Our league form has been tough and tiresome so far this season, and I can only anticipating a long and drawn out conclusion to what has already been a difficult campaign. The boo’s which rang around Anfield at the final whistle on Saturday highlighted the fans’ growing frustrations, however I certainly won’t be one of many Reds fans already jumping ship.
Our recent defeats to relegation threatened QPR and Wigan have been hard to swallow, obviously, but I’ve chosen to see the positive side to our dwindling form.
When Kenny Dalglish took over the reigns, once again, of this great Club in January 2011, and then signed a permanent deal at the end of last season, he had one objective: to get the side back on its feet. He had to look to the future and do what was best for this Football Club. I have no doubt in my mind that he’s doing exactly that.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, we had something to play for in the league – fourth spot. A few bad results here and there and we’ve since slipped completely out of the running. It was to be expected, Dalglish has a 3-year plan for this Club, it’s not going to happen over the course of 6 months.
So with a Europa League spot already sealed through our Carling Cup success, finishing anywhere between 5th and 17th is virtually the same thing.
Therefore Dalglish, who is always looking towards the future, has opted to implement a youth strategy which was highlighted through his team selection on Saturday. While Jordan Henderson, Sebastian Coates, Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan (all still under 21) were given prominent roles in the first team, 17-year-old Raheem Sterling became the 3rd youngest Liverpool player of all time when he came off the bench. He was joined by other youth prospects Jonjo Shelvey and Nathan Ecclestone.
To add to this, several reports surrounding the Club claim that fellow 17-year-old striker Adam Morgan and 18-year-old midfielder’s Conor Coady and Suso are set to make their first team debuts in coming league fixtures.
That’s why although the last few games may be tough – we must stick by Kenny Dalglish and his decisions. He’s looking for the next Steven Gerrard, the next Robbie Fowler, the next Jamie Carragher, and he needs our patience to do so.
Kenny Dalglish has, and forever will, have the best intentions of the Liverpool Football Club in his heart. Whatever decisions he makes, we have to trust. We have to throw our support behind him, and behind the youngsters who are likely to come into this side over the next couple of months.
We must never let any of these young kids walk alone.