I look out my window this Saturday morning and it’s quite frankly miserable, as expected in late August in England. However, my mood could not be better, the football season kicks-off in just under 15 minutes and we’ll be starting our first game of what will be an exciting season on Sunday.
It’s a great feeling, a natural high, knowing that on Wednesday night I’ll be pinning my HJC badge onto my coat and setting off for Anfield for another thrilling season of home encounters, both domestic and European. It’s simply a feeling that can’t be beaten knowing that your in for weekend after weekend of watching the reds trying to get their hands on a league title for the first time in twenty years.
On the other side there’s nerves. What if we get off to a bad start? What if we’re struck with major injuries? How the hell an I going to pay for another seasons worth of tickets on student loans?! It all comes with being one of the best in the world and having a hunger for titles and trophies and for the first time since the 2001/02 campaign these nerves have pushed me on to say ‘this is our season’.
We’re better placed than ever, it’s the first season in a long while when I can say there isn’t a weak position in our starting eleven. Glen Johnson has come in to sure up the back and Kuyt has proven himself worthy of playing on the right hand side of midfield. Yes, Alonso’s gone but we’ve brought in a exciting youngster from Roma who has been hailed by critics and pundits around the world. Not to mention we have the best forward going partnership in the league in Torres and Gerrard.
Last season was close, we nearly had United and took them down to the second last game of the season. Now, however United have sold a quarter of their goals in Cristiano Ronaldo and brought in good but not world-class by any stretch Antonio Valencia from mid-table Wigan. It’s like selling your Bentley to buy a BMW, you’ll still have a great car but nowhere near as good as what you used to have. As Alan Hansen said recently when asked how United could replace Ronaldo, they can’t, it’s as simple as that.
Chelsea will put up a fight, especially with a new manager, but as I’ve said every season since Roman’s billions were pumped into the club we are still the better team, hands down. However, if anyone’s going to push us for the league title this season it will be the Londoner’s, especially with a new, talented manager who has proven abilities, especially in Europe.
Yep, it’s back. Let’s hope it’s a good one.