Dear all (you spoilt brats),
Firstly, we would like to address the fact that we are all still reeling from the FA Cup fifth round exit suffered at the hands of Chelsea last night as much as you are.
To get eliminated in another domestic cup in the manner that we played – limp, uninspired and with a desperate lack of cutting edge – it hurts, and it was an extremely painful watch.
And we are all well aware of the fact that it came right after an equally appalling performance at Vicarage Road, which saw the mighty Reds stung thrice without reply by the Hornets.
It felt like the ultimate betrayal and humilation – a real kick in the teeth – how dare Jurgen Klopp’s men show up on the back of that humiliation with another dire performance as such? How dare he rest the likes of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea?
Wait, that’s not all.
We are also very aware that yesterday’s defeat meant that the score-line for our past 3 games in all competition reads a very grim 6-0; a stark contrast from the form we were showing before the winter break. The unbeaten run we wore as our badge of honour was snatched away by Troy Deeney and company; while the hope of emulating Arsenal invincible team was dashed once and for all. The golden opportunity for a historic treble went up in smoke as the final whistle pierced through the night skies of Stamford Bridge; and you can already foresee the memes and banter generated from the red side of Manchester.
It seems all doom and gloom if you are a Liverpool fan at the moment, and just one quick glance across social media confirms that. Three recent defeats in the midst of a string of unconvincing performances is now the end of the world: Klopp haven’t got a clue, Klopp is overrated!, will we bottle the gap we have in the Premier League?, Virgil van Dijk is clearly not a good captain, drop Andy Robertson!, sell Minamino!... the list goes on.
Hang on... What?
Let us first point out the very obvious. We are sitting on top of the Premier League – a competition that all Reds fans have been longing and dreaming for, for only about 30 years now. Judging by the disgruntlement, we suppose that’s not a big deal.
We have obviously seen the team come close and eventually failed in recent, crueler times – the thought of Steven Gerrard’s slip and Vincent Kompany’s wonder strike still remains etched painfully in our minds.
But right now – hold on, pinch yourselves – we are staring at a real possibility of achieving something we have been striving towards for three whole decades.
We know that the elusive trophy is not mathematically in the bag as you read this, but come on, we can replace Andriy Voronin with Roberto Firmino and we can probably still grind out the four more victories that are required. Roy Hodgson can turn up at Melwood in a Jürgen Klopp’s disguise, and we can still churn out the 12 points needed.
You get the drift.
(Just in case you don’t, we are about to see the team win a competition that will put an end to 30 years of hurt, humiliation and suffering.)
So why are these defeats at Watford and Chelsea taking away so much of the gloss and credit from the fact that come May, we will witness Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League trophy?
It’s a thought we can barely fathom just five years ago, when we finished a disappointing 8th in the league. Yes, eighth, you read that right – Klopp’s first campaign (or rather half the campaign) saw the Reds finish behind mighty West Ham United and Southampton.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
If that is still not helping, perhaps you can then try to make sense of the position the Reds are in at the moment: we are now sitting comfortably with a massive 22 points (yes, it might reduce to 19 if City wins the game in hand) above Manchester City and have won 26 games out of a potential 28, which also means that we have defeated every single team in the league.
Sounds pretty impressive if you ask us.
Heck, we can even afford to lose all but the remaining four required and we will still be the first to shed a tear, as Klopp and his men emerge in the victory parade at Liverpool with the shiny Premier League trophy to show for – with even the possibility of old Big Ears beside it, which brings us to the next point.
Isn’t it strange how the one goal deficit to Atletico Madrid last week seem to have attracted way more criticism and negativity than the 3-0 drubbing we suffered at Camp Nou last season? Have we actually been a victim of our own success here?
Yes, the team have been really poor in recent weeks and it is a genuine cause for concern. We are sure Klopp and his team will be scratching their heads to figure out what exactly went wrong.
But we all know full well the magic of Anfield on European nights, so why not get rid of all the scepticism and doubt and just have a little more belief? A convincing performance that night can revitalise the season once again, and restore some of the gloss that has been unfairly taken away so far.
And even if that does not work out, how about we start putting things into a little perspective? The club have been heading in the right direction since Klopp’s arrival and the progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Two significant defeats should do absolutely nothing to take that away.
Liverpool are now European and world champions, with the King of England crown just a matter of time. We have now a recruitment team more than capable of shrewd signings, a slew of exciting youngsters in the academy and a team of truly world class players.
Maybe we should jog back a little down memory lane, and recall the likes of Jay Spearing and Paul Konchesky being permanent fixtures in the starting eleven?
Perhaps it is time we get off our high horses and slow down a little, take a step back and realise the magnitude of success that we have actually been enjoying in recent years.
Perhaps it is time we whine a little lesser and start to show some appreciation for the players who have painstakingly given their all to allow us to feel like we had the world at our feet for most parts of the season.
And most importantly perhaps it is time we get behind the team proper, and enjoy the rest of the season – while looking forward to Henderson lifting yet another major trophy.
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