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Liverpool 2010/11

It has been over 5 years since the Liverpool faithful have tasted victory in a major competition. Cast your minds back to the 25th May 2005 when on a night that made a Liverpool supporters feel a sense of overwhelming joy and pride as a miraculous turn around saw Liverpool come from 3-0 down at the half time to draw level and hold out to win in a penalty shootout.

Sadly since that night Liverpool a club of a great history and even greater players have fallen from grace. Two seasons ago under the managership of Rafael Benitez Liverpool was able to contest a tightly fought premier league finishing 2nd only four points behind Manchester United. The 2009/10 season was one that all Liverpool faithful will hope to erase from the memories as soon as possible. The competition got off to the worst possible start as Liverpool lost 2-1 to a determined a vastly improved Tottenham Hotspur’s side. Despite this being only the first game of the season there was a sense that Liverpool’s season may not take on the route previously imagined of once again pushing for the title. All pre-season the news that dominated the LFC was the transfer of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, questions arose as to who Rafael Benitez  would get across to replace the influential Alonso. He answered with the signing of Alberto Aquilani from Roma. Yet he arrived under a cloud of injury worries as the club prepared itself to invest itself in not having the services of the midfielder for at least 2months.

Liverpool’s season was unable to gather momentum as winning streaks were constantly interrupted by losses and tame draws. The Liverpool faithful began to give up hopes on winning the title and turned their concentration to the Champions league and securing a top 4 finish in the Premier League. However in December 2009 Liverpool was dumped out of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon. The hearts were broken and the spirit was weak. The season slowed to a crawl as the players and supporters alike looked to salvage what they could.

On the 9th of May 2010 Liverpool’s miserable season came to an end with a 0-0 draw against Hull City. The focus turned immediately to rebuilding this proud club and the calls for the replacement of both the owners and to a lesser extent Benitez were sounded.

The new season has begun under the leadership of Roy Hodgeson who has had an early impact with the surprise signing of free agent Joe Cole along with Christian Poulsen. As with the start of all new campaigns expectations are high once again as the Liverpool faithful expect a top four finish and possibly a trophy this season. There is no doubt the talent and determination are there as star players such as Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have committed themselves to the club turning down potential offers from the giants of modern football. The current season has got off to a slow start yet one which offers a sense of optimism. Having a draw snatched from the jaws of victory against a numerically superior Arsenal on the opening day was slightly tempered with a tame 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. However the Europa League qualifiers were dealt with relative ease seeing Liverpool through to the group stages.

It is now all uphill for this once great club as Liverpool looks to rebuild and set itself to achieve what it did way back in 1989-90 under Kenny Daglish. Despite the slow start to the season the new leadership and new players emerging prove promising for what could be a close turnaround for the club.

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