I have it:
Liverpool as a team are so far behind we actually are a Mid Table team
It’s true, Gerrard works so well in the smash and grab, pure power and pure heart laying it on the line, coming through in the final minutes How many goals has he scored at the death? Gerrard is Liverpool.. but he doesn’t do so well in the patient game. <—- Remember this. Suarez, clearly world class talent, but needs support around him. Why does he score for Uruguay? Because he’s surrounded by class. Reina, God love him, isn’t what he used to be. The defense is actually pretty solid, but still not at their best. Midfield, Joe Allen and Lucas together 100% fit are going to be dynamite. (check back in January) Whoever the third midfielder is needs to be at their level, maybe more attacking, but still a stellar patient passer. Remember the patient thing from earlier? good stay with me here, this is where it gets good.
The point of BR game is entirely patience. You pass the easy pass, every now and then the odd 30 yard pass up the line, or the cross-field switch pass. Final third passing, probing, dinking in and out here and there until BOOM there it is. Chance on goal. Patience is the key to the system. It’s not a fast-paced-high-scoring-thrill-seeking-made-for-the-big-screen type thing. Who likes those made for TV finishes? exactly. Back to patience. WE don’t do it so well.. unfortunately, we’re freakin’ Liverpool FC, we’ve won the league, we’ve won the cup, we’ve been to Europe too, played the toffee’s for a laugh and we left them feeling blue. (5-0) sorry, back on track. Patience is not what we do. We win cups, this is the problem. our expectations are too high. When The King returned, we all in our hearts knew deep down inside that HE was going to help return us to glory, when in reality, everyone around us has improved so much, spent so much money on quality while we invested in Charlie Adamnit, and Stewart Downing (who didn’t suck entirely today) it just couldn’t happen. Our expectations need to be tempered for the time being. TIME. I know we don’t want to hear it, we’ve been hearing we need more time since 2005. Liverpool were SOOO close in 08/09 and thrashed the best of ‘em. Real, United, and we fucking HAMMERED them, but we’ve slipped and digressed, while everyone else was getting on OUR level. Now we’re the ones who have to step up. As much shit as we give City and Chelsea and Spurs for ‘buying’ their team, we need to give things time. The 18 year old we just bought could be a 25 goal scorer in the league in 3-4 years. Yes we do need attacking options, we need them now. As much as it pains me to say it, FSG does have a plan, it’s a long term plan. These are business men, who make money regularly, they can’t make money off of a shitty Liverpool FC. The problem is we don’t like it because we’re petulant children, we want our fucking candy NOW. We’ve been waiting for a long time, we want FSG to go and buy an in-his-prime-Torres, and I can assure you when the time comes and the price for the player is right, they will. Did they leave us in the lurch this window? Yup. Are we going to struggle because of it? Probably. It sucks having to wait til Christmas to actually open presents, but when it gets here.. Fowler on earth is it great! Remember the patience thing? Good. Patience isn’t only the key into the on field battle, it’s the key to the off field battle too. Raheem Sterling is a talent, gonna be fucking great one day, but pappy van winkle bourbon takes time. Patience. Hicks and Gillette left a taste in our mouths that anything that doesn’t taste like fucking victory, fast and immediate victory we want to spit it out. I’m absolutely convinced that FSG are here for the long haul, and that means building the foundation. Sure it sucks is painful now, but it’s what has to be done for the future. Ever helped slaughter a hog? I grew up on a farm so I have. it’s a filthy, nasty smelly process.. but have you ever cut your own 2 inch thick piece of bacon, dropped it into a pan and smelled it cooking, tasted that absolute glorious smoked bit of heaven? It’s ugly when it starts, hell, hogs smell like shit, but in the end it’s the best. Patience gentlemen and ladies, I know we don’t want to hear it, we can plug our ears singing fields of Anfield road all we want, but at the end of the day, at the end of the season, we have to ask ourselves have we improved here, and now, and have we improved the foundation for all things to come, sometimes laying the foundation takes the longest it’s what is being done here. It’s a long and painful process, but it’s the most important Liverpool FC was great, long before we got here, and our job is to keep it great long after we’re gone
John W. Henry's letter:
Liverpool Football Club's principal owner John W Henry has written the following open letter to supporters:
I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window, but that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved. They pushed hard in the final days of the transfer window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in.
But a summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future - Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi - could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.
Nor should anyone minimise the importance of keeping our best players during this window. We successfully retained Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez. We greatly appreciate their faith and belief in the club. And we successfully negotiated new, long-term contracts with Luis and with Martin.
No one should doubt our commitment to the club. In Brendan Rodgers we have a talented young manager and we have valued highly his judgement about the make-up of the squad. This is a work in progress. It will take time for Brendan to instill his philosophy into the squad and build exactly what he needs for the long term.
The transfer policy was not about cutting costs. It was - and will be in the future - about getting maximum value for what is spent so that we can build quality and depth. We are avowed proponents of UEFA's Financial Fair Play agenda that was this week reiterated by Mr Platini - something we heartily applaud. We must comply with Financial Fair Play guidelines that ensure spending is tied to income. We have been successful in improving the commercial side of the club and the monies generated going forward will give us greater spending power in the coming years.
We are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes. It will not happen overnight. It has been compounded by our own mistakes in a difficult first two years of ownership. It has been a harsh education, but make no mistake, the club is healthier today than when we took over.
Spending is not merely about buying talent. Our ambitions do not lie in cementing a mid-table place with expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years. Our emphasis will be on developing our own players using the skills of an increasingly impressive coaching team. Much thought and investment already have gone into developing a self-sustaining pool of youngsters imbued in the club's traditions.
That ethos is to win. We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending.
After almost two years at Anfield, we are close to having the system we need in place. The transfer window may not have been perfect but we are not just looking at the next 16 weeks until we can buy again: we are looking at the next 16 years and beyond. These are the first steps in restoring one of the world's great clubs to its proper status.
It will not be easy, it will not be perfect, but there is a clear vision at work.
We will build and grow from within, buy prudently and cleverly and never again waste resources on inflated transfer fees and unrealistic wages. We have no fear of spending and competing with the very best but we will not overpay for players.
We will never place this club in the precarious position that we found it in when we took over at Anfield. This club should never again run up debts that threaten its existence.
Most of all, we want to win. That ambition drives every decision. It is the Liverpool way. We can and will generate the revenues to achieve that aim. There will be short-term setbacks from time to time, but we believe we have the right people in place to bring more glory to Anfield.
Finally, I can say with authority that our ownership is not about profit. Contrary to popular opinion, owners rarely get involved in sports in order to generate cash. They generally get involved with a club in order to compete and work for the benefit of their club. It's often difficult. In our case we work every day in order to generate revenues to improve the club.
We have only one driving ambition at Liverpool and that is the quest to win the Premier League playing the kind of football our supporters want to see. That will only occur if we do absolutely the right things to build the club in a way that makes sense for supporters, for us and for those who will follow us. We will deliver what every long-term supporter of Liverpool Football Club aches for.
JOHN W HENRY
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