9 reasons why everyone hates… Liverpool
Please note: Other teams have had the return treatment too, so no, we aren't just picking on you (calm down, calm down etc). Oh, and the below doesn't necessarily represent the views of FourFourTwo…
1. Their fans are fixated on the past
Anyone with a Liverpool-supporting friend will be familiar with the accomplishments of the great Bill Shankly, as lectures in ancient history and sonnets to a bygone age happen to be their specialty.
Reds fans have more tales of past exploits in their repertoire than Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses, boasts that become increasingly sitcom-worthy with every season of underachievement.
Liverpool may have been England’s biggest trophy hoarders during the glistening Shankly and Paisley eras, but the barstool history lessons are difficult to stomach when the last decade tells a story more about lost bottle than cup success.
With Roberto Firmino having racked up more points on his driving licence in 2017 than Jurgen Klopp’s charges have managed in the league, no doubt we haven’t heard the last tired ode to Shankly, Paisley and the so-called Miracle of Istanbul.
2. They’ve got a pretty deluded view of the present too
There has been a seismic shift in the balance of power since Liverpool last won England’s top division (in 1990) – but trying telling that to Reds loyalists.
Since Liverpool won the title, Peter Schmeichel has signed for Manchester United, lifted the coveted trophy five times, retired and fathered a son, who has in turn gone on to win the Premier League with current champions Leicester
To put it in perspective, Peter Schmeichel has signed for Manchester United, lifted the coveted trophy five times, retired and fathered a son, who has in turn gone on to win the Premier League with current champions Leicester since then.
Why Liverpool have failed to top the pile in more than two-and-a-half decades is a complex question, but a bigger mystery is why their fanbase, season after season, expects them to. Every campaign it’s the same story – the Reds string a few wins together and Anfield Road is abuzz with whispers of ‘it’s our year’.
No one can deny the history Liverpool fans are obsessed with is illustrious, but the club’s past achievements have fostered a sense of entitlement among its current crop of supporters. What a brazen attitude for a club that has fewer Premier League titles to its name than Blackburn or Leicester.
3. Fluke is their forte
It’s appropriate that Liverpool play in Satan’s red because the team has always had the luck of the devil, and it usually comes into play in crucial games.
Nothing sums this up like the Reds’ Champions League success of 2005, the year a rather ordinary side lifted club football’s most coveted prize with the help of sheer fluke.
The road to Istanbul was paved with good fortune for Rafa Benitez’s men. After scraping through the group stage on goal difference, they reached the final thanks to a Luis Garcia ghost goal that will haunt Chelsea for eternity, and went on to win the trophy under contentious circumstances.
The planets aligned for the Reds that night in Turkey. A complacent second-half showing from Milan, combined with a Steven Gerrard dive in the area and shootout blunder from Andriy Shevchenko, helped a team who could only manage a fifth-place Premier League finish by virtue of a better goal tally than Bolton achieve a feat which truly flattered them.