Hodgson to lead heroic LFC fightback?

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It is easy to support a team when they are winning.

The time that the determination to show that you absolutely care is when support it is really needed.

It's impossible to do anything about the people who bought into our football team, but we can clearly illustrate to our team and everbody else what wearing your teams heart on your sleeve really means.

Liverpool Football Club has been recognised by the most important person at the club, new manager Mr Hodgson, as the best job in the country. As he said, 'I'm representing Britain's most successful football team ever'.

As much as rival supporters would try to have us believe that we are no longer the force we were, on the slide and never again to recapture past glory, we, the supporters of this still great club, absolutely believe and will never be convinced otherwise.

There is no other group of supporters that comes close to competing with our history, tradition, passion, knowledge, football sportsmanllike appreciation, unbowed support and overwhelming enthuisiasm.

Perhaps the above is the reason why there appears to be so much 'poorly represented story writing' when it comes to reporting what are laughingly described as sports reports in the media.

How strange it seems that instead of 'rival supporters' wanting to talk about their team/football in general, they appear to be much more interested in focusing on what they see as our club's demise.

I guess we must try to understand that it must be difficult to prevent the green eyed monster when the cards are so well stacked in our favour. 

Understanding that it's sometimes difficult to move forward without first looking back, evaluating why/what went wrong there are some facts to consider.

A few years ago we appointed a successful, tactically astute, hard working manager with great European experience. His name, Rafa Benitez.

A manager who inherited, without argument, an extremely average group of players - whatever happened to Traiore, Dudek, Baros, Smicer, Kewell, Risse, Garcia and Biscan after their time at Liverpool FC?

His organisational and man management expertise got every ounce of what was available. He moulded a mishmash of lesser quality footballers into a team, enabling us to win the most compelling and exciting, greatest final of any type that anybody would care to mention.

Hands up those amongst us wouldn't have prefered to have £250M spent on players in the past few seasons with a probable £100M since last season ended too - instead of a paltry £16M a season investment/spend over the same period.

After the season of 2008/9 Rafa was expecting to be given funds to build on what everybody knew was a squad short of three or four players.

If he had been given the money saved by allowing Robbie Keane to leave, the transfer fee for Crouch and a further £20M - understood to be the amount the Pool would receive for qualifying (yet again) for the Champions league, I remain convinced Liverpool, and not Chelsea, would have won the Premier League title last season.

Even the manner in which the owners told Rafa he was surplus to requirements left a bitter taste in the mouth!

Having highlighted what Rafa took over, what about what Roy has inherited?

One of the best goalkeepers in World football, a right back in Johnson who chose Liverpool over Chelsea and three solid defenders in Skrtel, Agger and Kyriakos - our best player last season!

The jury is out over the investment of money from the Xabi Alonso sale, a player who wanted to leave for Real Madrid. Much is expected from Aquliani, plus the acquisitions of Maxi Rodregez and Milan Jovanovic for free. Plus, negotiations with Fernando Torres seem to suggest to his stay at Anfield.

And after the mentions of all the players above, we still have captain fantastic Steven Gerrard. Last season was a blip for the inspirational leader, but we keep the faith.

In terms of players leaving the club - it is really simple. If your not committed, you know where the door is.

Has Rafa left a good legacy? Emphatically the answer has to be YES!

We definitely need more speed both in fleet footedness and intelligent thinking, and on that note we will all be interested to learn about our new managers intentions regarding Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt.

Neither are brimful of top quality skill and/or technical ability, but both players would spill blood for our cause. It would be just a question of whether they could be replaced with better players for what would appear, for now, at least, the same money.

The ongoing saga of teams supposedly trying/wanting to buy our top players won't stop until these self same players do as Dirk Kuyt did - reaffirm your desire to play for our great club.

I sense a new beginning for the Reds. The honesty and integrity of our man at the helm is already breathing fresh optimism into the club.

We have many reasons to be positive (neither Chelsea, Arsenal or the 'other' team in manchester played magnificent football last year or give reasons through transfer buys to have improved their squads since.

After last season, in the words of the song...things...can only get better.

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