I’VE read plenty of comments on this site in the past about how Rodgers must go, FSG must go, Liverpool FC are struggling, etc. True, Liverpool haven’t had the best of season’s but it’s time to start being cautiously optimistic.
After a slow start to the season it appears that Liverpool have started to turn things around at last.
It’s true, Liverpool aren’t at the heights that we as fans would like to see them at but our expectations for this season had to remain realistic. Of course Liverpool’s history and size warrants a top four finish or better every year, but expecting greatness from the lads this season may have been too harsh.
Not many clubs would be able to finish top four in such a competitive league with a brand new manager. Even Alex Ferguson wasn’t immediately successful. The Scot’s side finished 11th in his first year, second in his second, and then 11th again. Now I’m not saying Rodgers can become the next SAF, what I’m saying is that expectations should be tempered.
There’s still plenty of football to be played but Liverpool currently sit sixth in the league with the schedule generally easier on the way in. They only play a team currently above them in the table once more this season, leaving eight matches against teams currently below them. And that team above them is Chelsea, whose inconsistency should be a positive sign among Liverpool fans. In other words, there is plenty to be optimistic about.
The run in to the end of the season is certainly going to be tense but it should inspire confidence going forward. This season hasn’t been as great as I would’ve hoped; indeed what fan of Liverpool wouldn’t want their team to be higher. But the way things are looking it appears that Liverpool are a side in the ascendancy.
Their heroic second leg against Zenit St. Petersburg seems to have been a spark for this team. Today Liverpool just beat a Spurs side that looked to be headed for a top four finish. True it may not have been the most convincing win but LFC battled back after falling behind and won the match. The good teams have to be able to win ugly.
I understand Rodgers and FSG have made some mistakes with players and the like in the past but it appears that things are headed in the right direction. However, I fully expect a successful transfer window this summer on the heels of an impressive run in to end this season.
Liverpool fans have every right to be critical of their squad but they also have every right to be optimistic as well.