Latest generation of Liverpool fans play the waiting game

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It's fair to say that this generation of Liverpool fans has not be spoilt in terms of success.  

Okay, so the Reds may have won a few FA Cups, League Cups and the odd UEFA Cup and European Cup thrown in - but it's a far cry from the 1970s and 1980s. 

And there is one thing they still desire - the big one; the league title.

For those born around the time Graeme Souness was in charge in 1991, the decline was in full process, as Liverpool were transformed from title contenders to also-rans.  

Despite an eventual FA Cup success at the end of that season, they'd finished sixth. Not quite the Liverpool way of old. 

The following summer was to see the dawn of a new era in English football with the birth of the Premier League and Sky Sports, together they would change the face of football forever, 'A whole new ball game' they called it.

With this, Super Sundays and Monday Night Football were invented, 4 pm and 8 pm kick offs were to become the norm and 3 pm kick offs on a Saturday were to become a thing of the past for many - but this was something that youngsters thought was the norm in their naive youth.

Now in amongst all of this upheaval, Liverpool were left behind it seems largely due to poor management  and also the way the club failed to move with the times even if they wished to retain every possible essence of past traditions. 

People looked on in envy at Man. United who looked to have got it right with the redevelopment of Old Trafford and the addition of one or two world class players. This is something that a generation of Liverpool fans have become used to. 

But it used to be so different when Liverpool dominated home and abroad, with numerous great sides strolling to league after league with the odd European cup and FA Cup thrown in for good measure 

At the turn of the millennium the Reds gave many fans their first real taste of success with the glorious campaign of 2000/01 under the management of Gerard Houllier. 

All of a sudden trophies were being won again in dramatic finals - the League Cup penalty shoot-out with Birmingham, beating Arsenal in a FA Cup Final in the dying moments and days later, winning the UEFA Cup beating Alaves 5-4 in a enthralling final.

But the influence of Houllier soon began to wane, and it appeared that the famous club was heading back towards mediocrity.

Then in summer 2004 a new manager by the name of Rafa Benitez came in and his debut season was to take everyone by surprise.

Throughout the subsequent Champions League journey, they faced the impossible on many occasions, the first against Olympiakos on a freezing December night coming back from a goal down to winning 3-1 which secured a place in the last 16.

After Bayer Leverkusen were dispatched with relative ease, Juventus stood in the way of a potential semi-final showdown with Chelsea. 

Once again the odds were defied as the Italian giants were defeated 2-1 on aggregate to set up the all English affair. And after 180 minutes of more heroic defending and grabbing an early goal in the second leg, Liverpool were back where they belonged in a European Cup Final against all the odds. 

This was Inter Milan and St Etienne all rolled into one for this generation and now Istanbul was the destination for a shot at immortality...

So onto the 25th May and thousands of Reds fans were in Istanbul eagerly anticipating seeing their beloved team in club football’s biggest game.  

But after a half in which Milan went into a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead, many were left in tears, openly crying at the thought of travelling all the way to Turkey for nothing.

Then within six second half minutes, all those tears had been wiped away and were replaced with a new found confidence that only football can give you. And once Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty was saved by Jerzy Dudek, ultimate euphoria ensued all around and Liverpool were champions of Europe once again.

Twelve months later and another sea-saw of a cup final was taking place, this time against West Ham. Yet again Benitez's men pulled it back (largely thanks to Steven Gerrard’s super-heroic antics) to win another FA Cup.

The same could not be said for the following year. Despite reaching another European Cup Final, AC Milan got their revenge by winning 2-1 in Athens.

But, the league success is what this generation so craves. They are still waiting for a first league title since 1990, while cup successes - as thrilling as they were -  have been few and far between in some eyes, especially those that have seen so much glory over the years.

But one day, surely, Liverpool will eventually bring their 19th league title through the Shankly Gates, and provide this generation with something to shout loud and proudly about and say that they have seen the ultimate glory, just like so many before them.

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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