Sport / TV and Film

The final whistle blows

Halfway through viewing this fly-on-the-wall documentary, a fear began to develop inside me. Should the end of the season leave the club in a precarious situation (mid league, no cups), Liverpool FC would become a laughing stock. Letting the world be privy to inside tactics, moral creating half time speeches and transfer sagas, is all so wonderful. If all that culminates in absolute zilch success….can’t really help but point at the documentary and nitpick to start the blame game. There are positives to take:

  • Rodgers wants to go back to the past, and dig up that passing style of football that Liverpool are renowned for.
  • He believes in letting the youth have a crack at first team football. Okay, I guess having limited funds leaves with him no choice but to consider the likes of Shelvey and Sterling. Yet he has always believed in their quality. Before Shelvey started to get noticed a couple of weeks, Rodgers was prepping him pre-season. So his eye for the talented youth and polishing them up is applaudable.

However, there is plenty to ponder over, particularly with regards to Andy Carroll’s transfer saga:

  • In the ‘Walk On’ episode, Rodgers was spotted putting the ‘wrap Andy Carroll in cotton wool’ plan into action. Talks of a tight hamstring felt by Carroll in training resulted in deep concern being shown by a manager, for the club’s most expensive signing ever. Deep concern, that a ruptured hamstring might extinguish any hope of selling or loaning out the player, that is. Rodgers is all praise for the striker, naturally. Yet he never indicates that there is a possibility of Carroll fitting into his plans. We see how he is then loaned off to West Ham. A few weeks from that and here we are now with striker Fabio Borini out for four months with a broken toe. What baffles me is that Rodgers has said that he hasn’t even thought about recalling Carroll. It just highlights Liverpool’s mistake in not bringing in Carroll’s replacement in the summer transfer window.

The reality is that Liverpool are a club currently in a transitional period. It’s going to be a tough journey paved with obstacles. The results haven’t been there, but the performances have been spirited and gutsy. I don’t know what purpose dishing out the original ‘This is Anfield’ sign serves. I’m not even sure if Rodgers playing Derren Brown like mind games, by waving envelopes containing names of players who will let the club down, will lead to having a terrific season. To be honest, I don’t think we really needed to see the laundry guy folding kit t-shirts. I do know however that Liverpool fans need to be realistic. If we start making deluded comments like ‘we’re going to win the Premier League’ then we’re only going to be letting ourselves in for a spell of high disappointment and misery. Till then, the 219th Merseyside derby awaits.

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