We’ve all seen the variety of mugs, t-shirts and generally miscellaneous merchandising for the now famous wartime slogan. We’ve all shaken our heads as it appears to have manifested itself in every walk of life. But after the cataclysmic result against West Brom on Saturday, we could learn a thing or two from that old slogan – and it’s essential that we all do so.
First and foremost, it’s just one game. A game in which we played pretty well until the sending off to be fair. It was just like watching a carbon copy of last season. Play well, control game, create chances, miss chances, get punished, on wrong end of refereeing decision, heads go down, game over. That was a microcosm of our season.
But we need to remain positive. Screeching that we’ve appointed a relatively inexperienced manager and “I told you so” isn’t going to do anyone good.
The Americans paid big bucks out for him and his staff, he is here to stay and that’s all there is to it. It has been a long time since a manager had total support at Liverpool. The fans split into warring factions (and remain so) over Benitez, Hodgson received hardly any support (he was doomed from the start for this reason, though he was patently always going to be a dreadful appointment) and Dalglish might have had the backing of the fans but was not FSG’s man which is why it made their decision to sack him in May that little bit easier after a poor league season.
We desperately need to show the unity behind Rodgers. I feel sorry for him because it is important for any new manager to hit the ground running but our fixtures have been totally and utterly appalling to him. West Brom away was a great chance to get off to a good start with games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United all on the horizon. A defeat against City and the pressure on Rodgers is going to grow.
But that is madness, insanity even. It takes a while for a new regime to click into place. I remember Houllier’s revolutionised team losing 1-0 at home to Watford in the first game of the season at Anfield in a horribly disjointed performance. Hodgson’s second game was a 3-0 thumping away at Manchester City in an again disjointed and unfamiliar performance. We might have been defensively ragged after the red card on Saturday but I wouldn’t call it a disjointed performance until that moment. I actually thought we were impressive. We definitely should have been well in the lead and yet we ended up losing 3-0. One of those games that makes you despise football, although you return the week after nonetheless!
Screeching for his head to roll after one game is lunacy. But yet on Twitter, which after a poor result does tend to resemble some sort of asylum, people were, without a shred of irony, calling for his head. There is room for doubt about all his signings so far, there is room for doubt about whether he should have been given the job, but it is truly time for Liverpool fans to come together as a fan base and get ready for the long haul.
We are going to try and play football the right way and I firmly believe that when everything settles down, we are going to be competitive. I don’t think we’re going to Wembley thrice and I don’t think we’re going to win the Europa League, but I honestly think we can get ourselves back on our feet this year and look towards the Champions League places as a realistic goal IF we bring one or two more players in. If you listen to Rodgers, that’s what he’s trying to do.
Let’s just have a little patience, take our time and engender some positivity. It’s just one game. There are 37 more for us to be a lot closer to where we want to be.