Liverpool Football Club – An Ugly Truth

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Updated: April 8, 2015

LiverpoolLooking at the ex-Kop Stars in Gerrard’s testimonial gives you a chill down your spine and keeps you wondering, how Liverpool, after going so close to claiming their maiden Premier League title last season, are doomed to upper mid-table purgatory this term?

Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Alvaro Arebloa, Pepe Reina have all left Merseyside at some point during the past few years only to be replaced by players such as Kolo Toure, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert, Mario Balloteli, Joe Allen and Jose Enrique to name but a few.

Although the Sterling’s and Ibe’s are emerging and the Henderson’s are resurrecting their careers this year and the capture of Emre Can has proven to be a shrewd investment, Liverpool are facing the ugly truth.

Known for adopting the Money ball philosophy, FSG are turning Liverpool into one of Europe’s top manufacturers of world class talent they are unable to keep. In a few words, Liverpool have become a feeder club. That is the ugly truth.

Something needs to change if Liverpool want to win anything in the near future. Borussia Dortmund are a sobering example of how sustainable the Money Ball system can be; one year fighting for the crown of Europe and the following year fighting relegation.

The philosophy of buying a rough gem, polishing it and selling it to the highest bidder is a short term solution to maximize profits but is it really sustainable?

Tom Werner and John Henry need to consider this question among others.

Like, how can you fill a 60,000 seater stadium every week if your team, who were once the darlings of Europe, are now going head to head with the likes of Stoke City, West Ham, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur for both new player signatures and a place in the Europa League?

It is astonishing to realize that for the ill-spent sum this past summer, Liverpool could have acquired the services of Alexis Sanchez (once their top target), Toni Kroos, Matt Hummels, Marco Reus and Xedran Shaqiri.

Yet instead Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic, Mario Ballotelli, Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo were all acquired.

Out of all these new recruits, Moreno and Markovic featured in Liverpool’s crushing defeat at the Emirates last Saturday and even Markovic was hauled off at half-time.

With the Premier League season drawing to yet another predictable close, Liverpool have one more shot at Silverware – the FA Cup, with Brendan Rodgers’ side contesting a quarter final  replay against Blackburn Rovers this evening.

But this game, it’s fair to say, is far from routine. Should they advance to the semi-final against a stubborn Blackburn Rovers that they failed so miserably to break down at Anfield last month, they will then go to Wembley to face an Aston Villa outfit who have rekindled their goal scoring form mainly thanks to the Easter resurrection of dangerous striker, Christian Benteke who has netted seven goals in his last five games.

And after enduring many years in the wilderness since ‘that night’ in Istanbul 10 years ago, another season without Silverware, Champions League football or even Europa League football would be unthinkable for the Kopites (despite the bad press Europe’s second tier competition gets) but with an FA Cup final against most likely, an Arsenal side in the ascendancy, this is something Liverpool’s Red men will have to get used to as a regular occurrence if they choose to play like they did on Saturday. That is the ugly truth.

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