were crowned champions at the climax of a titanic tussle.

Two points further back, Rodgers' team secured second place with their win against the Magpies, having ensured Champions League qualification last month with three fixtures to spare.

After the final whistle at Anfield, the manager reflected on the remarkable belief that has coursed through his squad during their recent surge and so nearly ended the club's wait to taste championship glory once more.

Back in August 2013, the Northern Irishman had confidence that something special could unfold in the nine months to follow - and particularly once he had pored over a letter from a Kopite the boss is unlikely to forget.

Rodgers explained: "I read a letter to the players on the first day of the season from a supporter, who told us about getting into the top four and the pride he has in the club, and not to just think about fourth but to think about winning.

"At the time, the players and the staff thought the letter was maybe a bit far-fetched, but I truly believed that we could progress - and so I read the same letter back again today.

"I think now, the word that will stand out is belief. We now believe that we can be up there challenging. All the young players will be much better for that."