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This ‘Mid-Table’ Mentality Needs To Be Relegated

Date: 4th January 2013 at 5:30 pm
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A 3-0 win over QPR on 30th December was very welcome indeed. As much for the first half performance as anything, but it was the 3 points that were all-important.

For me, it was the devastating showing from our main man, , which put the bottom side to the sword but it was always partly inspired by the name – and legend – of our great football club.

I’ve complained for many years that far too many sides across Europe wilt and die before they’ve even walked out onto the same pitch as , such is their reputation. But ’s reputation still goes before them too, and I think that that was partly to thank for the way QPR just didn’t get started on Sunday afternoon.

The ‘This Is Anfield’ sign was put there for a very specific reason: to intimidate the opposition. It was all part of the psychology of Bill Shankly’s and has been there ever since.

I noticed that QPR have had a similar sign installed at Loftus Road (although, I really do hope it was a joke) but I can’t see that inspiring fear into any visiting teams any time soon.

To infuse a sign like that with any sort of meaning or warning, you need to have a history and that is exactly what our club has: over 100 years of rich history. The last 20 or so have been rough at times but the amount of press coverage and the weight our name still carries across the world shows that we still matter a great deal to millions of people.

And this is why this attitude that I’ve seen beginning to creep in from some fans that ‘we’re just a small club/mid-table side now’ is really grating. We are not and never will be a small club. We’re up in the top 5 with Barca, Real, United (though it pains me to say) and Juve. There are few bigger in the world of sport that Liverpool FC and for us to accept anything less is to do a great disservice to the great players and managers that have gone before the club over the years.

So the next time you hear somebody say this on a phone-in show, or on a mail page of F365, give them a short reply and remind them: LFC is not and never will be a small club, or a mid-table side. The next time we get a poor result against lame opposition, keep in mind that it is not an acceptable outcome and when somebody tries to downplay your expectations, remind yourself who it is that you’re supporting and why you love the club so much – this is Liverpool and we only accept the best.


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57 thoughts on “This ‘Mid-Table’ Mentality Needs To Be Relegated

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  • simon
    1 year ago

    QPR should really of won the title in 75/76. Consider that if we had of pipped you it could of been us with the fabulous history. I do like Liverpool but some of their fans should show a little humility.

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  • Dave
    1 year ago

    We finished 8th after a period of under performing and lack of confidence in front of goal . 2 great cup runs showed our class but didnt help league form .

    We WERE NOT far away from being excellent side last season . Up to xmas we were up there fighting for 4th . Also had the amazing hit the woodwork stat . That squad was good enough for top 4 but Rodgers has weakened it massively .

    If we fail , blame Rodgers -he bought rubbish which hasnt helped and failed so far to strengthen where was needed

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    • redrum
      1 year ago

      Rodgers must take responsibility for his pathetic summer transfer dealings

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    • simon
      1 year ago

      Yes . It is a bit sad blaming luck , but how many times did we hit wordwork last season ? Whatever it was – it was a record

      Kennys team and squad were one finisher away from being real contenders .

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    • Neil
      1 year ago

      Kenny’s squad was waaaaaay better . rodgers has messed up , 15m for allen LOL !

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      • Ozred
        1 year ago

        20m for downing lol. 16m for Henderson lol. Thiiiirty fiiiive million for Andy Carroll… Lol.

        These idiots who sit here and in one breath slag Rogers signings (2 of which are long term injured) and hail Kennys squad as premiership quality do more harm for the club than they realize.

        How can out club be taken seriously when we have people advocating the job Kenny did. He is the biggest elephant in the room sport has had for many years. A favorite son who blew it on a grand scale… But blame Rogers. Imbeciles!!!

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    • Freddie
      1 year ago

      Rodgers has done more harm than good
      Dalglish overspent on good players
      Rodgers threw our money away on rubbish players

      Allen Borini Sahin Assaidi – id be happy if i never saw any in a pool shirt again
      Hell … even Yesil looks like a dud . 0 goals for the u21s

      We would not be in this mid table mess if KD was still boss

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      • Ozred
        1 year ago

        Your right. Wed be below mid table. Somewhere along the way the king lost his mind.

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        • Robbo
          1 year ago

          The only fool is to lose his mind is u . Go learn about football b4 giving your idiotic comments

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    • Robbo
      1 year ago

      spot on dave

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  • Phil Sears
    1 year ago

    The ‘mid table mentality ‘ comes from the fans . The fans need to stand up and say mid table is not acceptable . The fans need to stand up and say players like Allen and Sturridge are not the sort of average player this club needs . The fans need to stand up and say Brendan Rodgers is not the sort of average manager this club needs . Rather than sitting back and accepting the rubbish FSG throw our way

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    • redrum
      1 year ago

      Our fans seem to swallow all the bull FSG spew out .Meanwhile each year the top gets further away

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  • Neil
    1 year ago

    You get mid table mentality from signing average mid table players and a average mid table manager

    If you want to succeed then you must sign quality and not the rubbish rodgers has signed

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  • Huyton Dave
    1 year ago

    People are stupid if they think its gonna take years to get back into top 4 . We have some great class players , and probably the best player in the whole league . Dalglish over spent but still left a formidable squad .

    A good manager and one or two top quality signings and we would be right back in top 4 next season . Simply got to get a good manager first

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  • Freddie
    1 year ago

    Idiots here are blaming Dalglish -Yes he overspent .. but id say a lot of that was Comollis fault . But he did build an excellent squad … Carroll , Downing Henderson are all quality ,but not worth the silly prices we paid . Dalglish also bought Suarez Enrique and Coates – all excellent

    They went yhrough a period of low confidence and bad form at end of last season ….. but yhere can be no denying – Rodgers inherited a EXCELLENT SQUAD .

    And whats he done with it ? Filled it up with average or in Allens case rubbish players . Rodgers has brought in NOT ONE quality player .

    It is Rodgers fault , he wasted 42 m ,he is to blame for the mid table mediocre squad

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    • Matt
      1 year ago

      Ur on drugs mate.

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  • Robbo
    1 year ago

    Comparing last years and this years squad – only a fool who doesn’t know much about footie could say this years squad is stronger

    Player for player – King Kennys squad was much better

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  • Danny
    1 year ago

    KD team 4 BR team 0 every time

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  • steveO
    1 year ago

    I Know Kenny overspent , but wasn’t that Comolli who was doing the deals . Apart from the over inflated prices Kenny DID sign quality . Whereas Rodgers has tossed our money away and is dumping Kennys signings he has cost us more , because their value drops

    Im just glad Rodgers isnt my bank manager , he has turned a good squad into average squad

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  • Matt
    1 year ago

    Wow some biased fans on here. I’m not here to defend Rodgers his signings have been poor so far and 15m on Allen was bad spending. To say Kenny left us with a good squad that finished 8th after spending 120m is being nothing but a biased idiot. Also to say he restored our pride and put us back in contention is on drugs, I’ve never heard so many opposing fans laughing at us last season after what happened. I’m not saying we are any better with Rodgers or our squad but if that was Rodgers managing last season you would not be saying this crap.

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    • doug
      1 year ago

      Dont know why u are always anti-Dalglish and pro-Rodgers . Dalglish did better last season than Rodgers is doing this . Dalglish won a cup , its v unlikely Rodgers will match that

      Dalglish has a history of being excellent successful manager – Rodgers doesnt and doesnt look likely to . Dalglish is a legend and hero on and off the pitch , Rodgers is nothing to LFC

      Dalglish would do anything for our cause . Many fans are slagging Dalglish this season ,but i havent met more than 1 or 2 actually from Liverpool -its all foreigners . Dalglish means everything to this club and city . Rodgers doesnt deserve to be mentioned in same breath as the man

      Its not just bias towards Dalglish . Many feel Comolli was to blame for over spending , and big players like Carroll didnt perform , he missed Lucas all season and team hit post 739 times . of course he made mistakes but we Liverpool fans dont like to see him put down unfairly especially at the expense of a no mark like Rodgers

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    • doug
      1 year ago

      plus , A lot more fans are laughing at us this season than they were last . My manc work mates havnt stopped telling me , that every time they look at the league table they break out laughing

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    • doug
      1 year ago

      Lastly Dalglish squad is better than Rodgers squad . Forget the money , man for man last season squad was stronger

      Carroll or Borini – easily Carroll
      Bellamy or Assaidi – No competition Bellamy easily
      Adam or Allen – Neither good but Adam easily wins again
      Maxi or Sahin – Maxi offered a lot more

      added to that we have lost – Spearing , Aurelio ,Aquilani and Kuyt

      Im not incl youth ,or Sturridge because he has just arrived . But how can anyone say Dalglish squad isnt way way way better than this seasons

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      • Matt
        1 year ago

        I never said the current squad is better than last season, I’m simply trying point out that the squad KD left was not excellent or top 4 material. I would never slag off KD, he’s a true Red and he only tried his best to help our cause and even now still does his best to help out the club. I will always remember what he contributed to the club by far the best player we’ve ever had.
        With what BR inherited it was always going to be hard to get back up there and especially with Maxi, Bellamy wanting to finish their careers at their respective clubs and Kyut wanting first team (which I would’ve given him).
        While u use hitting the post as an excuse and not taking chances for part of last season, then the same could be said this season with not taking chances again and not getting the rub of the green with officials.
        I can see what BR is trying to install and I think he needs more time to make it happen.

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