Which Way Now For Liverpool?

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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16 Responses

  1. Carlington says:

    LFC is dead. Put the body outside and call in the undertakers for God’s sake!

  2. Bill says:

    Hodgson has got to go NOW

  3. Ynwa15 says:

    Honestly I don’t know wats happening anymore,it is do depresing I can’t get my head around it.lets just wait till those two parasites are gone mayb then will get new owners and put this nightmare behind us.I love Liverpool.ynwa 15

  4. Gaga says:

    People must realise that lfc have been behind for the last 20 years and its been a dramatic downward spiral since the americans came into power. I said nearly 3 years ago that rafa would be sacked and at the same time lfc will struggle on the pitch as well as off in a big way. They would know longer be part of the champs league set up and i honestly believe this will be the case next year also. Lfc actually need nothing short of a miracle to save them. It wont be long before the half decent players actually decide to leave. Only way lfc will be able to attract players is if they give them fantasy football money which is the case now at Man City.

    Either way, LFC will either be a forgotton name or manage to some how turn the corner with a very rich and passion new set of owners. The former looks more realistic mind you.

  5. Neil says:

    I saw Roy Hodgson in the car twenty minutes ago. He was doing around
    140mph the wrong way up a one way street with a can of beer in his hand,
    smoking a spliff and beeping his horn. That fucker will do anything to
    get three points nowadays

  6. Sgt Fenix says:

    What we would give for just a fraction of what Rafa had achieved. People underestimated what he had done in the short space of time he had. The media unfairly pilloried him and unfortunately, the board and some fans bought into the farce. And LFC replaced him with a English manager who had won what again?

    Have a read of this excellent article.
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/rafael-benitez-liverpool-is-my-home-and-i-will-come-back-14965846.html

  7. Paul says:

    Good summary of the situation but, despite the hurt that the current form is bringing, it was all too predictable especially for most of us who still had faith in Rafa Benitez. The board got rid of him because he was putting pressure on them to deliver and because (as chairmain Martin Broughton indirectly admitted) sections of the media were highly critical of him. As for the fans who wanted him out because of one bad season, we got a manager who was appointed because of a good one and this is the result of that.

    Worse than the results (which are pretty awful) is the level of performances that have – bar the opening game against Arsenal – been woeful with no direction, shape, purpose or anything resembling Plan B.

    Then there are Hodgson’s comments such as the ones over the weekend where he claimed to be insulted by the suggestions that his tactics couldn’t transfer to a club like Liverpool especially as they had worked at Halmstad and the likes.

    The media portray Roy as a likeable man and that might be the case. However, he also seems to be extremely arrogant with a very inflated opinion of himself, one that is hard to justify given that the best results of his career were two lost UEFA Cup finals.

    So, as you say, getting Dalglish in might not be the right option. But it is becoming increasingly apparent that keeping Hodgson isn’t an option either.

  8. LFC must recover.what ıf they must not…

  9. Jertzee says:

    I cannot believe people want Hodgson to go – absolutely crazy. Give the man a chance.

    Liverpool were struggling as a club before he came, and within a couple of months people expect him to have turned it around??

    The rot set in a long time ago, but expectations from a manager that has proved himself before is to turn it around within a couplpe of months? Unbeleivable that anyone could even suggest getting rid of Hodgson now.

    The worst and most foolish thing to do now would be to fire Hodgson. It would make the situation worse.

    Get rid of the people running the club before you ask to get rid of the manager.

    You probably heard it already but Fergie didn’t exactly have a great start at Man U, did he?

  10. Albert Ross says:

    Liverpool’s problems go back in some ways much further than the current owners. Over the last 20 years it’s been clear that either a new stadium or a highly unlikely expansion of Anfield was needed to allow the club to compete; the current capacity is 45K and is significantly smaller now than Old Trafford, the Emirates and even St. James Park and Stadium of Light. Plans for the new ground have come and gone, arguments for and against a shared stadium have come and gone, and meanwhile the club has had to limit its ambition partly because it can’t get the extra revenue and interest. The amazing thing in many ways is how Houllier and then Denitez managed to keep winning any trophies at all. Now there’s no Champions League revenue Hodgson has little chance to attract the world-class talent of the past.

    They’re in a vicious circle now; without the stadium they can’t really get the revenue to compete – but they can’t afford the new stadium on their current revenues. It’s very quickly reaching the point of Liverpool having to face being a regular in the battle for a UEFA place at best – and even that assumes the current ownership and debt situation can be resolved.

  11. Mick Nick says:

    Albert is smack on the money. A decade ago the concept of Liverpool and Everton sharing a ground was unthinkable, now the future for both is unthinkable if they don’t.

    And, sadly, the longer they leave it the smaller it will need to be.

  12. Martin says:

    Bring Daglish back?!?

    Are Liverpool turning into Newcastle?

  13. ejh says:

    It has now gone far enough to stop even being amusing to the neutral.

    Really? I think not. Seeing Liverpool in the relegation zone is hilarious for the neutral.

    Of course the off-the-field process by which they come to be there is grotesque, but the actual fact of their presence in that territory is very funny indeed.

  14. Dotmund says:

    What Liverpool need is a manager who has big club pedigree. Someone better suited to Real Madrid than Fulham.

    Step forward Big Sam Allardyce.

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