Happy Birthday KING
January 9th, 2011 will remain a special day for me always because little had I realized how the small statement on www.liverpoolfc.tv on 8th Janaury, 2011 would change my life for ever. It was a simple statement of a change of manager for my beloved Liverpool club.
As a fan from 1998, I have seen a few managers for the reds who have come and gone unable to stir the wind at Anfield or even to stop the wind. Up until the fateful day, like a insincere student of history, I was proud of the names associated with the great club and had read almost all articles on the Liverpool squad for 6 years. However, it was very difficult to accept the greatness of these names without seeing them in action. A now regretful consequence of maturing and following the philosophy – SEEING IS BELIEVING. Shankly was a legend and Paisley was a reverred figure for me similar to the fellow reds.
I watched the impact, passion and the mutual love of fans and Gerrard and Carragher for 14 years and the unspoken yearning of love between Alonso and THE KOP. For a 25 year old, this was all legendary. In a miniscule iota of time curve, these guys were legends and the future mythological folklore of the club. So, I can honestly accept with huge regrets how nonchalantly I dismissed the report on 8th January, 2011 and began anticipating a performance next day similar to the one at Edwood Park the previous week.
One could rebuke me for such a bad attitude towards love of life. However, in my defence I had been excited at the treble under Houllier and the mythical night of Istanbul. I was glad when BENITEZ came in 2004 and not excited as he did not have the stature becoming of LFC. I was overjoyed when El Niño scored his first goal against Man utd and danced to the joy when we hammered OT 4-1. Iwas disappointed at the 7th place finish last season and was happy to watch the best EPL manager of the season take charge at Anfield in the summer of 2010. My nonchalant attitude developed from the lows which followed these excitements as none of these managers had the passion of a fan for the club.
Neither Benitez nor Hodgson would come out in the press conference and give us hope or take responsibility themselves. The referee or the owners were at fault for them or the players did not stick to the tactics and missed sitters. They were bigger than the faults they made. Unable to handle the limelight of LFC, they went berserk at small successes and rattled it at the next low point. These are the simple reasons for dismissing the report.
Then came January 9th, 2011. One hell of a post match conference. The KING ridicules the FA in a satirical manner questioning the manliness of the game. Laughing at the penalty and asking the reporters where the contact in the sport had disappeared.Telling them he wanted to do the Mourinho by running to the away supporters but is too old. Amazing, this was not pointing fingers at anyone but joking along on a bad day at office like all normal people do in order to get through a hard day at work. Simultaneously, he acknowledged the fans too.
Then came Blackpool, the same squad who felt were being pushed into playing were playing like the way they should. Hard luck, we lost but the game was amazing to watch.Almost 2 months later, I still wonder about the toepoke from Meireles. KING KENNY supported the players and applauded Blackpool for playing better and earning a deserved win. Which manager does that in the modern era?
Next came the derby, another goal from a corner that should have not been. KING KENNY is the usual, saying officials are human and things happen.
WOLVES, the world is talking about the SEXgate and the KING is attempting to turn it into a POTTYgate saying he would go potty if the decision had gone against him. Amazing. FULHAM, he has a legal goal disallowed for offside, tries to sign FULHAM manager MARK HUGHES for Liverpool after watching him juggling the football. STOKE city is surprised by the new formation and taken to pieces at ANFIELD.
Come the most exciting transfer window for LFC fans in almost an eternity as a new manager, new owners all under careful scrutiny. The artificial KOHINOOR of LFC is lost a Russian mafia but THE KING again brings us out of the situation with a huge advantage. Now LFC owns the most expensive British Player in history and sold the most expensive Spanish Player ever. We are riding high on a wave and some are wary now the bubble will burst.
Stamford Bridge is raided by Meireles for a volley of satirical bombs by the KING on a Judas. Nice to have had them. However, like a paternal figure of a family, this time Kenny wants us to limit us and not get carried away pointing out the next game is as important as the game won. However, once again a bad referee decision robs us off 2 points and still KK does not discuss it or carry it forward for more than a single mention in his conference. Loss to West Ham is followed by KK mentioning where the mistakes were made and need to be corrected i.e. THE TRAINING GROUND.
In all these matches, KENNY DALGLISH has respected the fans’ emotions, the clubs pride and honor and showed us the path forward. Like Moses he is taking us to the destined land, the place where we belong, our rightful place. After such eventful 2 months, the biggest regret of my life is never watched King Kenny play live. The videos for me are never good as they never give the correct feeling of the atmosphere and the surrounding pressure on the players which makes a correct evaluation of the player easy.
The man has brought a feeling of security amongst players and fans. We as fans talk with emotion and about a brethren and love for the club. However, we had our disagreements over formations and players in the past. Now every discussion concludes with an initial statement similar to two young siblings in a trip with a tough decision to make – ‘Papa knows best’. Not many managers own that trust of the fans but KK has earned it and has not abused it like some managers where success got to them. I will not know the SHANKLY’s boot room but in this internet savvy world 21st century BOOT ROOM will be my familiar territory.
I have never known anyone in my life who has brought so much joy to so many people in 2 months. Even Gandhi took years to bring joy and Mother Teresa took time to heal the wounded souls of the less priviliged. However, one single comment from KK healed my wounds for I knew we had our messiah. We had the person who would march us to the sea coast to make our own success against the biased media and FA, who would take us in his heart once he wore the Gaffers jacket and take our feelings through to the soul of ANFIELD. I can associate his smile and joy to mine and hence can understand the Liverpool way even better.
THE KING IS BACK AND HE HAS TAKEN THE THRONE BUT DOES NOT HAVE THE CROWN YET. WE (fans) WHO LOVE OUR KING SHOULD HELP THE PLAYERS SNATCH THE CORWN FROM A WHISKEY NOSE AND PUT IT BACK ON THE HEAD OF THE RIGHTFUL HEIR. LETS GET STARTED ON SUNDAY WITH THE 3 POINTS AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR THE KING.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KING. I WISH YOU WERE 20 YEARS YOUNGER SO THAT I COULD WATCH YOU PLAY.
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