WITH the Carling Cup now locked away within Anfield’s overloaded trophy cabinet, as we now head toward the beginning of what some are suggesting is the dawning of a new era, a time where we return to halcyon days, when glory and silver lay entrenched in all that Liverpool Football Club were.
It is quite amazing how victory and collection of silverware can suddenly change the perception we have about our teams capabilities.
Only five short weeks ago some unruly servants to our King were plotting mutiny – an overthrow of the monarchy, with calls saying he had invested badly and was incapable of winning anything. Those same people who were happy to celebrate and revel in the winning of the Carling Cup.
So what made these peasants come to their conclusion? The answer lies within what is known as EXPECTATION. What they believed we were capable of achieving at the inception of this season, and unfortunately as we progressed and failed to actually meet those expectations, some supporters also failed in their own ambitious targets and more importantly they failed to redress those targets.
Most major businesses will, during the year, change targets to have a more realistic ambition. One which they can now more likely achieve – a review. That’s where football fans let themselves down. They need to find that reality check otherwise they will only ever face failure, and along with the failure they have created, comes a blame culture. Who is to blame for their side’s lack of achievement? Of course the answer is never the Football supporter themselves.
At the beginning of a season Bolton Wanderers and Wigan supporters most probably dream about winning a Cup or possibly finishing in the top ten in The Premier League. Fast forward to today and both would happily settle for avoidance of relegation. Manchester United are a prime example. Look at their current review of the season, where more than likely they will settle for winning the Europa League – a huge fall from grace – but you don’t hear many United fans critical of their Manager and certainly not asking for him to be taken to the tower and having him beheaded.
It will most defiantly be difficult for us now to finish in fourth position in the Premier League enabling us to qualify for a Champion leagues berth. That is a reality, although still possible with a good run of games. How the club builds the foundation for its assault on the Holy Grail which is the Premier League title is the most important thing, and not necessarily finishing fourth. By that I mean we need to win the Title – that has to be our mentality. Only then when that is possible will we be able to set ourselves realistic targets.
In the meantime we do have a team clearly capable of winning a major trophy, and with a lot of hard work and some luck we may even be capable of winning two this season. We are not however good enough right now to win the title, we are not the best team in the league, and we do not have the best squad in the league. So let’s give our club the time to build so in two or three years we do have a squad capable of winning the title, and once again have the best team in the league.
The important thing that fans and supporters can do right now is be realistic in the immediate ambition you have for the club. Let’s have a dose of realism, in the euphoric aftermath of our Wembley triumph, lets enjoy our victory but not forget what supporting this great club entails. The taste of that victory has reminded us all where we stand in the history of British football, and if we are to return to our former heights then time is the most important ingredient.
As Bill Shankly said about our club and about our fans;
“Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high and say – we’re Liverpool”
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