The neutrals would love Liverpool to win

JOHANNESBURG - For the neutrals, it will be great if Liverpool were to go on and win the English Premiership title after an excruciating 24-year wait.

The last time the Merseyside won the English title was way back in 1990. Soon after, club legend Kenny Dalglish just decided to walk away from the club. It was a decision that shocked all and sundry but that triggered the downward trend that has seen the club’s multitude of supporters become a laughing stock of rivals clubs.

For 24 years, millions of Liverpool supporters scattered across the globe have been yearning for the return of the good old days.

This is the club that was loved by many. It is a club with rich history and that used to play adventurous type of football and hero worshiped across the globe. Until last year, when Manchester United won their 20th title, Liverpool was the most successful English club and had managed to do what United failed to do during their domination – go on and dominate in Europe.

With five European Champions League conquests, they are only behind Read Madrid who have nine titles and AC Milan with seven.

If all goes well and the club wins its remaining three games, it will definitely please the neutrals. They are a refreshing side full of running and hungry for success. They are once again playing the type of soccer that is invigorating.

With three games to go, they are odd favourites to go on and win this one. The Reds have not lost a league match since their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 29 December 2013 and have won 14 games out the 16 in 2014.

And to do so in the toughest league in the world is amazing. The English league has the toughest intensity and level of competition than any other; Spain and Germany leagues included.

What is most uplifting about this Liverpool side is that they went into this season with the objective of only qualifying for the Champions League but little did the Reds know that, under Brendan Rodgers, they would have a chance to finish out the season as the best team in England.

That said, the club still needs to beef up the squad which looks thin on paper. Rogers needs to go into the market and bring in a host of big name players for next season.

They need another striker of Luis Suarez’s calibre, a dynamic midfielder to complement the ageing Steven Gerrard and possibly overhaul the entire backline.

When a team plays in Europe, the schedule is so demanding every team will have to play two games in a week. Fatigue and injuries normally take their toll and if you have a small squad, everything you worked for long can crumble like a deck of cards.

The American owners are millionaires in their own right and would like to build an empire they can be proud of. They have a solid foundation on which to work on.

All Liverpool supporters who had gone into 24-year hibernation are slowly awakening from the deep slumber and claiming their rightful place.

That is what success does. It is human nature to want to be associated with winning brands.

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Comments (2)

This is a good article and there is this feeling that the giant has finally woken up.

Thomas - 26 April 2014

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