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LFC: The Reality Check

Date: 15th January 2013 at 4:00 pm
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LFC fans support believe bannerANOTHER weekend has come and gone, another defeat by the old enemy. The result on Sunday, whilst not a hammering by United, was still ultimately a defeat. A bad first 45 minutes cost us the match. The last 45 was by no means perfect but it was better. Personally I’d say I was only genuinely impressed with the last 20 minutes.

As a lifelong Red, I hate nothing more than losing to United, even more so than I hate losing to Everton.

Most United fans agree that losing to Liverpool is worse than losing to City – maybe that’s a generation thing. I’m sure with the title on the line between City & United the younger fans and glory hunters in Surrey may disagree, but ask a United player or a lifelong United fan, they’ll agree losing to Liverpool hurts like no other.

With defeat comes anger and today with social media it comes thick and fast. As a lover of Twitter and all things social I had to just look away from my timeline due to sheer hysteria happening on my screen. Even the eternal optimists such as Kristian Walsh of ESPN issuing stark warnings to to learn the big game lessons and learn quickly; something I don’t disagree with. Yet if an Alien came from another planet and looked at Twitter yesterday they would have been forgiven for thinking Liverpool just lost the title.

It’s time for a reality check here. are a team not only in transition, but a team struggling to find their way again. 3 years of mismanagement from Hicks & Gillett bringing the club to its knees was enough to stint our progress back 5 or 6 years. New owners finding their feet (albeit far too slowly for me), and a new manager trying to get back to the values of the initial vision brought in by Shankly.

Over the last 24 hours I’ve heard comments like ‘Brendan Rodgers is the worst manager ever’. Any fan saying that can’t have watched us under Roy Hodgson. Not only was his football awful to watch, he didn’t get the Liverpool Way. Praising his team after being thrashed by Manchester United was not the smartest move. Indeed even last year under Kenny I saw some of the worst performances I can remember. At times I also saw some brilliant one’s too. To be clear I’m not slating Dalglish, who is and always will be my hero. I’m simply stating fact.


As much as I hate to say it, if you look at the greats in football and make no mistake, Alex Ferguson is a great in the game, he was just one game away from being sacked; a late goal in the over Forrest giving him a stay of execution. That goal seemed to transform the fortunes for United, consistency their main issue got better, not only did they go on to win the that year, they went on the challenge for the title, the following year winning the Cup Winners Cup and then the hard work paid off in 1993, their first League title in 26 years. Since then they’ve been the force in football in both English and for a time, the world (they’re not the European force anymore), but they’re still winning all these years on.

I’m not trying to compare Rodgers to Fergie, but if you look at the Fergie’s career you’ll maybe see a lesson. Not only is football a game of fine margins, it’s something that isn’t always solved by a big name. It requires character, football nous and learning when you get things wrong. Fergie has done that, he’s changed his way of working, formation, coaches and players in order to progress. But he was given time initially and he’s proven himself now. What he does all too well is bring the right balance between superstar players and excellent players. Something we forgot to do at Liverpool, with everyone having to be world class.

Real Madrid proved that model didn’t work in the long term after Beckham joined the famous Galacticos!

As fans we should be upset by Sunday and we’re right to demand more. But demand within what is reasonable. Demand the manager learn, demand more from the players and demand more from the owners. Most of all demand we find a way to win. At the end of this season if they don’t respond and in the summer we don’t invest then judge then if you have faith or not; but for now be patient and give Rodgers time in order to stamp his philosophy on the team.

Mediocrity will and never should be accepted with Liverpool, but it’s a long road back to glory – personally I believe we’re on the right road, ultimately it’s up to Rodgers & to make sure we stay on it.


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56 thoughts on “LFC: The Reality Check

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  • Dave
    2 years ago

    Like him or loathe him , does not really matter . What matters is getting results for this football club .
    His inability to win any matches against any top half teams shows he is not up to the job . Considering in Suarez we have the league’s best player , that is an astonishing and disgraceful stat .
    People say he needs time – rubbish . He has had more than he deserves . Good managers come in and have an immediate impact , Rodgers has after all some great great players at his disposal

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    • Dan
      2 years ago

      Really, how long did it took whisky nose and even after all the money they threw at the club how long did it take man city and after all the money thrown at chelski where has it really got them and how long did it take. Wake up man people like you just like to trash the manager without backing it up, just stating a good manger comes in and makes a difference.

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      • Terry Mac
        2 years ago

        Mancini won cup 1st season and league 2nd . Wenger brought immediate success as did Rafa for us . Redknapp improves things instantly wherever he goes . When Kenny returned he dramatically improved results. Chelsea have had massive massive success or would u like me to count all the trophies they have won

        You really have no idea what your talking about , do u ?
        ill make it simple- good managers get good results , bad managers get bad results . understand ? Rodgers has had awful results

        Kop on you fool

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        • Dan
          2 years ago

          really u idiot who was there before Mancini the money was thrown at the club way before that, KK blew money what instant difference did he make except win some crap cup, I am talking about the league not local cup games. Redknapp improved things fine where is he now, You are the fool your living in some Fifa video game think you know everything idiot supporters like you should bug off and support another team you thick moron. What has Wenger done by the way what has he achieved in the last few years, nothing. Improve my backside. Go live in the real world twit

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        • Maik
          2 years ago

          I agree Terry but i think your arguing with someone who is not the full shilling

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        • Chan
          2 years ago

          Terry, i appreciate your goodwork but i am afraid you are wasting your time with Dan who is just too thick to understand what we are saying.

          @ Dan,

          Rafa, won the CL in his first season with little money and no strikers. See good manager = good results and immediate impact, bad managers = bad results.

          We kept is simple so at your level you could understand.

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  • Liam Traynor
    2 years ago

    Well done and said Terry and Chan

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    • stevieG
      2 years ago

      Yes all good points totally correct

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  • imraan
    2 years ago

    Guys Brendon Rogers was the one who with his car salesman talk complete bulls* the Loyal Liverpool supporters with this patience talk .Look at the FACTS …Firstly KK gets fired for unpreforming ( I personally didnt think we had the worts of seasons KK and Clarke made mistakes but in your first year of a job you are going to BUT WE did BEAT the TOPSIDE …EVERY TOPSIDE , Man U , Chelsea , man city and Arsnel @ HIGHBURY ) soo anyways KK was fired for UNDERPREFORMING , u would assume that the NEXT manages immediate job would have been to make this team preform asap . Soo they overlooked AVB ( who spent his whole time after Chelsea trying to proof his worth and have a number of well researched targets ) and went for BrenDoM with his 1500 pages on how he was GOING TO TAKE US TO THE TOP …. what did he immediatly do when he first came in was dramatically weaken the team but GIVING AWAY NEXT TO NOTHING , Maxi < Bellamy < KUYT < AQULANI ( wats the dif between Aqua and ALLEN ????) and then said that Liverpool needs time to build because we have a weak squard ….So give me time guys , Patience , we not where we need to be …Look at our POOR results we have a weak team ( yes but BrenDOM you made it weak ) …So you now see how hes instantly bought him time and U HAVE TO BE PATIENT GUYS ….at the end of the day dont be baffeled by the bull* …compare the current MAN U team to ours , we have a better Keeper ( whos declining this season ) a back line of Johnson / kelly /wisdom / Agger / Skrytl and Enrique whos LAST YEAR WHERE THERE BEST DEFENSE …so he F that one up as well , a Mid of Lucas < Gerrard , Shelvey < Hendo who are better that Cleverly ,anderson and Carrick and forward attack we have saurez who is equal if not better than RVP …. WE DONOT HAVE A BAD TEAM GUYS ….IF FERGIE managed this team we would be TOP AT WORST …we just have a very very POOR manager and the longer we buy into the bullshit the longer we are going to be from a turn around ….I have read " The emporers NEW CLOTHES " i dont think either FSG have OR the LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS have cuz I really dont know who the wool is being pulled over ….

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    • redrum
      2 years ago

      Everything you have said is correct . 2 things need to happen for our club to move forward
      1 . Liverpool fans need to wake up , and show their dissatisfaction ( shock horror yes that means booing , banners etc ) at our unimpressive manager , until he is sacked and a proper manager put in place

      2 . Fans groups need to sit down in dialogue with FSG and ask them to sell up . We can never get back near the top without proper investment and owners who have our best interests at heart

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      • simon
        2 years ago

        I agree totally to both of you .

        Something needs to be done and SOON

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    • Santosh
      2 years ago

      Right on, inner Rodgers we will not go forward.he has no clue how to handle a club like Liverpool. He has the mind set of a courtroom of the table club n unless a act soon that’s where a will be.

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  • imraan
    2 years ago

    Appoligys ment our defensive team was the 3d best in the league not where we are now , which is probelly the one of the worst .

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  • Red Dawn
    2 years ago

    I disagree author – Rodgers IS the worst manager in our history , at least since the 50s . Idont remember further back

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    • imraan
      2 years ago

      BrenDOOM is the worst NO DOUBT ….

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