Post by @mattmlstd2
The new season looms and the excitement of Liverpool fans will be perhaps somewhat tempered by the desire for the focus this season to be upon how good the actual football was. We live in an era were the press run riot without any encouragement. In recent times, LFC have unwittingly scored numerous public relation own goals.
King Kenny Dalglish spent a phenomenal amount of money on a group of players who by and large failed to even vaguely live up to their price tags. Then Brendan Rodgers arrived clutching his now infamous three envelopes, resembling a footballing David Brent.
However, these incidents have since been eclipsed by the astonishing behavior of Luis Suarez. It is all well and good for a football team to adopt a siege mentality, occasionally it is to be applauded, but when a Prime Minister condemns you, surely it’s time to ‘smell the coffee.’ David Cameron talking about the bite on Chelsea’s Ivanovic told the Daily Mail.
‘I made my own views clear, just as a dad watching the game.
‘I have a seven-year-old son who loves football, loves watching football and when players behave like this, it sets the most appalling example to young people in our country.’
What is important to remember here though, is that Liverpool are well equipped to move on this season. Rodgers arrived and seemed to more flung into the role of a fire fighter rather than a football manager. Slowly but surely he is building a team against his own template that can potentially be a highly successful one. Rodgers is the man to honour the heartfelt pride that Liverpool supporters bring to Anfield in spades.
And this is Liverpool’s not so secret weapon. There is much talk of ‘the twelfth man’ in football, but this is phrase has perhaps never been more apt than when discussing the Anfield support. Generations of fans have grown up immersed in a culture of attractive football, culture of passion, winning and winning in the right way. The support at Anfield this season will be up for the challenge, Liverpool 2013 tickets will be their usual high demand, the expectation and excitement will be immense.
So what of Luis Suarez? It’s awkward to skirt over the subject. Away from the nonsense in the press, he scored a staggering number of goals last season. He is an incredibly gifted footballer, with genuine ‘never say die’ attitude. His tenacity is extraordinary, his talent frequently mesmerizing. But will he be a part of Brendan Rodgers new season? One would hope that the question mark over Suarez can be removed as soon as possible.
The need for a manager to assemble his personnel in time to benefit from the preseason games cannot be stressed enough. And Liverpool have made some very shrewd buys already. Luis Alberto (£6.8m, Seville), Iago Aspas (£7m, Celta Vigo), Simon Mignolet (£9m, Sunderland), Kolo Toure (free, Manchester City).
Iago Aspas is a stand out purchase. Rodgers told Sky Sports:
“Iago is a real competitor but he’s also got quality as well. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in action.
“When we sat down last year we felt we needed to bring more of that mentality into the group – players with quality but also players with a winning mentality. (Luis) is one who, over the next period of time, we’ll see is an outstanding player. He fits what we’re trying to do really well.
“He’s a very young player but he’s played competitive games, and the philosophy won’t be anything new to him. He understands the game very well. He’s got the right profile of what we want and he’s another player who can score goals.
The clever move though, has been the capture of Kolo Toure. The former Manchester City man will be an immense addition to Liverpool. A seasoned campaigner who will instill confidence in all who play along side him.
One gets the sense that Rodgers is building for the future and is keen to move away from the negativity and niggles that have dogged Liverpool. One gets the sense that he is keen to ensure that Anfield once more sees fans heading out of the gates reveling in the football they had just watched. Live football 2013 is going to be bigger and better than 2012 and never more so than on Merseyside.
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