It is almost 23 years since the Reds won their last league title and in the intervening period they have had to watch their arch-rivals accumulate championships with alarming regularity.
Two seasons ago United moved themselves clear of Liverpool's tally with a record 19th title, and it may be a while before the Merseysiders are in a position to genuinely think they can begin levelling things up again.
"Of course Manchester United have been very dominant over a number of years but this is a football club that also had dominance for many years," said the Liverpool manager.
"What you are always fighting for, every day, is to get back to that level.
"It's a long, hard journey but it has to start somewhere, and what I've seen in this first period that I've been here is that going forward, we can achieve great things.
"The root of it is having a competitive squad and that is what we are trying to build, create consistency and an environment which allows you to learn and develop.
"There is no doubt on the day, as we have shown this season, we will be a match for anyone but we are now starting to see that consistency and that is important if you are going to succeed.
"That will be the benchmark for us going forward and hopefully we can keep progressing up the table."
Liverpool head to Old Trafford on Sunday 21 points behind leaders United. Only once since Sir Alex Ferguson joined United in 1987 have Liverpool been so far behind them at this stage - in 1994 under Graeme Souness.
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