Being a Liverpool fan when it comes to the English Premier League comprises of agony, annoyance, frustration and regret. Each transfer window you feel Liverpool are either a defender or an attacker or midfielder or goalkeeper away from winning the Premier League.
Ever since the 2008/2009 season under Rafa Benitez, where Liverpool fell four points short of winning the English Premier League for the first time since 1990. Ever since I became an LFC fan, I have seen Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson dominating the English Premier League with class and guile.
In that 2008/2009 season, I felt Liverpool had a complete squad; yes, someone to partner Fernando Torres was needed since he was injury prone during that season. Liverpool’s campaign was killed by incessant draws which allowed Man Utd back into the title race.
After that painful title miss in 2009, Liverpool disintegrated into more trouble and chaos under the ownership of George Gillett and Tom Hicks who were terrible football owners in my view. When Rafa Benitez was sacked by these owners in June 2010, you felt Liverpool were hinging towards implosion, and rightly so. After a terrible start to Roy Hodgson’s league campaign which featured embarrassing losses to Stoke City and Blackpool, one felt Hodgson’s appointment was irrelevant and weird.
During his reign, Liverpool endured financial trouble, and in October 2010, Liverpool were on the verge of financial administration but Martin Broughton saved the club from financial ruin, and sold it to the American Billionaire, John W. Henry and his company, Fenway Sports which is based in Boston.
This move built LFC from scratch, and performances on the field were terrible and underwhelming, and change was required. In January 2011, the change arrived with Sir Kenny Dalglish taking interim charge of LFC in order to bring stability and hope at a team that was disintegrating fast.
During his arrival, within the 2010/2011 season, he scored major wins against Chelsea, Man.Utd and Manchester City whilst securing a draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The following season under Kenny Dalglish saw underwhelming performances in the league but in the cups LFC performed well, which featured a League Cup triumph.
The owners felt the League performances which saw LFC end their season at a meagre 8th position and having a lowest goal scoring tally of 47 goals, change had to be made. When all of this was happening, I honestly felt like letting go, and supporting another team, but I held out some hope that things will change for Liverpool.
Positive changes seemed to arrive when Brendon Rogers, who arrived from Swansea City, came to manage the Reds in June 2012. Despite a 7th place finish during his first season, his style of football was absolutely enjoyable and riveting too. There was hope that Liverpool would do well under his leadership.
The 2013/2014 season was the most dramatic Premier League season for LFC ever since the inception of the Premier League in August 1992. Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez with his impeccable performances coupled with Raheem Sterling’s emergence saw Liverpool smash teams in a glorious yet scary manner.
Liverpool smacked Arsenal and Spurs with five goals, whilst they overpowered Manchester United during their post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, there was hope that the title was coming home after all.
The emotional victory against Manchester City which co-incided with the Hillsborough Anniversary, I honestly felt Liverpool would win this title and end years of agony once and for all. When Steven Gerrard cried and rallied his troops after the Man.City victory with the famous “We Go Again” cry, various forms of emotion seeped my soul and heart. I had never been so emotional after a Liverpool victory but this Man City game was special indeed.
But a spanner in the works was brewing, Chelsea arrived at Anfield on Freedom Day, and one felt Liverpool would pass this enormous hurdle and bring themselves closer to a title triumph but Jose Mourinho and his troops had other ideas. When Steven Gerrard slipped whilst receiving a pass from Mamadou Sakho, which led to Demba Ba racing towards goal and scoring, my mind went blank, and all forms of agony engulfed my heart.
I almost went into tears mode, when Chelsea winger, Willian scored the second goal which killed Liverpool’s dream of securing a Premier League crown for the first time since 1990. Furthermore, the collapse at Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace), and seeing Luis Suarez sobbing uncontrollably illustrated that this dream is over once and for all.
It wasn’t surprising seeing Suarez searching for greener pastures when he moved to Barcelona in July 2014 for 65 Million Pounds. After this period, I felt numb towards football; I started to lose interest in football. I took it upon myself to not watch Liverpool in the 2014/2015 season, because I already knew Liverpool would fall into chaos once more and I was proven right.
Moving on, Brendan Rogers was sacked in October 2015. Jurgen Norbert Klopp arrived amidst huge fanfare, and rightly so. During Klopp’s tenure so far, he has led Liverpool to three finals which were all lost and two top four finishes. Klopp is building a dynasty at Anfield, with players such Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson. This team looks ready to challenge for top honours and rightly so.
On Sunday, Liverpool takes to the field and starts their 2018/2019 Premier League Season against West Ham United at Anfield. I cannot help but feel this is Liverpool’s time to shine. Yes past pains have proven to be hard to swallow, but Liverpool is on an upward trajectory and this is the best time to be an LFC fan. So I will say this, either in 2019 or 2020, Liverpool will win the league, and this will happen under Klopp’s tenure.
Mvuyisi Tyiwani is an MA Journalism Student at Stellenbosch University, who has an ardent to desire to see Liverpool being crowned Kings of England soon, hopefully in the 2018/2019 season.