LET’S face it; the current Liverpool side is not good enough. Never mind top 4, Europa League qualification for next season seems distant at best. And the main problem isn’t lack of quality or investment. The problem is that Liverpool seem to have forgotten that they are a big club.
Big clubs have big ambitions by default. Look at Real Madrid; they used to sack managers for not winning the Champions League, despite winning La Liga! Now that’s a big club for you.
There were two big clubs in England. Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Spurs are good clubs with their own unique history and traditions, but not great ones. But even Nottingham Forest have won more European Cups than all these clubs combined! But Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, who won European Cup three times between them, have failed to keep up to the pace and fell behind hopelessly.
That means that the two left are Liverpool FC and Manchester United. I hate to admit that, but Man Utd are so far ahead of LFC that there isn’t a slight hope of catching them at the moment because they remember what it means to be a part of a truly great club. It’s an ability to behave and perform.
I mean, look at their squad! Take Rooney and RVP out of it and they are so much worse than the Reds. But they finished in the top two, nine times in the last ten seasons – never mind winning Championships year in year out.
Look at the present situation at Liverpool. Four managers in three years, one League Cup in seven, and constant moaning about referees. In every interview Brendan Rodgers keeps complaining about the decisions that “cost us the game”.
He may be right on many occasions, but Liverpool used to be bigger than moaners. Remember what was said about them in the past? “The championship winning machine”, “best team in the world”, “best players in the world”. What are they saying now? “Moaners”, “Unlucky”, “Best player is a racist and a diver”, and the worst of it: “Twelfth in the league”. A win used to be a default, winning with style was normal. Now we seem to accept losing with style and cursing bad luck. Something’s got to be wrong.
So maybe the manager and players should be bigger? Should remember what a great club they are part of? And be unhappy and disgusted with the results and not referees? Because otherwise LFC may end up where Villa and Forest are. Somewhere, not on top.
“If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing” – Bill Shankly.