I received this email from Mohammed Sami Faizullah, it is excellent. YNWA Mohammed. I've been thinking about it long and hard. This question has been stuck in my head- Am i pro-rafa or anti-rafa? I think ive got the answer, im not pro or anti rafa, im Pro-Liverpool. I care in the best interest of liverpool. And looking back on the season so far. We have been poor, very poor. Does Rafa deserve to evade blame? No he doesnt. He has made mistakes, with tactics, substitutions, team selection, transfers blah blah blah. He is the manager, and ultimately the blame comes on him. Thats the normal working of the world. But should we continue with the normal working of the world and sack Rafa? No, we shouldnt, cause we are not normal, we are the most trophy-rich club in England. Who cares if we are not on top of the league, or we dont have the finances of Chelsea and Mancity etc. We still love this club. And we want this club to be where it once was.And that will come with consistency, and stability. We need to think long-term, not short-term. Do we really want to become like Chelsea, and change our manager as frequently as them?! And Have absolutely no stability? Chelsea spend maximum number amount on wages, demand 'instant sucess' (thats why Rafa has seen 5 different chelsea managers himself.) and yet they havent won the league in the past 3 season, nor have they won the UCL. Do we want to change with the modern times? Yes, we are, new stadium, naming rights, more foreigners, yes we are changing with the times, but we can proudly say that we dont forget our age-old traditions. We can very much be proud of that fact. We can be proud of the fact that Rafa is still incharge of the club despite what has gone on this season. We can be proud he hasnt been sacked. We can be proud that the club actually cares about its staff. Look at Chelsea, they sacked Scolari cause he was coming 2nd in the league, drew 0-0 at home (i repeat, drew, not lost), very much in the UCL, very much in the FA Cup. Look at mancity, they sacked Eriksson despite the fact that they did a double over their rivals and broke their own record of points. Sacked Hughes despite loosing only 2 matches all season. I repeat- TWO matches!! Its not the perfect example, but i think we should take a lesson from the books of manu. We all hate manu, yes we do. But as much as i hate Ferguson, i admire the fact that he has been in charge for over 20 years. Purslow has said it before and has reinterated it again- liverpool are looking for long-term. As Gillett said before- its just a small blip. We want long-term stability which will amount to success. This has been a poor season, and thats a fact. Rafa deserves some blame- fact. Owners deserve blame- fact. PLayers deserve blame- fact. But its also a fact that refs, bad luck, injuries etc deserve blame. Yes Rafa has made some wrong decisions. But could he help some of the astonishing decisions refs have made against us? Could he have moved the beach ball away? Can he help the injuries (having said that, his fitness team really deserve a thrashing.). There was a thread on this as well- did we get lucky last season? Was last season a fluke? I would hate to think so. It remains a fact that if we had our full-team available for all our matches, we would not be where we are. And i dont just mean Gerrard and Torres. I mean the Benayouns, Aggers, Johnsons, Aurelios, Aquilanis, and after the spurs game i realised how much we missed and how much i have under-rated Reira. Lucas has picked up his game, but with the injuries to his team-mates, credits havent come his way. I wanted Degen gone long back. Seeing his performance recently, i realise i might have regretted it. If our current squad had been fully fit throughout the season, we could have continued our momentum from last season. I sit down time and again, thinking and watching videos from last season and wonder where it all went wrong. I feel like crying seeing what one year has done. But whos to say that we cant be back next season? We surely can! You can always blame rafa for not making enough transfers, but take a moment to think about it. Those fans who boo during the matches. Think about it. Next season, when we are back in the title race (which im sure we will), remember the main FACT which each and everyone can be proud of, think of the whole season, think of the spurs game. And tell all those manu, chelsea, arsenal fans, that we supported our manager in the hardest of times. We were 8th, but we supported him, we got KO of the UCl, but we supported him. Remember the words of YNWA: "At the end of the storm, is a golden sky". Be proud of the fact that we went the Liverpool Way and supported our manager. And when we finally see Rafa lifting the BPL trophy, we can be proud to say that we ALWAYS supported him. Thinking of that picture makes me smile. I am not saying that criticising Rafa makes you less of Liverpool fans, hell no! We can always discuss that. But until he is our manager, support him! With a few additions next season, we can be genuine contenders. Our current team is one of the strongest in the Premier League. On their day they can beat anyone. And that will happen this season, when we destroy teams left-right-centre, we will look back and cry at the fact that we didnt have the whole team available for the whole season. But we all will smile at the prospects of next season. I can assure you that! "Form is temporary, Class is permenant". I realise the true meaning of that statement. Its almost as if though i have got enlightenment. I feel so much better to know that im supporting Rafa. I can look back from a few seasons from now and proudly say "i supported the manager through thick and thin". Or i could look back and say "i shamefully called for his sacking when he actually was the right man". I have so much more to say right now, the thoughts are just boiling over one another in my head. But my hands are throbing with pain Sorry if this was too long, but please read about what i have said, and think about it. And when the pain is gone, i will share more of my thoughts. Im not pro or anti rafa, im pro-Liverpool. Keep the faith. YNWA .
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