A match can now be viewed with less trepidation, more confidence that the gaping weakness in midfield does not compromise the echelonic defensive formation of the side. It is most unlikely that they will secure a top four slot come the season's end. Still, to end the season in a state of retrieved dignity is uplifting in itself. Nothing was won this time out but for all the downsides there will never be a repeat in my lifetime, maybe no one else's either, of that memorable 7-0 thrashing of Manchester United.
While last season's side were lauded for coming close to taking a quadruple, much of the praise was inflated, the assessment of the potential for greatness little more than hyperbole. The warning signs were there. Three cup finals and not a goal scored by Liverpool in any of them, two won on a penalty shootout. A drop off in form seemed inevitable. The side had run out of steam, did not have the strength in depth of Manchester City, and needed to catch a breath. But the panting was evident and heavy. The time out for that lost breath stretched to the point where the pause button seemed to operate on automatic pilot.
Those who don't shrewdly manage the arms race in the transfer market can all too easily discover that the EPL is as ruthless as natural selection. Leicester, champions a few seasons ago and FA Cup winners after that, now seem destined for the drop. For the King Power fans it must seem like defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, that failure is success turned inside out. Shrewd investment was a problem for Liverpool too but they had the guile to stay clear of the drain Leicester have been circling. It seemed inexplicable that the club failed to purchase an entire midfield, as if it felt the troops would be immune from the ravishing effects of cold without winter clothing. But here we are.
Much of these matters were discussed at a recent Liverpool Legends event in Dublin. My wife purchased tickets for myself and my son as birthday presents well in advance and secured us a front row seat. She topped the cake off with the cream of a Meet & Greet prior to the main course. Ronnie Whelan, Jan Molby and Steve McMahon made up the Legend triumvirate.
At 65 I am a bit old to have heroes in any theatre. Yet the experience was five star entertainment. The three of them, in particular Jan Molby, were very witty. They were profane, no airs and graces, winded each other up and regaled the large audience in Dublin's National Concert Hall with tales about their careers with Liverpool FC. Nor were they hesitant to have a go at players, past and present. Managers too were not spared the rod. This was no woke safe space outing where criticism was ruthlessly culled.
The nostalgia in it for me was cemented by the attendance of my son. In prison I was enthralled by what these guys were doing on the pitch, watching each of them, sometimes on the same side, over a ten year period from 1982 until my release a decade later. One of the real joys of prison life, even during the blanket protest, was following the fortunes of Liverpool FC. So to be accompanied by my son on a journey down Memory Lane was something of a moment captured in time by the images of the night. For me, there was an equivalence between that and the journey I took him on when he was two years of age, deep into the bowels of the H Blocks and into the cell I had been held in for much of the blanket protest, followed by he and I sharing a unique moment in the prison hospital ward where Bobby Sands had died on hunger strike.
Now the tune Memories Are Made Of This has taken up an unsolicited but welcome space rent free in my head. And I don't even have to wonder why.
Bloody hell I thought that was Storey in the top photo 😆ReplyDelete
Don't think Bob was a Liverpool supporter!Delete
Nothing was won this time out but for all the downsides there will never be a repeat in my lifetime, maybe no one else's either, of that memorable 7-0 thrashing of Manchester United.ReplyDelete
I hope in my lifetime I get to see Man Utd return the serve....
it's a big ask FrankieDelete
Steve Mc has changed a lot ! Had they bought 2 decent midfielders last summer , the Reds would of grabbed third , 1 signing in Jan , may of got fourth . Need to clear out the injury prone midfield during the coming weeks . How come Keita plays more international than club games ? 71 points will be a decent platform for next season , winning the Europa is another way to qualify for the CL . Four decent sides left in this yrs mix ; it's a competition well worth winning #Remember2001 #Alaves Foxes , Leeds , Saints for the dropReplyDelete
Thought your son was a Red Devil ?ReplyDelete
He was but switched this season when UTD were on the up and LFC on the way down!Delete
Yous were fucking lucky, flucky, 🤣 spawney, and what is more jolly unsporting.ReplyDelete
Ronnie Whelan is a Man Utd fan, believe it or not.ReplyDelete
During the event, he said he grew up as one. Even fulfilled his ambition to score for then at the Stretford End. Problem was when he did he was playing for LiverpoolDelete
O G S was a Liverpool fan . Norwegians have been able to watch a live saturday 3 pm game since the 1960's . In the R O I the first non Lge or F A cup final 3 pm saturday game shown was Arsenal V Man U , 1983 FA cup semi . I recall Niall Q's Gunners debut V Liverpool # 1984 ; He scored in a 2 - 0 win . Grob dropped the ball , it's on www.youtube.comDelete
Your son looks a lot like Felini , used to play for Everton . His perm made him 6 ' - 6 ".Delete
He played for Man Utd as well. I took my son to see him play in the Utd V Sampdoria game in the Aviva a few years backDelete
Anthony I know its a big ask but I've a very good friend in west Belfast , who like you is a LiVARpool head and he still sends me 'memes' about 7up......ReplyDelete
I'm a reasonable person....I'll settle for Utd doing the double over Pool next season.
bragging rights and all that . . .Delete
bragging rights and all that . . .ReplyDelete
Sometimes thats all we have....
Utd got more than Liverpool this year and still have a chance of the FA CupDelete
I know it was an OG at Old Trafford, I didn't know he played for us. Big mistake letting him go, similar to Matt Busbys mistake letting Johnny Giles go to Leeds. Probably Matts only error of judgement.ReplyDelete
I wish Whelan had stayed at OT and scored more for us in front of the Stretford End, instead of for Liverpool in front of the Kop.
H was playing for Liverpool at the time when he scored at the Stretford End. It was an OGDelete