By Ben Carr
When we look back over the last few months we can see that the progression that not only the 11 men we put out that pitch each week have shown but the club as a whole have achieved has been nothing short of a revelation.
We were a team at rock bottom, we looked lazy, tired and unmotivated to show talent that many of our squad possess. The most recent example is undoubtedly Raul Meireles, a player that came from Portugal carrying a decent price tag. It has taken time for him to bed himself into a team that was already struggling when he arrived in the summer. He’s entered a new country and philosophy in the English game that he’s had to adjust to and has done so very well in recent weeks. A lot can be said for the way he’s celebrated each goal he’s scored, he understands the Anfield way and I think he’s re-injected belief into the players around him as if to say, ‘If I can do it, so can you.’ Just look at Lucas, while at times he was carrying our team in the first half of the season he is now quietly leading our team, whether he be breaking down an attack or starting one off, its refreshing to me to see players in a red shirt care about what being a Liverpool player represents.
The progression that has impressed me more than any other is that of the boardroom. John Henry and his team have always spoken candidly about taking things slowly and making sure every decision is thought through without any knee jerk reactions. Each time they’ve spoken about the stadium, investment into the academy and the squad’s development it’s been a pleasure to listen to. Liverpool fans were calling for Roy Hodgsons head long before he was released from his position, I for one thought it was nice to see that a decision was clearly being thought about. Just look at how Newcastle handled Chris Hughton.
Evidently the board made the right decision getting Kenny in at the helm, they didn’t just go for the biggest name they could find from the worlds game, they choose wisely in appointing a man that lives and breaths Liverpool Football Club. They choose someone that would aid the progression in the right way, someone that would take our club back to basics, doing everything that is considered to be ‘the Liverpool way’.
To my surprise we bought big in January, something our January transfer window history suggests wouldn’t have been expected. We are showing further progress in our acquisitions as we didn’t buy calm heads to steady the ship; we’ve got that in players like Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to do that from the core. We invested in the future of the club acquitting ourselves with fresh young blood to go along with breakthrough talent such as Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey that wants to learn ‘the Liverpool way’.
We finally look like a team on the up, a team that want to show what can be done when everybody pulls together. I for one cannot wait to see how we progress in years to come so we can start writing some more history for generations to look back on.