NOW this might seem to you a most silly and pointless question as you reply sharply and bluntly either United or Everton.
Yet, a wonder of the beautiful game is those rivalries beyond geography or history, and instead those which lay on a personal level. Maybe it’s an inter-family rivalry, a drunken bet with a friend or like myself, you live in an area surrounded by Spurs fans.
Of course every Liverpool fan overtly regards United and possibly to a lesser extent – if you’re not a Scouser – Everton, as two, if not the two biggest games of the season with so much more than just the three points at stake. The former’s tension has also recently been racked up a notch, or two, or three, in the last year; we don’t need to go into that, but I for one relish the added intensity.
However, growing up in North East London, I can’t go even a day without being reminded of “the best player in the world” that is Gareth Bale. Yes, he’s a great player, but one hat-trick in the Champions League does not make him and your team world beaters. A match too, I might add, that you lost, and a competition which you have been in a grand total of once in your “illustrious” life. So yes, I must concede as all the evidence suggests, that Spurs are a “t’rrific” team.
It is this new found arrogance which has suddenly overcome all fans of the White Hart Lane club that has only intensified my desire to beat them. Most of my friends are such, and we’ve always had a good rivalry. I remember those Monday mornings in the school playground before class after the weekend we had played, and there being no better start to the week than turning up looking smug, grinning all over, spotting your mates from across the playground, strutting over and casually saying “alright?”. Cue a whole list of excuses and reasons we were ‘lucky’, but none of that mattered. I had the bragging rights for now.
So for those reasons, Spurs are the team that I’m most looking forward to playing this season and are praying that we rectify the trend of the last few years and put those who are ahead of themselves right back to where they belong, and a certain left winger back into the realm of obscurity for which he rudely popped his head out of.
So, Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and co, I want my Monday mornings back!
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