Thursday, September 28, 2006

On Shankly's 25th Anniversary.. I Would Like To Say...

Stop The Bandwagon Jumping

Aren't you people tired of hearing the press going on harping about how our manager, Rafael Benitez managed to go 93 games without settling for a side? So it took the press a whole 2 years to notice this trend and like 'wow, after 93 games, we finally saw the light!'. Now I should say if you're one of the people who goes on and on with THAT statistic, then you're just another of those bandwagon jumpers like 'KILL CRISTIANO RONALDO' and 'Lampard is the best player on earth'.

Yes he does chop and change a little too much sometimes, but hey, this is the man that brough the European bloody Cup back to Anfield after 20 years and the FA Cup plus FA Community Shield to boast about. Not enough? What about the titles he won over at Valencia, beating off competitions from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Do you people think that the Spanish League is like the Scottish League? Walk over every season? Yes, then don't judge our manager based on the number of games he went on without settling with a constant squad but rather looked at the glory he brought back for Liverpool and Valencia and of course, his age.

Rafa is a young manager and although he has experience, he's still pretty green compared to Sir Alex Ferguson, who is rather stale now. The rotation policy is like a belief that is imparted in the manager from young and what can you do to change it? It's as if you're saying Arsene Wenger should encourage his Arsenal side to hoof long ball up front. Is this the way things work?

Show some respect and of course know what he's doing. Don't jump on the media bandwagon about how we constantly chop and change and when results are bad, everyone starts to come out of the woodwork and attack Rafa. When things are nice and calm, they still complain about it. I'm certainly not a firm believer of this system, but he's our manager, so why not, show him some respect and give him our utmost support. You'll never know what he's about to do.

I hope this post make you eat your words and hang your head in shame.

I mean you, the media out there.

YNWA, Shanks !

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of our great former manager's death. Although I'm not that old to actually seen him in real life or seen the side he managed, but he will forever be the legend to all Liverpool fans. The way he impart the 'Liverpool spirit' and the culture he has brought to the club has made it past generations after generations and his legacy lives on till this day. We'll see you in heaven Shanks, You'll Never Walk Alone, as always and forever.

Quotes From Shankly:

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

[on boardroom politics]
"At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques."

[after beating Everton in 1971]
"Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I'd been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands, and cut a hole in the lid."

"If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing."

"Fire in your belly comes from pride and passion in wearing the red shirt. We don't need to motivate players because each of them is responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. The status of Liverpool's players keeps them motivated."

[Bill Shankly about the "This is Anfield" plaque]
"It's there to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against."

"Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool."

"Anything off the top?", asked a barber in 1968. "Aye, Everton", replied Shankly.

"If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains."

Those quotes made Mourinho looked rather silly, isn't it? They're witty one liners over at Wikiquote and you guys might be interested to know more.


louis` said...

yeah, i agree with you. we should support the manager that brought us glory and pride back in anfield with eurpoean cups etc. rotation system is not a bad thing, as long as you produce results. and i guess the media will definitely change their tone if liverpool is playing well with this system. that's how the football world works nowadays , isn't it?

hmmm. i was just thinking, you may post the comparision of steven gerrad and frank lampard? hmmm.. just a suggestion ..


Drogballs said...

Mass media means that they tend to make a mountain out of a molehill. It really isn't a HUGE problem like we're gonna be relegated but they tend to 'hold you up and then bring you down'.

Haha comparison in terms of stats you mean? I can do if you want :p

Drogballs said...

Mass media means that they tend to make a mountain out of a molehill. It really isn't a HUGE problem like we're gonna be relegated but they tend to 'hold you up and then bring you down'.

Haha comparison in terms of stats you mean? I can do if you want :p

louis` said...

hmmm .. you can do in terms of stats. in any way you want.. your opinions as well.. i'm sure you can do it your way.

i'm impressed with your entries. carry on.


elia said...

"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe that you are the best and then make sure that you are. In my time at Liverpool we always said we had the best two teams in Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves." Bill Shankly

that's my favorite one

Drogballs said...

Hey Louis, thanks for the compliment! Anyway that Gerrard vs Lampard thing is done to death and I don't think there's a need to 'compare' them with stats, just watch them play then you can tell who's better :p

Hey elia, Shanks does have a lot of great quotes and it's hard to pick which is the best because all of them are really good! Anyway he's the reason why we are where we are today.