It’s been a few weeks since I’ve incited a riot in public, more importantly on twitter. I think it’s now time for us Liverpool fans to begin dreaming, maybe this year could actually be our year. Now, I know that City are two games in hand of us, but hey. We’re second and still have a major say in where the title lands. Could it be with us? Chelsea or City? Maybe Arsenal could stage a late fight back, but don’t get too far ahead of yourself. It’s Arsenal, and they don’t do ‘winning’ that well when it comes to securing trophies!
How have Liverpool changed their ways, so quickly? I still believe that the key to a good season is to have a brilliant pre-season. That’s what happened with us this season, unlike the last. Brendan Rodgers has also made some very brave managerial decisions with Liverpool, and they have actually paid off. I hold confidence now, that if the game comes down to tactics, Liverpool will win.
The biggest decision, Brendan Rodgers made in pre-season, was to send Pepe Reina out on loan to Napoli, following his botched attempt to forge a move to Barcelona. Bringing Simon Mignolet in, as his replacement, was a bold choice, but it was needed. Now, I’ll say this over and over, I have nothing but respect for Pepe Reina, but I believe that his best games are behind him.
Simon Mignolet was a breath of fresh air for Liverpool, and he made an immediate impact; but his aura had somewhat degraded by Christmas, as he made a bunch of errors in two big matches. Which merited some negative response from the #BrendanOut movement, they have now shut up. Much to the delight of us real Liverpool fans.
Mignolet showed great character to come back from making the mistakes, and he will become a better goalkeeper, because of them. He trains with some of the best players in England, so improvement in inevitable. Also, let’s remember, goalkeepers normally get better with age, he’s only 26 (Remember to wish him a happy birthday, it’s his birthday today. 06/03).
Moving forward, I think that selling Pepe Reina is going to be the best move, Mignolet will continue to prove his doubters wrong, like he did against Southampton. (This is going to start a riot isn’t it?)
But another of his (Brendan Rodgers’) bravest moves comes in the form of young fullback Jon Flanagan, we were all sceptical when he was announced on the team sheet for the first time this season, but, he’s proving us all wrong, and is holding his own position now in the first team. Good call BR.
He hasn’t been a stranger to give those younger players a chance in the first team, players like Henderson, Sterling and indeed Flanagan have benefitted from this. All three are now some of the first names on the team sheet.
What’s next for Liverpool?
Liverpool’s next target is to finish the season in a very strong position. However the team finish, I will be proud to be a Liverpool supporter, as I have always been. The ball is in Brendan Rodgers’ court right now, how the team perform will ultimately decide where we finish.
But, if we finish in the top 4, which we should, I’ve heard that John W. Henry is going to be breaking the cheque book to bring some world class talent to Liverpool. Who should Liverpool sign? Let us know in the comments, either on the Facebook page or the Website! I will be interested to hear what you guys have to say about potential signings. (Konoplyanka please)
If you would like to join in one of my publically incited riots, follow me on Twitter! @MrNickMason, I follow everybody back! Unless you’re a Manchester United fan, then I may have to block you.
The very best of Liverpool is yet to come, and there is still another gear, I believe, that the team can hit to end the season on a high. This has been a crazy season, it’s going to have a crazy ending.
Until next time, I hope you enjoyed reading this, as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Thanks again and take care.
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