Viva La Revolution!

As you will have already hopefully read elsewhere, it now seems highly likely that a Trust run team of some description going by the name of AFC Liverpool will be started up. As happened at Manchester United several years ago, disenchantment with the politics surrounding a club is causing a number of its supporters to reassess their values, and what seems to be a common feeling is a creeping sense of dislocation towards the Premier League. Supporters of Liverpool have more cause than most to feel like this. A year ago, their club had a manageable debt, was owned by people that seemed to care about the future of the club and was on its way to a second European Cup final in three years. A year on, and the debt has spiralled out of control and is only being kept in check by refinancing at considerable cost. The new owners might be asset-strippers (no-one really knows for sure exactly what their motives are), the team might not even qualify for next year’s UEFA Cup and, although they’re still in the Champions League, it seems massively unlikely that they will get anywhere near the final of it this season. In a more general sense, the Premier League wants to play matches abroad and is happy to mess up the format of the league in order to do it, ticket...

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