Liverpool: How The Mighty Have Fallen Off Their Perch

By on January 12, 2011

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After Manchester United’s well-deserved win in the FA Cup, there has been a lot of verbal vomit being spewed out by the Liverpool supporters, which shows just how bitter they have become.

There was no question that Liverpool was the model club back in the 1970s and 80s, which is why Sir Alex Ferguson set out to knock them off that perch, and based on Sunday’s victory they are on the bottom of the cage. Those blinded-by-faith supporters have not stop short of blaming everyone – especially Howard Webb and Dimitar Berbatov – for how they were apparently gipped out of advancing to the Fourth Round of the knockout stage, but did they really warrant anything from their actions on the field?

The straightforward answer to that simple question would be an overwhelming no. The Merseyside supporters need to come grips with reality, and realize that their club is not good enough anymore, and they need to start rebuilding – which is exactly what United did 24 years ago.

United has always been linked with a Phoenix since the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, which is much more classier and resilient symbol than the Liver Bird that is embedded into the Liverpool crest. Let’s face it, before Sir Alex took over the United fans breathed in the ashes, and suffered for years on end watching Liverpool, and other clubs, win league trophy after league trophy.

However, in 1986, after years of searching, that mentality changed when the Board of Directors at Old Trafford finally found a manager that best suited them and really embodied the club’s long-running objectives, which allowed them rise up from those ashes. Hindsight, it was really a match made in Sir Matt Busby’s heaven, because Ferguson was given the time to be able to grow United back into a club, that was not hindered by the former manager’s shadow.

The mold of Manchester United has always been there, but it required someone with patience and perseverance to overcome the adversity that casted itself over the club since Busby’s retirement. Ferguson has said it time and time again – most recently with in regard to the Wayne Rooney saga – and that is the most important person in a football club is the manager.

Seems pretty elementary, but why is the manager, and not a Director of Football, Chairman or Scouting Director the most integral position at a football club? Simple – he is the glue that keeps the club together through good and challenging times. Sir Alex has definitely done that by overcoming player bust-ups, change in ownership and keep his existing players level headed.

However, a manager is, and will always be, the scapegoat for lack of form at the club he is at, and that has been disparagingly evident in the last couple of seasons with some very brash firings of very capable managers. Unless a manager, like Sir Alex, has complete control of everything, or being able to put in his own trusted advisors, then he will never be successful – and neither will the club.

Liverpool’s previous owners hired the reigning Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year, Roy Hodgson, but he was never given the chance to become successful, though. Hodgson was never given the full backing of the supporters or of either ownership group, and he was seen as replaceable, which in layman’s terms means not respected.

The lack of money to bring in his own players to build a foundation was clearly obvious, so he was forced to go for bit-part players who never warranted wearing the shirt of any top club, which Liverpool is slowly losing that tag. A foundation is key at every club, and in life for that matter, because if you do not have that in place then you will never be able to build a capable club that has a sustainable future.

Rafael Benitez, who is not well liked by any United supporter for his outspoken dig at Ferguson in his “Rafa Rant” two years ago this month, but he really set the club back by wasting massive amounts of money on not bringing in the right players, or selling the backbone of the team. When Sir Alex does retire, it is imperative that the board of directors at United to do their job expertly by finding a long-term replacement – and not one that will be at the club for five or six years.

Especially with the cost of players today, it would be crippling to a club to go through and have to bring another core group of players, which Liverpool is faced with now following their change in managers.

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Even one of their former heroes said that Liverpool has no one to blame, but themselves because of how they have completely changed the infrastructure of their club. Michael Owen, who did the complete no-no by signing with United after playing with the Anfield club, also stated that Liverpool is a two-man team – Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

To be successful in any league, especially the Premier League, a club needs to have more than two influential players on their roster. There is no question that any supporter would be up in arms if their club had a 50/50 decision went against their team – which United was forced to deal with against Birmingham City.

That is just it, though, Liverpool really had only one decision that went against them on Sunday, but their loyal fans are crying injustice. If those supporters were really and truly honest with themselves, then they would have pointed the finger of shame at one of their own instead of how they were victimized by the referee.

Steven Gerrard, who is a self-confessed Liverpool supporter, showed complete selfishness and reckless abandonment as he threw himself full force into a challenge that could have ended Michael Carrick’s season. In actuality, it was Gerrard who forced the referee into making the decision to send him off – not anybody else – even though their fans will certainly whine to whomever will listen that they were subjected to anti-Scouser hate crime.

Until Liverpool is able to honestly sort themselves out – both on and off the field – they do not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Manchester United.

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23 Comments

  1. Tony

    January 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Totally unnecessary article by an unnecessary little man.Your lame assessment was full of holes and bias bile.Wankers like you are giving our club a bad name.I am a United fan too you dumb tosser.

  2. james

    January 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    man united are a bunch of faggots

  3. dave

    January 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Facts:

    1. Liverpool have fallen off their perch in a big way.
    2. Liverpool are no longer on the same level as United, in fact Liverpool are probably about 5 levels below United.
    3. However, United are not a great side and have no chance of winning the Champions League.
    4. Berbatov is a dirty, diving, cheat.
    5. Nani, is a dirty, diving, cheat.
    6. Howard Webb is a manc.
    7. Rio Ferdinand is an ugly, moaning, cheat. He certainly made sure Gerrrard saw red, and Webb was only too happy to listen to his United hero.
    8. Giggs, who I have always respected and even admired, was also proven to just be another dirty, United cheat. He was in the refs face after Gerrards tackle, demanding a red then said afterwards he didnt see the tackle! Giggs, you cheat.

  4. spike

    January 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    well deserved? You are clearly a retard, no doubt a Man Utd red born and bread in Bournmouth.

    10 vs 12 away from home – you can be very proud of the fact it took a blatant dive to win the game. Well done

  5. Damo

    January 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

    ‘Verbal vomit’? ‘more classier’? You can’t even talk properly! That would be ‘classier’ or ‘more classy’. Only one decision against us eh? I suppose Rafael’s 2 footed challenge on Meireles about 30 secs before was just classier, was it? I already said we didn’t expect much from the game, you are just repeating yourself, I’d imagine because you got more hits from real fans who take umbrage with your drivel, rather than your own fans, most of whom said yesterday you were talking crap, still, it’s nice to see you so worried. By the way, you haven’t passed us yet, that’s 18 championships and 5 – count them – euopean cups! Muppet!

  6. YNWA

    January 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Yawn!

  7. Mike

    January 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I read alot of tosh from United fans which seems to be published on Newsnow in the Liverpool feed. But I will say as a Liverpool fan who is blinded by his love and support that your article is one of the better reads (apart from Michael Owen bit).

    In all honesty no liverpool fan who travelled to Old trafford really believed we were going to beat you. We went there to get behind our team and support them. Man u never really got out of third gear but yet without our best player and conceding to what even you must say was a dodgy pen (not that we wouldn’t have accepted the decision had it been at the other end) the team showed a much needed improvement and desire. Which we were proud of!! We realise we are no longer the force we once were but that will never stop us being proud of our club which still stands as one of the most successful in the game. I think you write this without knowing any real Liverpool fans. We are realists but when it comes to playing against your biggest rivals we are not just going to turn up at Old trafford and admit defeat…come on, this is football and you support through thick and thin. Lets see how your supporters react when Fergie does leave his perch and your club goes through more difficult times than most of your fans have ever imagined.

    Will be interested to see if your still getting 70’000 quiet fans then!!

    We’ll be back on our perch soon my friend I promise!!!

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  9. S Thomson

    January 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I think the term “Intelletually challenged” may be applicable to the writter of this blatant critique!
    For goodness sake. It is clear that technology by dint of being able to “twitter” has opened up the gates to every soppy idealist ranting!

  10. bl007

    January 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    So why worry if Liverpool is no longer a threat?
    Quite a lengthy web article written about a club which United should not be worried about.
    What’s that all about?

  11. spike

    January 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    “Steven Gerrard, who is a self-confessed Liverpool supporter, showed complete selfishness and reckless abandonment as he threw himself full force into a challenge that could have ended Michael Carrick’s season”

    Execpt it didnt did it, infact Carrick pretended to be hurt, whilst his team mates bullied the ref in to getting Gerrard sent off, as soon as the the card was shown Carrick was running around, playing shit, as if nothing had ever happened.

    And love the way you forgot to mention Fabio’s 2 footed off the ground tackle about 3 seconds before, which inspired Gerrard to go in full blooded. Oboviously Howard Webb didnt see that one did he.

  12. Oliver

    January 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    To James & Dave,
    The truth always hurts – Fact LIVERPOO are crap !!!

  13. RedMist

    January 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Boring antagonistic report!

    Report stinks of fear!

    Liverpool have a man finally in charge who ticks all the boxes and who Fergie has never got the better of in relation to his mind games!

    Write aboutyour own team and stop writing about us!!!

    Forever in our shadow!!!

  14. Scoucer Tommie

    January 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    We scouce reds will return to are rightful place! Man Utd have cheated and dived there way to trophys. Stevie G is too honest to cheat maybe thats why we fell of are perch! You will never see Stevie diving or persuading refs to send people off!

    YNWA

  15. Marc

    January 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Dude,

    Obviously, you do not have any clue at all on what is Liverpool is all about. Sh@t will know the perfume of a rose. So please keep to your manure and forget about Liverpool.

    This article only serves to highlight your utmost ignorance and nothing else.

  16. torres

    January 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    are you blind

  17. Verbal Vomiter

    January 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    If you do not have the ability to contain your bias then you will never be taken seriously.
    You are the only person outside of old toilet to call it a 50/50 decision. Even Allardyce (AKA fergiechin) called it as a dive.
    The be all and end all is that we went a man down with our Captain/Best Player sent off for what arguably could have been a yellow in a different match and you still couldn’t get another goal. You won the match by a dive.
    So to that end the daring utterance of both teams names in succession is more than justified.

  18. fakes

    January 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    It Is not only there lack of vision, but fence sitters like the united religion taking a dig at a team that is obviously down. Where i stay you find a guy in a United top and i can promise you he wont even really know the basics about his Useless football club. They all show boaters that use the club as bragging rights.
    So reading this article doesn’t really affect me knwing that a loss a draw or win wont waver my faith in my club and my fellow supporters. For the simple fact that when ever a version of YNWA is played my mind heart and soul reference only the passion i have for the game of football and the team i feel best represents my believes. So i can understand why people that support that team are clueless about football, it never was about football and a dive will look like a penalty, a tackle will look like a red card. SO I STRONGLY RECOMMEND UNITED RELIGION YOU SHAVE OFF YOUR MOTHER’S CHEST HAIR, REMOVE THE YOUR DAD’S STICK FROM YOUR BACKSIDE AND MAYBE PLAY A GAME OF FOOTBALL AND UNDERSTAND THE BASICS BEFORE YOU PRESENT YOUR OPINION ONLINE. (I APPOLIGIZE FOR ANY SPELLING ERRORS)

  19. Billy

    January 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Man U Fans, try litening to your manager.

    before the game on Sunday he said it’s still Man U biggest game of the season.

    As for the game, you only won it for a dive and a correct sending off, without those who knows what would have happened.

    the League game at old tiolet wasn’t an easy run out for MU either,

  20. Roy Mac

    January 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

    #11, you’re blind, I’m a LFC fan, still I’ve seen Stevie G diving, there’s video evidence, so it’s useless to deny it…

    As for the Manc who has written that, this win won’t reassure Man United fans, their team are good enough: playing against LFC who is supposed to be a “One man team” (Ass Gerrard was off) and still failing to score a goal…

  21. Gavin

    January 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hey there Mr Article Writer.

    I cant seem to figure this out….If Liverpool have been knocked of their perch, why the interest in writing about Liverpool? As Purple nose said, he wanted to knock Liverpool of their perch, and he has done so. Why Not concentrate on City or Arsenal or even Spurs….dare i say. There could be a few reasons:
    1. If you do have a conscience, that is what could be promting you to write this article to justify the decisions made the referee in the game on Sunday.
    2. You know that at some stage, Liverpool will rise from the ashes and get back on that perch, which i highly doubt will be in the near furture.
    3. Man U have reached their peak and the only way from there is down, also highly doubtful.
    4. Deep down, you know, no matter how many trophies and titles you have won, Liverpool will still be a greater club than Man U. This will be despite all the influence of Man U media support, all your ‘so called’ trillions of supporters. That is more likely the reason for you to feel threatened enough to produce an article of this calibre.

    But, never fear, Liverpool Football Club and it’s supporters have been knocked of their perch, and Man U now hold this position……the circle will continue……If you can understand what that statement meant.

  22. virgopq

    January 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    U bloody lot are pure sh*t!. God damn pathetic sorry arses!. The past 2 decades or so hv clearly shown wh club has been dominatin’ both the local & European stage yet u pathetic lot can cry & bitch all u want coz the next 2 decades wl see the same old stuff again wh is Man United winnin’ & Poo winnin’ . . . f**kalls!!! . . . wz or w/o yr so-called ‘King’ Kenny!!!.

  23. raygun

    January 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Yo virgopq,

    U’re a pure devils in & out eh?try asking your grandpas n grandmas who was the shitty pathetic scumbags carrying manure’s badge all over the world in our winning days?it was u bloody lot wit your sorry arses! we have not won in 20yrs, but it took u shitheads 23yrs to put your hands on the trophy. idiots. the downfall for u scumbags are just around the corner. let’s just wait n see how many so-called manure purists will stand firm to the old toilet’s gate week in week out, or how many f**k**s in the red shirt of manchester starts buying blue dresses n start cheering for the sheikhs next door.

    dominatin’ the European stage?my arse!

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