Rafael Benitez

Liverpool Fans – Deluded, Spiteful And Fickle. The New Newcastle?

I automatically have a deep mistrust, resentment and loathing of any football fans that bestow upon themselves the title of “Best Fans In The World™.” Not only does this statement indicate a willing and almost purposeful ignorance of the abundance of other incredibly passionate, committed and supportive fans of other football clubs from all around the world who may be worthy of such a title, it also seems to surmise in most cases that being the “loudest” fans translates into being the “best” fans.

Think of Newcastle fans, one such group of self-proclaimed “greatest” fans. They seem to define being a great fan as protesting outside the club at 11am on a Tuesday morning when everyone else it at work, because the local post-box hasn’t been proclaimed as an accurate, 1:1 scale representation of Kevin Keegan’s phallic endowment, or something to that effect. Had it not been for the astringent criticism and heckling of one Sam Allardyce in the form of protests and the like by the Newcastle fans back in the 07/08 season, Allardyce would probably have still been in a job come the end of the season and, based on what most experts and pundits believe, they would have most likely not been relegated that season. However, the fans believed that their “passion” justified their deluded, myopic beliefs, and that their actions only went on to enhance the credibility of the claim that Newcastle fans are the “best in the world.” Well, it now appears that Liverpool fans are in on the act as well.

Hodgson and Ferguson lead the way for RESPECT

It’s far too early to begin calling it a love-in yet, but there’s a chance that we may be seeing the start of a thawing in the long, bitter relationship between two of the biggest rivals in the Premier League. What’s more, this welcome turn of events which comes just weeks before the new season, is being led by some of the most influential figures at both Anfield and Old Trafford. And not before time.

“Never giving up” is part of United’s history

It was heard as late as last Saturday, a cry of “Lucky United”. It’s said that luck evens itself out, but does it? Even when it always seems to favour United? “It’s a quality that’s part of our history” says Sir Alex Ferguson. A whole chapter of the Manchester United story can be devoted to the team’s last minute winners and for the victims it can be soul destroying, just like it was at Eastlands. United have reserved their most callous acts this season for their City neighbours – 90+6, 90+2, 90+3.