What a horrible seven years it has been for Liverpool Football Club?
They have won the Champions League, got to another final, and managed to win the FA Cup. However, they are even further away from winning the Premiership than ever.
But that is not my point.
Since the 2001 Treble season, the club have been in steady decline. Gerard Houllier managed to make a good Liverpool team out of scraps and some very average players and produced results.
Emile Heskey was phenomenal, Gary McCallister was a masterstroke, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler were firing on all cylinders, Sami Hyypia and Stephen Henchoz was the best partnership since Alan Hanson and Mark Lawrenson, a young Steven Gerrard was learning his trade, Paul Ince ruled the midfield and Jamie Carragher could not even get into the team.
Players like Nick Barmby and Vdalier Smicer were decent ones to have and after the Manchester derby Dieter Hamann could have came in handy this season.
So what do they offer now? Only two money grabbing Americans with some patronising phrases and the lack of acknowledgement of football. Tom Hicks and George Gillet just do not understand, Rafa Benitez does not even understand.
Why is there the need to rotate? Houllier could rotate without damaging the team, he had three quality English strikers to choose from, Owen, Fowler and Heskey. He even managed to get Nicolas Anelka on loan and gained the services of a talented Jari Literman playing elegantly when the other three were unavailable.
He always kept the same defensive backline, with the same goalkeeper for every competition.
So now, you have Dirk Kuyt who would run his heart out for the cause. So what? He should be scoring goals. Peter Crouch, Yossi Benyuon and Andre Voronin are not prolific. They are not good enough.
Houllier began the rot with the silly buys of El Hadje Diouf, making a sort of living at Bolton, Salif Diao who is now at Championship club Stoke City and Bruno Cheyrou who’s playing a bit part for some French club.
That was the start of it all.
The club has been playing poor players since then, Djiebal Cisse had potential but never lived up to it, Mark Gonzalez wasn’t even a one hit wonder, Craig Bellamy wanted to play golf, Fernando Morientes did nothing apart from moan, Scott Carson, who has been performing well for Aston Villa, is out on loan, there has been far too many.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson went though the same thing with Eric Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson. But unlike Liverpool so far, he managed to get through it.
Ferguson learned you will not win the title with average players. Manchester United has so much strength in depth now who won the title last season and like Chelsea who have won back-to-back titles before that.
Houllier managed to finish second the year after the treble and the club have been free falling ever since. Apart their lucky escapes in 2005 Champions League Final and 2006 FA cup final, they have never remotely looked like winning anything else.
They need a new man at the helm.
A Kevin Keegan style return of Bill Shankly would be over ambitious, as we cannot raise the dead, we then turn to Bob Paisley, and nope he cannot be a saviour either. Joe Fagan, where are you?
Who is around now to live up to the people of Liverpool demand? Jose Mourinho, the fans won’t like that. Sam Allardyce being successful after his flop at Newcastle, fat chance.
Is no one good enough out there. Mark Hughes? He played for Man United he will not come. Sven Goran Eriksson would not even leave Man City now.
Fabio Capello, they are too late. Sergio Ramos, what would be the point, Tottenham are just as good now. Frank Rijkaard, they do not have enough money to waste.
Jurgen Klinsmann, only if the Americans had their way he would be running the club from his summer house in California.
So if there is someone out there who wants to manage an average side with two special talents’? Work with two Americans who do not have a clue and don’t particularly care. To work under great demand and expectation. You know where to call.
7 years ago