Liverpool Challenging For The Title This Time Next Year?

By on March 9, 2011

As satisfying as Liverpool’s victory over Manchester United was for the Anfield faithful, it unfortunately counts for nothing. Bill Shankly’s famous saying wasn’t quite ‘first is first, and seventh is nowhere’, but you get my drift. The result may well have huge bearing on the run in to the title, and even if Liverpool’s victory is realised as a key factor in Manchester United failing to reach number nineteen first, the sense of achievement this may offer would be abruptly interrupted by a quick glance at the league table. Not at second place where Manchester United may find themselves, but at fifth, sixth, or seventh; the Europa League places that Liverpool are beginning to familiarise themselves with.

However, the most disappointing season in recent memory for Liverpool fans won’t necessarily leave that much of a bitter taste. It will be a season that will live long in the memory due to the NESV court case and takeover, along with the historic appointment of Anfield’s favourite son, Kenny Dalglish. That’s not to mention the unforgettably ill-fated six month reign of Roy Hodgson, and the self capitulation towards a relegation dog-fight he and the previous American owners made such a good fist at. The polar opposites at each end of the 2010/2011 season for Liverpool are simply staggering. For Liverpool fans, it doesn’t bear thinking about where the club would have found itself in a year’s time had the previous regime of Hicks and Gillett maintained their stranglehold on Anfield with Hodgson at the helm.  Dalglish and NESV, however, pose a far more interesting question as to where Liverpool will find themselves at this stage next season; a question Liverpool fans can take great heart from contemplating.

It was the performance against Manchester United, as much as the result that will offer a hope for the future that hasn’t been present at Anfield for quite some time. The sinking feeling of watching the decline of a great team has been replaced with an optimism only Liverpool’s Greatest could reinstall in such a manner. Everything about Sunday’s result went far in proving scouse sentimentalism wasn’t the only reason behind Dalglish’s appointment. From the Kop being in full voice with all it’s ferocity and wit in tow, to the new number seven Dalglish bought in tormenting a Manchester United defence in a way ‘The King’ would have been proud of. The free flowing attacking football will inevitably draw comparisons with Dalglish’s last time in the Anfield dug-out; four or five intertwining attackers swapping positions in the opposition’s half is a trademark of the ‘Total Football’ mentality Dalglish is a firm believer in. All without the towering presence of Liverpool’s record signing, Andy Carroll, who will have undoubtedly been delighted to make his debut under such circumstances.

With the correct investment in the summer from NESV, Liverpool will have every chance of having a little more say in the title run in. And given Alex Ferguson’s and Manchester United’s refusal to hold any pre or post-match interviews, it is difficult to ignore the idea that Ferguson isn’t keen on playing any mind games with his fellow Glaswegian. Presumably, at fear of losing. Had Dalglish been in place since the summer, you can’t help thinking Sunday’s convincing victory may have had a more profound effect on the race for number nineteen. As for next season, though, King Kenny and Liverpool will be aiming higher than the Europa League places. With the Glazers’ Hicks-esque destruction of Manchester United, Chelsea’s transitional period, and Arsenal and Manchester City’s foot-shooting tendencies, one year’s time could see Dalglish retain his crown at the top of English football. As for the rest of this season, there is nothing to lose. Apart from Hodgson’s chains, that is.

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11 Comments

  1. Kamster

    March 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    The mentality and momentum has changed. Ferguson is running scared and he knows it, what a masterstroke by King Kenny in telling Fergie his mind games would not work. As for the team we need what everybody has said, a good left back, a couple of wingers and a central defender and Aqualani back too. I wish we sign the likes of Arda Turan, Mata, Mertascker and Coentrao. Although this lot would cost £75m by selling Poulsen, Konchesky, Insua, Maxi, Lucas, El Zar, Ngog, Cole, Aurelio and Skrtle for around £40m we would have got rid of the dead wood and bring in younger and more talented players, whilst also allowing our youth to come forward.

  2. LFC Fan

    March 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    You really think lucas, aurelio, skertl are dead wood? Lucas is our most important player in midfield this season. sure he does not score many goals but he still is invaluable for the team. Dead wood… you have dead wood for a brain!

  3. Brownie

    March 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    This is so typical Liverpool. Yes you outclassed us on Sunday and we were beaten by the much better team on the day but you really think you’ll be challenging for the league next year? Where oh where have I heard this before??? That’s right, every single year since the Premier League began. “Next year is our year”. It’s getting so boring. Kamster, you’ve said yourself that you need to go and spend £75 million in order to build a decent team – a left back, a couple of wingers, a central defender and a proven flop – is this really showing confidence that you can compete for the league title?

  4. lfc fan 1

    March 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    preach lfc fan!

  5. Spion

    March 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Last three years we have been a debacle, broke, badly managed, and pretty much no light at the end of. But we now have some decent owners who have done the right things so far in the transfer market and the manager. The big task is a 60,000+ stadium, no iffs or buts NEVS, we are leaking cash and its cash that Kenny does need to bring in young talent over the next two years. Biggest tasks for Kenny towards the end of the season is to install some confidence on the road, and keep Pepe.

  6. Kamster

    March 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Man u are in decline. You only have to see the ages of the players and players on the field. As for Liverpool – they do have a good spine and solidity but only lack a little flair. They beat Man U and Chelsea with non of the flair players. Dalglish has taken 17 points out of 24 and is moulding them into winners with a winners mentality. They’re getting better and by next year they will be ready…. As for Aurelio – good player but too injury prone, Skrtl – was a good player, but a liability and there is better out there and as for Lucas – much better but when you have Gerard, Miereless and Aqualani to choose from who is Lucas. Getting good but not good enough. The improvements would let liverpool’s squad get an average age of approx 24/25 and with that a few years ahead to gel and improve. By the way i would also let Jovanovic go….

    • Brownie

      March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Look at the kids we are bring through. Our self-sufficiency will see us right (hopefully because we wont spend anything!). Players like Tunnicliffe, Pogba, Morrison, Cleverley, Wellbeck should all be playing next year. Rafael and Fabio are becoming more established and will be world class. Hernandez and Smalling will be club legends. Nani and Anderson are still young. Hardly that old a side really apart from Giggs, Scholes and Steady Eddie. As for your spine – Carragher and Gerrard – they are both the wrong side of 30 and you don’t really have any kids breaking through yet other than Kelly as Spearing will never be good enough. I would always prefer to see youngsters brought through the club playing with passion rather than us going out and spending ridiculous sums of money on some mercanary who will be at the club 2-3 years and play with little or no passion for the shirt

  7. jace

    March 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Rubbish. Trial by tv showed ref to be culprit. How many red cards has carra escaped from? The man should change his name to houdini.
    Better shooting on our part would’ve helped. Better referee would have stopped lafferpools tackles.
    Plus note for scousers was Carroll, he’s going to be a good signing for you. Only wish we could’ve brought him on

  8. anit-scouse

    March 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Jesus,
    Broken record. Everyone ups their temp when they play us. I’ve not watched Liverpool play that well in over 3 years and the fact that we are amazingly underperforming (the last two seasons in my opinion) and yet we’re still top of the league is statement in its self. We lost Tevez and Ronaldo but still lost the league by only one point (to an offiside Drogba goal I might add) and this year we have won 4 away games….4!!!!! But we’re still top.

    Tell me something. How devastated will you be when we fire on all cylinders.?

    Take a tip – instead of talking out you’re dirty scouse bumholes saying we are an ageing team?!?!?! take the time to revel in this short lived glory. You’re club has been in decline for the last 10 years, not even that pimp KD will turn it around.

  9. george

    March 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    time for alex to retire before kenny makes him look stupid

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