Liverpool post 1989 - it must be mentioned, has been a team of glorious inconsistency. The players that have walked through the Melwood revolving doors in the past twenty years have been amongst the best players the Premier League has ever witnessed. Yet, there has been no league title to show for it.
Take a player like Mamadou Sakho… He is fit, and Dejan Lovren starts ahead of him for the more glamorous games?
In Sakho's words from last night, as per ESPN: ‘’I am working, and I am a Liverpool soldier. And, when you call on me, I always rise to the challenge.’’
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Any fan of any club from any corner of the world will feel warmth in his heart from these words. Not to mention his ability to change a game defensively.
Sakho drives our attack from our goal line, and it is so incredulous to see that he is not the first or maybe second name on Rodger’s team sheet. Any team on this football world will have Martin Skrtel and Sakho as their defensive line.
Brendan Rodgers is the epitomy of the club he manages. Good when he is good, but disastrous when he is bad. It is this inconsistency that caused Liverpool to become a mediocre team challenging, unsuccessfully, for the Europa League.
The news from this morning is that the English number in the Champion’s League may be reduced to only three teams! Bad news for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but excellent news for both Manchester clubs and Arsenal.
In a tiny way, Arsenal are very similar to Liverpool, and if you were to be a fly on the walls of both changing rooms, you would see that each sees each other as a realistic team to compete against in the fight for third place. A fight that will now mean even more, regardless if the above comes into fruition.
In this changing and ever challenging globalised era, Liverpool cannot afford to look at history and their glories from the past. They need to stand firm and start all over again as if they have never won anything.
It is time for even harsher words. It is time for even more money being spent; but more importantly, it is a time to start waking up to the reality that complacency is no longer a word in Liverpool’s vocabulary. Perhaps Jurgen Klopp, with his hard German-dictator style will quell any Merseyside arrogance.