Date: 24th January 2012 at 8:55am
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I think we have to be honest with ourselves. Liverpool is no longer a big club on the pitch. As seen our results show it. The only way we can be big again is to rebuild.

Arrogance will prevent us from making clear diagnosis of our club. Between 1991 and 1998 we were in freefall under Souness and Evans. Houllier came in and built the squad up to challengers again. In 2001 we won a cup treble and finished 3rd. He fell ill and by 2004 he was out, thus ending our first rebuild. Rafa came in and started another rebuild. He gave us an early boost. He built the team up to league runners up in 08/09 season. The team struggled one season then he was out. Instead of giving him the chance to push once more we dismantled. Hodgson came in and lost the dressing room and a pile of matches. Now Kenny must come in and is expected to fix everything in the 1 year and 15 days he has been here!!!

To summarize the above. We have had 2 good teams in the 20 years since 1991 – the 2000/2001 squad and the 2008/2009 squad. Both were dismantled within two years of being assembled. From the dates it took from 1991 to 2000 to build a squad that could challenge again. It took from 2001 to 2008 to build the next team that could challenge.

From that two things are clear:

1. We need at least a decade of stability at all levels of the club to rebuild a squad.
2. We have to avoid flinching at the first sign of hardship.

If our misery is ever going to end it will be when we start acting like a big club, i.e. sticking to a plan long enough to see results. Look at Chelsea now. They were on their way to world domination but fired their coach. Since then they have been in gradual decline. I know you are all tired of hearing this but we had our world class coach in Rafa. But we got impatient. Now we have to hope KD can do it and that he is given the time to do it.