It is a saying that every Liverpool supporter in the world has said at some or another time in their lives, and it is often followed by some sneer remark by a rival fan of one of the more ‘in form’ clubs. In fact, it is a saying that has sort of become our ‘thing’. The truth is though, that no matter what position our club finds themselves in, whether we are sitting in mid-table or just missing out on top four, every Liverpool supporter truly believes that next season will be our season, and that sets us apart in the footballing world.
It is a belief that comes with being a Liverpool supporter that success is around the corner, the belief that our mighty club will rise once more, and it is this very belief – not only by the fans, but by the players too – that inspires our club to achieve the impossible. This success may not only be ‘next season’ but in a match that is being played, in a title run or even in a losing final…the belief is there. Where many clubs like Newcastle and Blackburn have slipped down from their perch and accepted their status in the underworld, we as Liverpool stay fighting and will always stay true to being one of the greatest clubs in the world – not because of our history, but because of who we are. The Steven Gerrard heroics against West Ham in the FA Cup final of ’06, the Carling Cup Comeback against Cardiff last year and of course, Istanbul – the greatest match all time all have one thing in common, the never-say-die character of Liverpool FC.
At half-time in Istanbul the Liverpool fans ‘shook the stadium with noise’ as they sang YNWA at half-time, for a team that was losing 3-0 because they believed – and then the team showed them why they should! “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” – not if you are a part of Liverpool, cause when things get tough, you get tougher.
Maybe it is thanks to Shankly and Paisley after him for instilling this sense of stubbornness not to accept mediocrity but to push for excellence no matter how great the obstacles you are faced with. Shanks is famous for saying: “If you are first you are first, If you are second you are nothing”. A true reflection of who we are. We strive to be the best and never give up until we are, that is why it is always likely that next season may truly be our season.
Off the field, the club has faced the Hillsborough disaster and the nightmare that would follow, yet after all the years and hurdles thrown at them, the club and its people never gave up in their fight for their goal – Justice! This is the character that inspires everyone associated with the club that no matter what may come, they will never give up.
‘Next season will be our season’…is more than just six words, it is a belief in the future, whether it be the 5minutes of injury time that are about to be added on to a match or the actual season to come, we will never stop believing – because quite frankly, next season WILL be our season.
After the weekend’s win against Spurs, we’re finally starting to prove what we are capable of, with Suarez again having an incredible match, and being a nuisance as usual, and the likes of Coutinho showing great potential, with some of the through balls he has played in the past few matches being sublime. However come the summer, it is no secret that we need to strengthen our team, if we really want to start pushing for the Champions League places again.
Here are a few of the players we have been linked with as of late:
Mamadou Sakho – PSG
The French 23 year old centre back has fallen behind Alex and Thiago Silva at PSG, and has hinted that he wants out, however there is growing interest in him, not only from English clubs like Arsenal, but apparently Barcelona and Real Madrid have been keeping an eye on him too, proving he has the potential there. With Carragher retiring, a supposed rift between Skrtel and Rodgers, and Coates not being able to really make his mark, a centre back will be one of our main priorities this summer, even more so with interest in Agger too.
Stefan De Vrij – Feyenoord
The 21 year old centre back who currently plays for Feyenoord has been personally checked by Brendan Rodgers, and fits the FSG model perfectly, as he is a young player with plenty of potential, but also he shouldn’t cost too much, which is very important, bearing in mind Liverpool have overspent a lot of money in recent years, something that they will be trying to do is get better value for money.
Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid
Still a legend at Anfield that would be welcome with open arms if he wanted to return. Apparently Rodgers is very keen, and contract talks have stalled at Real Madrid. A deal for Xabi would be incredible, but nothing is impossible.
Christian Eriksen – Ajax
Another player that would fit in to the FSG model again is Christian Eriksen, who has refused to sign a new contact at Ajax, and is expected to be playing in the Premier League next season. There was interest from Manchester United, until they bought Shinji Kagawa, and Arsenal, until they bought Santi Cazorla, and now it looks like we are only against Spurs in the chase to sign him. There is hope that Danish international teammate Daniel Agger will try and persuade Eriksen to make the move.
Alexis Sanchez – Barcelona
After Sanchez’s very expensive move from Udinese to Barcelona, he has failed to really live up to expectations at the Catalan club, and may be available, especially due to debt that the Spanish giants find themselves in. However he might still cost a lot of money, due to the fact they paid so much for him.
Balazs Dzsudzsak – Dynamo Moscow
It was revealed that both Liverpool and Inter Milan moved for Dzsudzak right at the end of the January Transfer window, however Dynamo Moscow refused to do any business. However his agent Jozsef Vorosbaranyi said ‘My client really likes Moscow, but he wants to move to one of the major European leagues’ leaving the door wide open for another chance to sign him.
Keisuke Honda – CSKA Moscow
Honda is a name that we have been linked with before, and with the Japanese international’s deal at CSKA Moscow ending in the summer, it could be the perfect chance for Liverpool to grab him. As a guide to his ability, he currently keeps fellow teammate Shinji Kagawa out of his preferred position in the national side. Also the signing of Liverpool’s first Asian player would see incredible numbers of kits sold, and other advertising paths that would bring Liverpool much more money.
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Liverpool came back from 1-2 down to secure a massive three points against Spurs at Anfield. Despite taking the lead through Luis Suarez, the reds were pegged back by a Jan Vertonghen goal either side of half time. Stewart Downing was rewarded for his endevour, as he capitalised on a mistake from Hugo Lloris to slot home. Suarez was then felled in the box by Benoit Assou-Ekkoto, and Steven Gerrard sent the keeper the wrong way to see Liverpool’s fightback complete… Post match the Redmen TV bring you uncensored analysis of the game and the reactions of LFC fans worldwide…