THREE league games in and the hysterical reactionists are circling the club with a taste for blood. A mediocre start yielding a solitary point from a possible 9, a thin squad minus a front man of prolific calibre and an owner who apparently let down the manager in his quest for a front man during the dying embers of the increasingly desperate final day of the transfer window.
I can understand the disappointment of my fellow Reds after Andy Carroll’s departure and the aftermath of failing to bag a replacement.
But lessons have had to be learned from previous expensive mistakes. I believe the owners are fed up with the value of our targets increasing massively when our interest comes apparent. The smell of desperation in boardrooms all over the country is potent on August 31st and this is why, although I don’t condone them leaving us a striker short, I admire their stance of not being held to ransom by Mohammed Al Fayed for Clint Dempsey (who despite being a quality footballer has little sell-on potential). We should not forget how perilous our financial position was when FSG bought the club some 22 months ago – doing a ‘Rangers’ wasn’t a fallacy, it was frighteningly close to a reality.
The impatience we have had over the last few years with managers has caused this great club to drift aimlessly, but the one thing we need is a vision; financial solvency is the backbone to achieving this vision which will take time. We need to adjust our sights for the time being, nobody ever said getting to where you want to will be is easy. The foundations are what John Henry is looking at right now. We have already been down the route of attempting to buy the cream of young British talent, with sell-on potential (according to Comolli). The key is to change the culture of the place – this took Alex Ferguson years to achieve but a dynasty was created.
The owner felt compelled to pen an open letter to the fans after our 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, reiterating that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette. There will be hard times ahead but we need to stay level headed and restrained in the face of perceived set-backs.
“We will never place this club in the precarious position that we found it in when we took over at Anfield. This club should never again run up debts that threaten its existence.
“Most of all, we want to win. That ambition drives every decision. It is the Liverpool way. We can and will generate the revenues to achieve that aim. There will be short-term setbacks from time to time, but we believe we have the right people in place to bring more glory to Anfield.”
It is becoming more apparent that the club is now being run in a more financially sound way which was of course a necessity after last year’s recklessness in the transfer market. This will probably mean we may have to wait a while longer before the real signal of progression is set in motion – a new stadium. Yes they will invest but it’s all well and good having a splurge, but there needs to be thought and structure behind it, we cannot underestimate how handicapped we are with the lack of Champions League football in regards to finance and attracting the type of player whom we crave.
What the owners need to realise is that we cannot keep bring in players of middling quality when long term proper investment is needed, this does not mean purchasing a galaxy of stars who’s wages alone would get them into Forbes magazine, no, a radical overhaul of our scouting system and our Academy which after a long barren spell is finally starting to churn out players worthy of the shirt, this needs to be built on and I am sure that this is part of their long term vision.
So let them build our great club upwards and let’s get behind them from top to bottom. It will be a rocky road but they are not working towards short-term, there’s is the long game.
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