I had seen a number of references on social media, where Liverpool fans were comparing their situation with that of Newcastle supporters.
The scousers apparently feeling sorry for themselves and believing they’d hit rock bottom.
Just as a reminder, it is only 13 months ago when Liverpool went within a whisker of winning the Premier League.
This past season Liverpool fans watched their team finish sixth in the Premier League, reach the semi finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup, plus play Champions League football which included playing Real Madrid home and away.
Liverpool have reacted to ‘only’ finishing sixth by revamping their coaching set-up and so far have signed four players:Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, James Milner and Joe Gomez – the last three of those signings all linked with Newcastle this summer. There are other signings reported to be in the pipeline of the likes of Benteke and others.
Could there really be a significant number of Liverpool fans who honestly think that what they are having to put up with is anywhere near on the same scale as Newcastle fans?
Apparently so. I visited one of the main Liverpool fans’ message boards at This is Anfield and these were amongst the comments I found:
‘I feel like a Newcastle Utd fan now, we have Mike Ashley with an American accent. We have a John Carver manager who is a lame duck and a disillusioned fan base it seems.’
‘I am very disappointed that Rodgers has not been replaced. I have never had confidence in Rodgers the style and tactics of the teams bewildering me more than anything else (am I too old fashioned?). If the defense is not sorted out over the pre-season we will be back at point zero like we are now.’
‘It is fair to say that a huge amount of people are looking at our squad, manager and owners and seeing a pretty disappointing sight.
I think as fans we can have the wool pulled over our eyes far too often and the sickening argument that we should “stick behind the club” “through thick and thin” makes it even harder to question anything. Often the mantra ends up being the blind following the blind.’
‘Just utterly disillusioned by it all right now. Perhaps if we sign an undeniably great player for the attack that will change. But as things stand, and with the players we’re targeting so far, I don’t see it.I think we’re in for a Groundhog Day repeat of one of the most depressing seasons I’ve witnessed as a supporter.’
‘The worst thing of all – we really are the laughing stock of football. Anyone with links outside Liverpool, who lives or works or does business outside Liverpool, and who has friends and family who are not LFC supporters, knows just what a laugh the rest of football is having at our expense.’
‘I respect all of the opinions posted in here, and understand the negativity after a campaign which on the surface brings no positives whatsoever. But to say we are a Newcastle, and we are no better off than under Hodgson? I’m sorry I have to disagree entirely.’
‘If we sign the most reliably linked targets, Milner, Ings, Benteke, etc… Then it would not surprise me to see LFC finish anywhere from 6th – 10th…you will laugh, but don’t write off Newcastle, they have a good year every 3 to 5 years and just 4 years ago they finished 5th. I just have no faith at the moment.’
‘Signing premiership proven players who are for the most part a waste of time and funds while at the same time utterly inept at retaining our best players. An inadequate manager who will be gone long after his usefulness expired.
And ultimately owners who, just like Moores and the two c***s, are proving day by day that they are unworthy of this club. Not much to be cheerful about, is there?’