The big question in football this week is whether Manchester United can give themselves a chance of winning their 19th Championship by defeating Sunderland in their penultimate game on Sunday while hoping for table topping Chelsea to drop points at Anfield. Add the fact that Liverpool desperately need points themselves to ensure European competition next season and the challenge appears to be quite straight forward. But is it that simple?
Not simple enough for a surprisingly large number of Liverpool fans however because it seems that they badly want to see their own team get beaten so that Chelsea can deny Manchester United another title – even if it means costing their club a chance to compete in Europe. Such an attitude from what are supposed to be the most passionate fans in English football beggars belief.
Anfield’s much revered former manager Bill Shankly must be turning in his grave at such a thought, questioning whether today’s Liverpool fans are real supporters of their club. That word is one that does not need defining because a supporter is clearly someone who supports their club above everything else without question. Wanting your own team to lose in certain circumstances only illustrates the fact that many Liverpool fans hate other clubs far more than they love their own.
That possible dilemma was foreshadowed by Truly Reds back in March so it cannot have come as a complete surprise to anyone. Have a look at all the Liverpool blogs, forums and chat rooms however and you will be struck by the number of so called supporters who not only wish their team to lose on Sunday, they actually want their manager and players to lie down and actually throw the game!
Rest assured that it will never happen. Liverpool may end up getting beaten by a better side but neither manager Rafa Benitez nor any of his his players will purposely make it easy for them irrespective of the consequences. Their professionalism will ensure that defeating Chelsea and giving themselves a chance to grab a spot in one of the European competitions will be their absolute priority.
Despite the wishes of so many deluded Liverpool fans who have no idea what it means to support a club, Manchester United do not run the risk of being cheated out of a title. Should Chelsea virtually clinch the championship at Anfield it will be because they are superior to a Liverpool team which has never looked like a real threat to challenge for honours in a disappointing season.
So if the unexpected happens at Anfield on Sunday and the underdogs shock Chelsea by getting a result, do not be at all surprised to see quite a large number of Liverpool ‘supporters’ calling for the head of Benitez simply because his team presented Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United with an opportunity to finally achieve their long held objective of “knocking Liverpool off their f*****g perch”
Should supporters EVER want to see their club lose a match?