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Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan, captain Alan Hansen and John Barnes celebrate winning Liverpool's last league titleIn 1990, the year Liverpool last won the league, the club's current owner John W Henry also lifted silverwa...

Liverpool: What it would mean if Jurgen Klopp’s side can win Premier League

Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan, captain Alan Hansen and John Barnes celebrate winning Liverpool's last league title

In 1990, the year Liverpool last won the league, the club's current owner John W Henry also lifted silverware.

The West Palm Beach Tropics, a team of veteran baseball players he had brought together, topped their Florida seniors' league.

That same summer, Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp signed for German second-tier club Mainz as a 22-year-old striker. Meanwhile, midfielder and skipper Jordan Henderson was born at a maternity ward in Sunderland.

With six games to go, the pressure built up over 29 titleless years will be weighing heavily on Liverpool's figureheads.

But the burden of the barren spell has been borne most by those with longer ties and lower profiles than the owner, manager or captain.

Between 1972-73 and 1989-90, the Reds had won 11 out of 18 league championships, a period of overwhelming dominance that also brought four European Cups, two Uefa Cups, three FA Cups and four successive League Cups.

Those who have followed, worked for and reported on the club for decades explain what would it mean for the wait to end...

The stadium announcer

Sephton outside the Shankly Gates at Anfield

Known as the 'Voice of Anfield', a 25-year-old George Sephton was first heard over the Anfield tannoy on 14 August 1971, making his debut on the same day as Kevin Keegan. That initial trial period has now stretched to almost 48 years. He turned 73 earlier this year.

"The word 'obsession' is right.

"It just feels wrong there are whole generations of Liverpool fans who weren't born the last time we won the league. That is just plain wrong.

"Phil Easton, who used to work as pitchside announcer alongside me, died 10 years ago. The former chairman John Smith passed away in 1995.

"If you had told them when Alan Hansen lifted the trophy in 1990 that we would not win it again in their lifetime, they would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Sephton pitchside after a Champions League tie in 2014

"Winning the title had got to be routine in my first 20 years in this job. I remember coming home in August 1984 and telling my wife that the place was as quiet as a cathedral. People were turning up just knowing that we were going to win silverware at the end of the season.

"It is like The Mousetrap [the West End whodunnit, that has been running for a record 66 years]. When you have seen it umpteen times, maybe the excitement has gone out of it a bit.

"Now, I will be happy if we win it just once more in my lifetime. I really will, that is my big ambition.

"I try not to think about the possibility of winning it. I will have to move a camp bed into Anfield if we do, because I won't be going home after the last game.

"The parties will be going on quite some time."

The landlord

Tremarco outside The Arkles

Paul Tremarco has run The Arkles pub, which is 200 yards from Anfield, for the past 10 years. A Liverpool season ticket holder for the past 45 years, it is the same job he did between 1990 and 1993.

"I work downstairs and live upstairs. Every morning, I open my curtains and there is Anfield. I am passionate about the club and this is the perfect job at my time of life.

"We may be in the last eight of the Champions League, but everyone wants the Premier League, without a doubt. You can hear it in the conversations.

"When I was a young lad in my early 20s it was a matter of who came second to us. I was fortunate to live through that period and we really didn't appreciate it as we should have done.

"Now it is different and it is all about money.

Fans gather outside The Arkles before last season's Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City

"When Bill Shankly won the league in 1964, two years after promotion from the second division, that was a mega achievement. Winning the European Cup for the first time, in 1977, was massive.

"Winning the Premier League this season would be as good as that, if not better.

"I can tell you straight right now, if we do you would not be able to get in my pub from nine in the morning of that final game against Wolves.

"There would be 54,000 in the ground to see the game and 200,000 in the area just to experience the feeling of it.

"We are the outsiders, the ones no-one wants to win. Even Manchester United fans would prefer for City to win the league. Maybe it is because of our history.

"For me though, Manchester and Liverpool are rivals in football, but not as cities. We are proud of Manchester being on our doorstep and we are very similar cities in some ways.

"They have the same sayings, similar ways, even support a team in red!"

The adopted Scouser

Herstad and his partner have had two children since moving to Liverpool two years ago

'We're not English, we are Scouse' reads a banner on the Kop. With a reported 580 million supporters around the world,