The Years of the Rafalution , Liverpool fans used to look to the future in hope of what could be.
The Years of the Royalution, Liverpool fans look back at the past at what could have been.
This Year, The King is back , and the Liverpool fans all over the world look at each other, for they have all just had their passions reignited.
The end, good riddance .
I just want to start off by saying , We liverpool fans have never attacked Roy Hodgson ” the person” , we’ve attacked Roy Hodgson ” The liverpool manager” I just wanted to make that Crystal clear on behalf of all the Liverpool fans and writers who criticized Roy Hodgson, i’m sure he’s a charming guy who i’d definatly love to have a cup of tea with one day… Like white liquid in a bottle, it’s Milk. We saw through the glass and said “Roy Hodgson is in the wrong bottle.”
To think, we waited 6 months for signs of Liverpool’s performance under Roy to jump start. This article is more of a sequel to last night’s ”The Royalution” article on EOTK I wrote . Am I the only Liverpool writer that’s for the first time writing an article with a smile on my face this season? ( No, being drunk doesn’t count)
I guess that means it’s time for me to retire the song I’ve been singing all these last few months,
( All together now )
To the tune of Hokey Pokey
“ So the Roy came in and the Rafa went out, Draw – Loss – Draw – Loss. The Kop were in doubt, Liverpool are twelfth , Roy’s still in. What the F***s that about?”
Last year Rafa was criticized for not reaching the potential Liverpool should have achieved with the team they had. This year Rafa is being criticized for not leaving a good enough team for Roy to reach the same potential he was criticized for not reaching last year. The king is back, he’s shown his admiration for Rafa and I hope him being back shuts them up….at least for a while.
Roy said after leaving Liverpool “I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad,”
Oh Roy, how wrong you are. You’ve put your stamp on this squad alright . You’ve stamped us Hard. Liverpool football club’s become the kind of team you’re used to managing, a Mid tabled club performing worse than we did last year, the year considered the worst in Rafa’s Reign in charge.
The First half of Rafa & Roy’s last season as liverpool Managers.
“to be given the time to bring new players into the club in this transfer window and to have been able to be part of the rebuilding process at Liverpool. “
He’s right, he brought in 5 signings that have all at one point started a game this season to help push Liverpool above the “ failure “ of a season Rafael Benitez had last year. Let’s examine how the 5 signings helped Liverpool Improve .
(bellow are the percentages of the above stats; First 20 Premier league games)
15% Less Wins, 5% more draws, 10% more losses and 8 less points than last year.
Really, Roy ? who on earth could you have bought or done over the transfer window that would not only help you better Rafa’s “ failure” of a season, but do better ? What have Liverpool this season shown that could justify him staying any longer? Name us one game, or even one half?( look at Chelsea’s other losses this season before you think of mentioning them)
Roy may have meant to do the right thing, he may have wanted to do the right thing, bring success to Liverpool . No one will deny that, jokes aside, no he wasn’t sent by Sir Alex to ruin liverpool.We know that. For all I know he may have really worked on it all through the day and had sleepless nights planning our success. The bottom line is, if that was Roy giving 110% , then surely he knows Liverpool isn’t the job for him ?
Just as we fans say players need to have a certain “ class” and “ potential” to play for Liverpool, managers require the same thing, regardless of race. Rafa had a rough relationship with the press due to him not being “ English” . Roy had a rough relationship with the Liverpool fans for him not being “ successful” Which group of people made the wiser choice?
The Return of the King
I won’t even begin to act like I knew how it was like the last time he was in charge, I’ve read lots about it, I’d suggest you read Paul Tomkins’s articles on the King if you’re looking for details.
But that’s the amazing thing about it, how a man can be so loved, that the the millions of Liverpool fans world wide , for at least one second forgot about where we stand in the table. That the Liverpool fans all around the world can let go of how close we were to a title after the 08-09 season. It felt like Liverpool just won the champions league all over again, I felt my passion reignite and rejuvenate
There is one thing I’m confident of writing about in regards of the King being back, for the first time this year we’re going to see Passion. Let me rephrase that, we’re going to see Liverpool Passion. I can’t wait for our next Home game, I feel jealous I can’t be amongst the crowd. Surely it will be more alive than it’s been the last 20 years?
Don’t get me wrong, Rafa did the club right. The 2008- 2009 Season saw Anfield bouncing, his Champions league win, struggles to buy players with the budget, fighting of the media and of his bosses, all deserve credit . But picture it this way, imagine you haven’t eaten a meal in days and someone shoved in your face your favorite meal. You wouldn’t grab for the fork and knife, that’s for sure ! You’d rip right through it and attack it.
The Kop have been starved of football all season, come our next home game and they’ll be hungry. True, we have Man utd tomorrow , true we’ll see a team full of energy lead Liverpool. But tomorrow’s game won’t judge Kenny Dalglish’s rest of the season with Liverpool. This may be a new beginning but it certainly isn’t a fresh start. Rafa left a good enough team not to require a fresh start and rebuilding process like Roy stated.
Kenny knows the players and they know him. Kenny knows the staff and they know him. More importantly, Kenny knows the Liverpool fans and that in itself will ensure a better second half of the season.
( Settling in shouldn’t be a hard thing for The King )
What a season it’s been, off field that is. The horrid owners left and new ones saved us. Roy Hodgson failed and the King has finally returned to his throne.
I’ll end this with one of my favorite quotes.
Bill shankly “It was my idea to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. Napoleon had that idea and he conquered the bloody world.”
How close have we been this season to that dream ?Let’s all raise our Liverpool scarfs once again, together. Let’s raise it for a bright Red Future .
And to the King,
You’ll Never Walk Alone
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