By Ameer Hamoudi
It’s May 2018. Manchester City have made an absolute mockery of the Premier League, winning the prestigious trophy by 19 points; 25 ahead of Liverpool. With Pep Guardiola as the manager and a team that so many have called the greatest in Premier League history, who could have thought that with even more money pumped into them in the summer, they would be trailing Liverpool in the title race 9 months later?
There is no doubt that Manchester City’s squad is by far superior to Liverpool’s, and going into the new season every football fan would predict City as Premier League champions once again, after all it would be impossible not to.
Jürgen, however, had different plans. With the hangover of Kiev still in the hearts of the players, they produced the greatest start to a league season in the history of Liverpool Football Club. They had a point to prove, and, as they currently sit at the top of the league in February, they have passed the halfway mark in this incredible journey.
If Liverpool do not win the league title this season, we should still be the first to congratulate them on the brilliant title charge they have sustained thus far. I have never seen a Liverpool team with so much character and full of players adored so much by the Kop. If we are to beat City to the title then it will go down as one of the biggest shocks in football and rightly so.
After all the negativity in the ground after we conceded against Leicester, it is important to also remember that it is not these players who are to blame for the 29-year absence of a league title at Anfield, but it is these players who will be responsible if the Premier League trophy returns to Liverpool in May; so celebrate them. Love them. They do not need the burden of history on their backs each game.
A final message to the Liverpool supporters, whether at Anfield or on social media, is this: let’s get behind the boys. Let’s give them their best chance at success this season. Don’t be afraid to stand and start songs. Anfield should be bouncing when we are winning but even more so when the players need us to get them over the line. So let’s give everything to push them over the line. Let’s be their support and let Anfield be their solace before anything else. Ups and downs are part of all great adventures, so let’s make this journey an unforgettable one for everyone involved.
I will end with Benitez’s words in 2005, which are still just as relevant today, only with a different opposition:
“Chelsea have the most expensive team in the world, but we have our supporters, and that balances things out.”
So why is the Kop so significant?
“Because you never walk alone,” he replied without hesitation.
“It is important when we play badly, or don’t have confidence, that they are behind us, cheering us. The players play better when they hear the supporters.
They are the best supporters in the English league.”