Sunday May 2nd 2010 has every chance of going down in footballing history. It was believed from the start of the 2009-2010 season, right after the fixture list was decided that Anfield would host a title decider as Liverpool and Chelsea go head to head on this day. But even the most pessimistic of Liverpool fans would not have banked on the present scenario.
Manchester United’s tried and tested old-guard of Neville, Scholes and Giggs, still surprisingly breathing life, will believe themselves to be in a Tim Burton movie to have come to this juncture where they rely on their ‘friendly’ rivals to “Not give away their pride and glory” and do just the same in the end. But it is Liverpool we are talking about and we never give up.
The question as to whether Liverpool would rather lose at Anfield than give Man Utd an easy path to record breaking 19th title, is, as the great Alen Hansen said-useless. The 40,000 and more that turn up at Anfield and the other millions-including me-in front of their TV sets expect nothing less than a win. And the team would be playing for just the same.
Records are to be broken. Experts deemed Liverpool and their legacy to be unbeatable by the end of 80s. But, unfortunately they were not. Manchester United are passing through a similar phase. After playing a terrible season of football, they find themselves vying for top finish courtesy performances more terrible by their peer, with their greatest pre-season rivals passing a horrible phase in their club’s existence which has been talked about by plenty.
If history is anything to go by, nothing is impossible. Every Liverpool fan must be believing inside that they can turn the tide. Their time would come. Rafael Benitez could play a crucial role in that. But if he is removed or withdraws, someone else would take the mantle. But change would come. A title lost could be three gained in the future.But ours is for victory today.
Dept of Applied Electronics and Instrumentation
IES College of Engineering