"For us to have not won the league since 1990 is not good enough," he said.
"A club with this history should have got an awful lot closer during those 24 years. There are 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 you come to the end of the season and you see the big hitters spending all kinds of money and making their squads even stronger.
"But when Brendan [Rodgers, the manager] came in I got a real feeling from him. I liked his vision for the club. I totally believe in this manager and his plans.
"You hang on to that glimmer of hope that you will have one small chance, one final go before you hang up your boots... and it’s here."