A Drop In Standards
In the past 3 years, Liverpool Football Club has slipped from a once highly respected club that dominated European football and achieved highly in the Barclays Premier League, to a lacklustre under achieving one that can no longer compete with the big guns anymore. From getting into two UEFA Champions League finals in three years, (in 2005 and 2007) to struggling to achieve a place in the much underrated UEFA Europa League. This period has been a very frustrating time for both players and fans alike of Liverpool Football Club as both still have the belief that their club is still one of the biggest clubs in world football.
However they must come to face the facts that the standard has most certainly dropped in recent times at Liverpool Football Club compared to those that of the glittering past of which the club demands. However all of this anguish has come in the short space of 3 years. If we look back at Liverpool this time 3 years back, they were fighting it out with Manchester United for the Barclays Premier League title, only missing out by a mear four points. During that 2008/09 season Liverpool had only lost two Barclays Premier League matches all season and gained a total of 86 points whilst having the best goal difference with +50. All of this done in a brand of football that was captivating and easy on the eye. Also a good run in the UEFA Champions League came that season losing out eventually in the quarter-final stage with the most memorable highlight coming with a 5-0 aggregate win over nine times winners Real Madrid C.F.
However all of these successes are long gone, or at least seem like a long way away from the minds of Liverpool supporters. Some might say Liverpool’s downfall began when failing to progress to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League the following season which unknowingly began their substandard stint in the UEFA Europa League. That and a drop in league form which saw them finish in a bitterly disappointing 7th place. Since then it has to be said that it has been subsistently downhill for the club. Failed attempts in and out the UEFA Europa League and that illustrious fourth place finish seeming to be slipping farther and farther out of the club’s grasp.
It is fair to say that the reputation that Liverpool once had is slowly tarnishing. Once a mighty club, teams feared coming down the tunnel at Anfield and hearing the roar of 45,000 fans, however this is no longer the case. Gone are the great European nights at Anfield. It was once one of those stadiums where a Liverpool team would fear no one and the electric atmosphere of the fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” would strike fear into enemy’s minds. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, all the great teams of Europe would know Liverpool at Anfield would be no easy task. But alas those great days are beyond us, and the Liverpool of today are desperately trying to bring back and restore the great name of Liverpool Football Club.
At the current time things look very bleak for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers plugging away at a job that demands so much yet fails to reach it. But a shining light for Liverpool supporters at the end of the tunnel is the future. With many promising young stars such as young Raheem Sterling, Conor Coady, Suso, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan, the future of Liverpool does not seem as bleak as the reality it faces now.