The last couple of years has been a trying time for anyone who calls themselves a Red.
Following the best possible display of a title challenge against Manchester United in 2008-09 (including victories against them from a goal down, both home and away) Liverpool fell by the wayside in Rafa Benitez’s last season in charge.
Failed to progress through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, finished outside the top 4 in the premiership, got knocked out of the FA Cup by Reading, and agonisingly lost to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semis, thanks to a last gasp away goal by Diego Forlan.
Be fair, even when Forlan couldn’t kick straight at a tree in a forest (references to his flop Manchester United days) he still managed to score at Anfield.
Focusing back on Liverpool, last year was worse than the previous. Personally I never held against Roy Hodgson, but somehow things just went wrong and stayed there for the majority of his 6 month tenure.
Then came HE. The one fans worship as a Messiah. The one who enjoys cult status among anyone who’s dared to call themselves a Liverpool supporter. In fact you’d probably get chucked out of any of the billions of Liverpool supporters clubs or gathering across Britain and the world, if you didn’t like this man. He, who means as much to the KOP as Alfredo DiStefano and Ference Puschkas means to Real Madrid. He who’s called Kenny Dalglish a.k.a King Kenny.
Somehow the team found it’s feet again under him. In a team mainly comprised of right footers, Kenny must’ve robbed Daniel Day Lewis to complete the look for those players. Then the Carroll and Suarez transfer caused a global stir, Suarez dribbling circles around the Manchester United defence in March made the world sit up and notice Anfield again, Andy Carroll’s bullet precise left foot shot past Manchester City’s Joe Hart gave new hope to all those wearing the new no. 9 replica shirts.
Now it’s fair to say, Dalglish has gone a bit over the top with his spending spree this summer, backed by new owner John Henry. £20 million on Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing each, and another £8 million on Charlie Adam has been flagged up as perhaps a bit much, when you add that to the £50 million plus shopping spree in January.