Not long after arriving at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp expressed surprise and disappointment at supporters streaming out of Anfield with still a fair bit of time left. Against Leicester City and Hull visiting supporters begged the question, “Is there a fire drill” – one of the many childish away anthems we too regularly hear. I’ve suggested many of the early leavers are of the tourist, day-tripping kind but as was pointed out to me locals are as guilty. It doesn’t matter who or what they are, getting away ten minutes or so before the final whistle is a head-scratcher. The game that baffled Jürgen was against Crystal Palace when the team was getting beaten and not playing particularly well. However, the two games this season we’d been privileged to watch something of a Liverpool masterclass but still they poured out. I know its nothing new, Tommy Smith once described them as the “half-past fourers”. Even so, the question is “Why”? I’m not attempting to answer it.
After the Hull game Jürgen was the celebrity star on Sky’s Monday Night Football and yes he looked and sounded good, almost dragging needed humour into the programme. I’m probably going against the grain and that’s nothing new, but if I was him I’d hang on a bit, the first half at Swansea followed the Hull game so we’ve a long way to go.
As we went into the second unwanted International break [Jürgen doesn’t like them either] things were going reasonably well on the pitch. The ‘Experts’ have started to talk of yet another New Dawn and I’ve read we’re second favourites for the title which I don’t get. However, there’s still a lot to get out the system, like that first half at Swansea. From what has been said, surprisingly confirmed by official sources, The Kaiser wasn’t in a good mood at halftime. We’ve had unacceptable levels of performance in the past, too many in fact, and so often we’ve heard lamentable excuses from within the inner sanctum with the players promising to try a bit harder next time. If our manager thinks he has to stick the boot in then good – especially if it gets results. If that’s what Jürgen did in Wales, I hope it hit and hurt any intended target. Given the way I was feeling at halftime I’d have happily helped.
Further Anfield expansion could be in doubt with the Boston Boys citing ticket prices as an issue. Obviously they still think we should be paying more and the penny – or dime hasn’t yet dropped. FSG own the club so it’s up to them what they do or don’t do. Or should I play the Devils Advocate? Is there something else in the wind meaning they don’t want to commit themselves to any further long term investment? I’ll leave it at that because I don’t want to start any Chinese whispers and as I mentioned in the previous Editorial, this Fanzine will only deal with facts.
Welcome to another issue of RED ALL OVER THE LAND. As always thanks to everyone who made it possible and the articles have rolled in. So much so, I’ve had to hold a few intended features over until next time. A word also to KADJ07, get well soon.
If you want to say hello you’ll find me All Around The Fields where someone’s back garden used to be. Or near a tree between the Media Entrance and the Hillsborough Memorial.