Purpose of this article is to discuss/point out a whole different point and nothing much to do with the game we won, There is a trend among some of our supporters that any comments criticising the players or the manager is met with such vehement attack its little disturbing to watch/read. Let’s get one thing straight, everyone has the right to his/her opinion it’s up to us to accept it or reject it just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean they are anti LFC. You guys need not attack them just because some section of the fanS do express what is felt by them. I do agree this past 20 years has not been the best of times for a Liverpool fans in terms of trophies or bragging rights but we are ( at least most of us) still with the club and proud of it.
Some of our diehard fans also needs to understand today its not just about football anymore, it’s all about money!!!! Whether we like to face the facts or admit it, for the popularity/existence of every club it needs silverware in the showcase. It’s also about how many new markets(countries) the club can be promoted, sell clubs merchandises, they can play exhibition matches… and that’s is where we have the clash of culture/outlook. Some of us have been supporting the club for ages while there are lot of new people who has been supporting the club for less than 4 -5 years. liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in England but look at it from the new generations point of view, how many of them has seen the club lift a cup in the last 3-4 years or so while we do have a large fan base has anyone looked at the age brackets of the same ?? I live in India and I have hardly come across any Liverpool fans who are below the age of 25, while clubs which I will rate 2nd grade like Chelsea, Man City, Hotspur… are getting more popular while traditional clubs like Man U, Arsenal enjoy their good share of fan base in this part of the world while our fan base is shrinking. While others are winning trophies we cannot just keep talking about our achievements 20 – 30 years ago. And the way we have been out of the champions league for last 2 years running has dropped us from the European map a little as well, so it is understandable when a section of the fans do get vocal about the performance and vents their frustration on twitter/EOTK/FB…
The other day I came across some comments by some of our fellow supporters that they don’t want any supporters who are critic’s of the club, manager, players. I honestly feel that is so totally wrong and people who are taking such draconian stand must refrain from turning our fans into a foe or turning them away from the club. ( now don’t argue that we don’t need such fans, they criticise because they care about the club and its future and they are trying to contribute in any way possible or sheer frustration) keep in mind we managed to get rid of Roy with the same way and had we criticised Benitez for some of his squad choice in 2009 I am sure we would have been champions that season instead of the runner up position. With all due respect to King Kenny I am sure some of us remember he left LFC, managed team against us… but we did welcome him back with open arms and If he had made a mistake ( perceived by someone ) there is nothing wrong in pointing it out, no one is above the club and its interest.
Let me point out one thing, our current owners I am sure did decided to buy LFC not just for the heroics of the past but for the potential for the future silverware. Under Hicks and Gillett’s ownership also initially they did spend money and gave a free hand to Benitez when he wasn’t delivering that’s when the money flow stopped and then the slide from the top began for LFC.
Not that I am trying to be a peace maker between the critics and the diehard fans just wanted to to point out we are setting a bad example to our young fans by discouraging them to engage in the various social media interactions and do try to empathise with some of them and try to understand where they are coming from and i did write to get the bad feeling it out of my system. YNWA