With the massive advent of social media and all the information available to be had almost ‘as it happens’, everyone and their dog has a direct tap into what is happening almost as instantly as it happens. The only drawback to this is that often it hasn’t actually happened or hasn’t actually been said, at least not necessarily in the context in which it is presented. As I was growing up there used to be a saying, “Don’t believe everything you read in the papers” and this should be as applicable to social media forums as it was to the heyday of the newspapers it was referring to. Undiscerning recipients of these torrents of information are all to often found to take these media gems as ‘gospel truth’ and, on the back of this, feel the instant need to express their opinions from the comfort of their bedrooms or sofas without so much as even stopping to question the source or the individual they got it from.
This brings me on to the application of this scenario to our beloved Liverpool FC…
The point is, in essence, that people need to stop venting ‘armchair management’ points of view to all and sundry and at every opportunity. Can we just please just get on with the main task at hand, which is to start believing in (and supporting) our Club, our Manager and our Players without feeling a constant need to question hypotheses (Dictionary Definition – ‘a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation’.) such as ,
“What are we going to do if Alisson gets injured against Brighton and Mignolet is so upset that he can’t face standing in for him?” or,
“What happens if Naby trips over on his way into Melwood and develops a pathological aversion to the Main Entrance in two and a half week’s time?”
During the closed-season Liverpool have done some incredible business in bringing in players totally designed to address deficiencies in last season’s setup. There is also the long-anticipated arrival of Naby Keita, which was actually sorted out 347 years ago (it feels like!!). We now take to the field of play with a side that has a spine to rival that of Godzilla and with more than adequate replacements for each of these players in those sitting on the bench. I see NO reason to carry any doubt or worry with us into the coming season, given all the summer activity and the obvious behind-the-scenes tweaking at the Training Ground and not forgetting two jobs very well done already in the shape of West Ham and Palace (6 for us – 0 against).
With everyone fit and the Team doing it’s job, just sit back and enjoy the ride for what it is. Try to avoid looking for things that MIGHT go wrong but HAVEN’T. We will lose matches (not too many, hopefully!) and we will be ‘under – par’ on occasion but hey, THIS IS FOOTBALL and as long as the season pans out with a degree of success (and it will) then we should all be happy. All present evidence is pointing toward Liverpool having a more successful season than we did last year. This, to me, points toward an even more exciting roller-coaster ride and that can only be a good thing. Strap yerselves in, open yer eyes and enjoy that ride!!
Rap signing out… XX