If ever I’ve had a ‘hunch’, it was back in late 2004. Liverpool scraped through the group stage of the European Cup – and I do mean scraped. They needed to win the final game of the six game stage by two clear goals. At the end of the first half, they were losing 1-0, and needed three. It was a thrilling second half though.
My hunch got stronger come the game at Anfield against Juventus, but even by then I’d decided that I wouldn’t be booking my ticket to come live in Mexico till after the European Cup final in mid May. Just in case…
It was a good decision. Liverpool got through to the final. The greatest final, it transpired, in European football history. I never get tired of watching it. The video below is a mash up I found today. It’s hard to believe it was more than five years ago.
There have been some glorious moments since then. Thrashing Real Madrid in the quarter finals 4-0. The 2006 F.A. Cup Final. Putting four past Manchester Utd. And a half dozen classics against Chelsea. If you only click on one of the links though, click on this one.
But how it’s all gone wrong. We started last season favourites to win the English Premier League, and one of the favourites to win the European Cup. We finished a shocking 7th in the former, and didn’t make it past the group stage in the latter. Manager Benitez got the bullet, and the search for a new manager began.
The search shouldn’t have included Roy Hodgson. Experienced, yes. At mediocrity and failure. As he is capably demonstrating this season, having gotten the job. The sooner he’s fired the better. Bring back King Kenny. But there are bigger problems. The American owners, who have done a fine job of destroying the club, are about to have it taken off of them by the banks. Which may mean administration, a 9 point deduction in the league….is relegation really so far fetched?