Liverpool; the team that I have always supported since I was in my primary six. Wow, that was 15 years ago. Well, even though I always say that Liverpool is my favorite English Premier League team, I am, however, not very obsessed to it. If you were to ask me questions like, ‘Who is the legend in Liverpool?’, ‘How many times have Liverpool win the Premier League?’ or ‘Name me all the current players in Liverpool squad.’ I would suggest that you googled it yourself or go to Liverpool.
Before that, I wasn’t interested in football, or soccer which you might want to call it. It just happened that 1993 was the first time we owned a home computer. It wasn’t meant for me, though. It was mainly for my sister and brother who took computer courses in school at that time. In their eyes, I could only be interested in games. Indeed, I was hooked up with Tetris. The same goes for my brother and sister.
A short description on that computer. It was a 80286 machine and I could hardly remember the rest of the specifications. It came with a dot matrix printer (still connected to my dad’s current computer in Malaysia). The whole system cost about RM4,000 – 5,000, equivalent to about £1,000 and above, if I am not mistaken about the exchange rate during that time. There wasn’t any Windows, just DOS main menu.
Alright. Back to this post. I tend to stray away from what I want to talk about. Especially it was 15 years ago and there could be lots more stuff to talk about within this 15 years period. Okay, I am back.
After Tetris, I started borrowing games from my friends. So, one of the game was a football game. And the featured team is Liverpool. What I mean by ‘featured’ is that I could only play the game using Liverpool, nothing else.
That’s when I started to read football news and pay particular attention to Liverpool progress and the easiest to understand; the score. Honestly, I don’t have much memory about my supports toward Liverpool until late 1990s when I pursued my further education in college.
In my opinion, Liverpool’s performance is not consistent at all. And it became even worst after acquiring Michael Owen. I mean after a few years later. I do admit that in the beginning, it was nice to have Owen. But it seemed that his glory had overshadowed the team-mates and Liverpool became inconsistent afterward. During that time, I kept telling my friends, who always watched football games with me that Liverpool should sell Owen to cash in and buy some quality footballers. Unknowingly, Owen had played about 7 years in Liverpool.
As much as I complained about Liverpool’s consistency, I am still very much in support for every match Liverpool played as well as the Liverpool managers. The recent matches seemed to be of disappointment but to me, that’s Liverpool. They can win anytime and lose anytime at the same time. Winning Inter Milan, I believe, made any Liverpool fans happy. I read a comment on Metro yesterday. A Liverpool fan commented that the recent lost to Barnsley is on of the worst performance while the win over Inter Milan is creditable. And the final statement indicated that it is hard to be a Liverpool fan. Undeniably, it’s true.
Looking back at how Liverpool played, sometimes they depend very much on luck rather than skills and techniques. The rotation of players is a very good idea but since there have been a lot of new players after the change of owner plus the inconsistency of the previous first team; it wouldn’t be wise to have rotation until Liverpool has a strong first team. Therefore, it’s quite a relief after reading the news that Rafa may drop the idea of having rotation.
After all, there is still hope and faith for Liverpool and hopefully, there will be any changes in the management. At least until the end of next season; or hopefully longer.