Stick or Twist?

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Stick or Twist- That is the question?

The season is a tale of 2 halfs and differing viewpoints made by supporters. Some ‘buy into’ the direction which Brendan tells us we are heading in, others simply dont, and believe that in a results industry, our league position and poor cup preformances are simply not good enough for Liverpool Football Club. Throw in Rafael Benitez ‘making noises’ about an LFC return at ‘some point’ and it definitely opens up a healthy debate- Stick or Twist?

Im torn, and I dont mind admitting that. I question Brendan Rodger’s competence to be at one of the biggest football clubs in the world having achieved what equates to nothing of any note within the game. One could also question the recruitment policy which to be fair minus the excelent Phillipe Coutinho and the ‘hot and cold’ Daniel Sturridge hasnt really been a success compared to the 48 milion spent. I also worry about our defence and how Martin Skrtel has gone from being ‘Player of the year’ to sitting on the bench and looking truly awful when called upon.

However, it is fair to say that Stewart Downing has improved, as has Jordan Henderson. Luis Suarez’s stats speak for themselves- although he has played 9 games more this season and some of our play at times is superb to watch.

I still am filled with real doubt though. I worry that there doesnt appear to be a ‘Plan B’ which is without doubt needed in the English Premier League- and this doesnt simply have to be lumping the ball up to a big target man. I worry that we cannot rely on Steven Gerrard forever. I worry that Luis Suarez will leave in the summer, with possibly Reina and Agger too. And if Im being totally honest, I worry at the level of commitment from FSG. John Henry’s non attendance at a single game at Anfield all season simply reinforces my concerns.

I only want the very best for Liverpool Football Club. I dont like us being 7th 30 points behind our bitter rivals, and I dont like to feel that through some very clever PR exercises, our expectations are being ‘systematically lowered’.

We should never ever forget that we are Liverpool Football Club and that anything other than winning is not, and never has been good enough.

I really do hope that my anxieties and concerns are proved to be wrong and that I, like many fans am simply looking into things too much. I hope that FSG are the real deal, and I hope that Brendan Rodgers backs up his slick verbal skills with actual measurable results.  Because if Brendan Rodgers succeeds, Liverpool Football Club succeed, and for me, thats all that matters.

It would be really interesting to hear other supporters views……YNWA.

 

Mark

Matchgoing Liverpool mad Kopite- Its as simple as that. Loves debating about LFC, Loves watching LFC win! Loves even more watching LFC win with my son.!!!!! Anfield is where its at........

11 thoughts on “Stick or Twist?

  • April 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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    I totally agree with your concerns. I too am really concerned where my beloved club is heading. It all seems very ‘midtable’ to me, with rookies ‘running’ the club from top to bottom. Sort it out FSG!

  • April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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    Stick or twist what? thatchers corpse in the ground like most people or twist it
    round a big pole and parade it round the country so we can all batter it with bricks?

  • April 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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    I think we are definitely headed in the right direction and that Brendan is the type of manager Liverpool should be going after. The great Liverpool sides of the past didn’t have a plan b, commitment to our methods brought great success. The mere existence of a plan b dilutes plan a. I appreciate your fears and you make a good case but I am of another opinion. Regarding J Henry’s non presence at Anfield-can you blame him? He has poured his millions into this club and gets constant vitriol from the fans. It’s funny-everyone hates the guy but want him to come to games…wtf?

  • April 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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    Everytime Rodgers or one of the players talks about Europe or 4th place, we fold faster than a bad poker hand. Teams who have ambition to be in the Champions League do not lose home and away to West Brom, fail to beat Stoke at all and are generally as inconsistent as we are. Our recent results show we can match the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and City for one-off performances but we cannot do it on a consistent basis to really challenge even for the top 4. There are signs of improvement but for the 22nd year in succession, we are going into the Summer declaring it to be ‘our most important transfer window ever’. Our most successful Premier League season came when, if you take Robbie Keane out the equation as he was sold on so quickly, we retained the core of players we wanted. Unfortunately, again this season, we are going to have to replace key players down the spine of our team, and that is even if we manage to keep Suarez (which I, gut-wrenchingly, think we will not do). We will again be in transition next season and in the next 2-3 years, we will lose Gerrard to retirement. Rodgers needs to look at his transfer targets very carefully and make sure that any players who do come in, are for the long-term, there is no point buying anyone above 28 because by the time some of our younger players develop, they will be the wrong side of 30 and need replacing again. I have been to so many away games in particular this season when we have lost/drawn but walked away from the game frustrated at not winning. Spurs, Everton, Arsenal, United, City, Swansea, Sunderland away, City, United, Newcastle at home. But there are too many games, Stoke away, West Brom home and away and Southampton away when we were so poor we didn’t deserve anything. How many fans would forsake the next 1-2 seasons to know that when our young players really start to come through, we will have everything in place to develop a world class side? One thing we will have to do this summer is bring in the replacement for Gerrard. The player, whoever he is, will need at least 12 months to know Liverpool which means FSG potentially spending big money to bring that individual in and proving their commitment. As for John Henry, think he has just had a new-born, so can kind of understand why he has not been over! Whatever happens, our expectations will not be lowered.

  • April 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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    Crazyhorse- People just want to see commitment from FSG. I think going from being present at Anfield singing YNWA to ‘missing in action’ is further rousing suspicion, and rumourmongering. The Stadium news has also gone very quiet, with persons assuming we are yet again being geared up to be sold. I’d like owners who sleep and breathe LFC as their only concern. The franchise thing just doesnt do it for me am afraid. A sign of real commitment from FSG knocks all the ‘theories’ on the head. I reckon we’ll be sold again soon- hopefully to owners who have the real funds required to run a club as huge as we are.

  • April 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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    Sell to real owners and bring Rafa back to his rightful place- then watch us rule once more. Got no chance with FSG and Rodgers.

  • April 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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    To me, the worry started back in time, when Rafa had Torres, and Robbie Keane on the sub bench, after Keane scored against Arsenal, and Crouch and Sissoko was sold – I was at Anfield that year of 2008 – 09, when we beat Marseille 1 – 0, and draw against West Ham, and we talked about playing Sami Hyypia, and Yossi Benayoun, with Torres, and Kuyt upfront, would have handled us the title, and it all went downhill, when Alonso was sold, and noone really noticed, that Torres said, it will be the fall of Liverpool FCs title challenges in years to come, and before Roys time, we all knew it would go terrible wrong, and the sacking of Kenny was a disaster, not by the league position, but he turned back the happiness of being at our club, and won us the first title in 7 years – an outside look, before this season, was that the selling, and outloan of Aquilani, Kuyt and Carroll, also Pacheco, to get Allen, Sahin, Assaidi, and Borini in, was really bad eying of management, and defently have cost us an European place, and a cup title, so I just hope the best from FSG, but have never believed in BR, and my biggest asset right now, is that we win the title, before Steven Gerrard retire, by selling some dead wood, who I cant see winning the title, or play in a CL final…

  • April 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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    Some interesting comments and not the ‘blind support’ that I thought there may be. Please keep the comments coming cos I find it fascinating to see what differing views supporters have.

  • April 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm
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    Crazyhorse you are a bell-end rodgers is a blagger ! open your eyes mate he
    will make us a mid table team in two years,so if that is the direction your happy with …i think your a manure fan under a blag name because i know somebody
    who goes under the name crazyhorse and it aint you fella!! imposter!!!

  • April 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm
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    Crazyhorse- thing is, I’m starting to question plan A! Behind all the spin, we’ve not progressed one bit this season, and fans are getting fed up with the constant spin from BR. The league table and our empty trophy cabinet say it all to me. Us reds aren’t stupid, and we will not suffer fools.

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