If the re-appointment of Kenny Dalglish as manager was not enough, Monday night’s events at Anfield were a sight to behold.
The past month really has had a ‘see it to believe it’ feel for Liverpool fans and the last seven days have proved this theory. Just when you thought the transfer window would pass the reds by, Chelsea make an offer for Fernando Torres and chaos ensues.
From transfer requests to ridiculous amounts of money being spent, Liverpool lost a world class striker, yet gained two strikers with great potential at the same time. Only time will tell whether this theory is proved from a red perspective, but the fact Dalglish has been able to sign Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll is testament to John W Henry and his ability to back the manager in the transfer market.
As a result, Wednesday night’s game against Stoke City provoked an atmosphere that has been rare at Anfield during the past few months. Optimism instead of pessimism reverberated around the stands and it was evident the team thrived on such support.
Although it took a while for the reds to get into their stride, the introduction of Suarez provided the loudest cheer of the night and when he was put through on goal just 16 minutes later the outcome was inevitable. While it may go down as an own goal, there was no argument in the eyes of reds fans that Suarez had broke his duck and thus new hope has been ignited on the Kop.
But without getting too carried away, this side is still average and it will take more than just a couple of strikers before they are capable of competing at the top of the league once again.
Nevertheless the short-term looks hopeful, and with Liverpool’s league position improving, there is a slight chance that they may finish in the top six come May.
However, one person determined to stop Liverpool’s feel good factor this weekend is none other than Fernando Torres.
Chelsea’s record signing will surely play a part on Sunday in a game that is must-win if they are to hang on to the coat-tails of league leaders Manchester United. Anything other than a win and it may be conceivable to think that the reigning champions may be out of the title race.
As much as Liverpool fans can’t bear the thought of giving United a helping hand, a win would go some way to increasing confidence around Anfield and hopefully prove that Torres’ loss has not impacted on morale.
While fans are lamenting the loss of a striker that gave us so many great memories in recent seasons, they can only look forward to the future and remember that no player is bigger than the club itself, especially a club the size of Liverpool FC.
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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