For those who engage with me on twitter, you’ll know that I am a Liverpool FC supporter and have been for as long as I can remember. The last year or so has been difficult as a Reds fan, made worse by the way Roy Hodgson had us playing this season. Kenny Dalglish has come in as a caretaker coach to steady and re-focus the ship. Many of us are hoping that he carries on beyond this season and brings us the glory of old. There is something about being a Liverpool supporter; even when sitting on the other side of the world, one feels very much a part of the history and spirit of the team. I have just finished reading King Kenny’s book My Liverpool Home which aptly captures what the team means to so many. And, with today (January 31st, 2011) being the last day of the mid-season transfer window, Liverpool has been front and centre with what feels like the desertion of Fernando Torres to Chelsea for what is said to be £50million and now the arrival of Andy Carroll from Newcastle for supposedly a mind-boggling £35million as well as the signing of Uruguayan Luis Suarez from Ajax.
The day has been filled with much speculation and, as I write this, there are still a couple more hours left and, with the way the day has progressed, it is anybody’s guess where the bodies will lie when it hits midnight in the England. There has been much written about the pros and cons of these transfers for Liverpool. I won’t go into them. I truly believe that no one player is bigger than the club and the commitment from the new owners, New England Sports Ventures, gives me hope for the future. There seems to be a desire to build a team properly, from the ground up, bringing youth into the first team.
This clip, as well as the sight of the Kop in full voice at Anfield singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, always warms me. I felt the need to share. In memory of the Hillsborough 96.