Human beings are a species that seek meaning, and self-worth, sometimes over-inflating their own self-worth to feel better about themselves. Nowhere is the overinflation of self-worth more visible than that of certain fans’ attitude towards Liverpool Football Club.
An extremely strong start to the season had pundits and fans across the country lauding Jürgen Klopp and his team; Liverpool were heading in the right direction, FSG had made the right call, appointing Klopp, the summer transfer policy was good, and Liverpool were battling on all three possible fronts for trophies. Yet that was all to change over the course of January. A series of poor results, for a variety of reasons, saw self-proclaimed Liverpool fans emerge, demanding change: new owners, new players, more investment, and even, bizarrely, a new manager if things did not change soon.
Herein lies a long-term structural fantasy, that many Liverpool fans have succumbed to, fans of all ages, and from across the world too. A fantasy that believes that Liverpool FC are the biggest team in England, and that Liverpool FC should be winning titles and trophies every season.
Where has this fantasy come from, truth be told, I cannot say for sure. Some fans that demand immediate success grew up in a period where they saw Liverpool dominating the English and European stages, whilst some have only heard of the legend of the Shankly, Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish teams of the 70s and 80s, witnessing their dominance through football documentaries. Regardless, this attitude that Liverpool have a divine right to compete at the very highest level and must win trophies every season is a total farce.
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