Michael Mongie argues that fans are unable to truly believe in Liverpool as a result of the heartbreak of the 2013/14 season.
Liverpool has made a fantastic start to the 2016/17 Premier League season and sits fourth in the table. Only two points separate first placed Manchester City and Liverpool, with Arsenal and Spurs both snapping at the Manchester club’s heels.
The Reds’ start to the season has been marked, predominantly, by fast attacking football and loads of goals – Liverpool are joint first with Man City for goals scored, having plundered 18 goals in 7 games.
This electric start to the season is one of the best beginnings to a season that Liverpool has made since the 2013/14 campaign when Brendan Rodgers’ team were able to pick up 16 points from 17 games, just like this season. It’s quite eery how similar the starts are. 5 wins, one draw and one loss.
And yet, fans are still dealing with the hangover from the premature parties held that season. The 2013/14 season is one which, unfortunately, is remembered more for its cruel luck than the mesmerising football played.
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And fans are having to deal with that to this day.
The biggest indication of Liverpool’s inability to believe is when Jurgen Klopp arrived, one of the first things of note he said was that Liverpool fans needed to convert from “dreamers to believers.”
While there was a degree of this transformation shown last season in the marvellous Europa League campaign, it seems as though there is still a reluctance to build up any hopes for fear of being knocked back down which happened in Basel.
This stems back to the 2013/14 season and like any bad breakup, Liverpool fans have been left with a level of insecurity which doesn’t allow to consider realistically challenging for the league title.
Jurgen Klopp faces the uphill battle of simultaneously coaching his team to success and convincing his supporters they’re not damaged goods.
As Jordan Henderson told Liverpool’s official website after the Swansea game, “They were brilliant again.”
“Home and away they are always outstanding and they kept cheering even when we were 1-0 down. They got us over the line in the end and we managed to get the three points for them.”
This is what fans do for a team and Liverpool’s supporters need to realise that the Reds have a brilliant shot at the league title this season. With no European football and great strength in depth, what is stopping us?
It seems as though mentality could become an issue down the line but Jurgen Klopp is the best man to convince both players and supporters alike that they’re bigger and better than they are. Could this be the season Liverpool wins the Premier League for the first time in history?