No, I’m not talking about the Liverpool performance against Swansea, I’m actually talking about the supporters’ reaction to it.
So-called “supporters” of Liverpool FC, were absolutely raging, fuming with disbelief – criticising the players, the manager, the board, absolutely anyone that they could attach some ‘blame’ to.
“Klopp doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
“Must sell Clyne, Klavan, Lovren and Mignolet!”
“We NEED new players!”
“Henderson crap. Again.”
“Top four and the season is over.”
Get a grip.
Never have I had the displeasure of being associated with such reactive, fickle and spoilt fans. This is a team, that last season was eighth, and the season before, truly diabolical. Jürgen Klopp, a manager coveted by almost every top European club, decided that he would take over at the ‘great’ Liverpool, and attempt to restore the team to past, and to create future, glories. In all honesty, this is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in world football, coming to Liverpool, with the current team, with immense competition, and without the deep-pocketed approach of rivals, and is a challenge that many a good manager has failed to meet. Yet, nonetheless, and to his credit, Klopp decided to take it on, but has not been rewarded the way he should be, by some fans.
Despite Klopp choosing Liverpool, and steering the team into two cup finals in his first season, then in his first full season, another cup semi-final, and a position to which Liverpool actually have the ability to challenge for the title, that’s not enough for some fans – the very same fans who felt that top four should be LFC’s goal this season.
Liverpool may have lost to bottom side Swansea, but even within the game, there were clear signs of improvement: last season, having gone two goals down, that would likely have been the end of it; yet Liverpool responded with two goals, both from Firmino, signalling an end to his dry run, whilst Coutinho got more valuable game-time under his belt for the upcoming big fixtures, and Joel Matip is set to return to the starting XI next game. Losses in the Premier League happen, and whilst Liverpool had not been beaten for a year at Anfield, that record was bound to be broken eventually – fuming and raging about a small setback in the grand scheme of things is quite pathetic in all honesty. There’s plenty more games for Liverpool to make up lost ground.
Now, to call out a tactical mistake, or highlight errors within a match is fine, but to chastise the team and the manager in the manner that was evident on Twitter, and radio phone-ins is truly ridiculous. Steven Gerrard was spot on when he voiced his own disbelief at the growing discontent amongst the Liverpool fanbase, stating that the Liverpool manager is world-class, and that LFC are lucky to have him. The fans who cannot deal with a small setback would do well to remember that.
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