Before culling through their players ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline in the game of divide and conquer, Liverpool FC had exhibited more diligence than any other club to pull themselves together and prove they still subsisted since the start of last year’s 2010 – 2011 Premier League season.

As if caught inside the virtual world of a video game, the team had to dodge obstacles from poor management to impenetrable opposition until they leveled up their mission with the arrival of game controller Kenny Dalglish.

Missing out on the Champions League this year had to hurt, and was the result of their own version of regional lockout.  But the good news is that some game pieces have been replaced in the shapes of Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez (and with one faulty recall called Steven Gerrard who is about to be fixed.)

Bellamy’s return ushers in more than the liminal state of his past existence at Anfield (his off-the-pitch rages mixed with his on-the-pitch short-lived scoring tear) but the same nostalgia and loyalty that brought Dalglish back.  It’s hard to fake dedication.

Quoted from the Daily Mail, Bellamy reflected that “Liverpool, I supported as a kid.  It’s great to see Dalglish there now, that’s given me a boost.”

Then there’s the Suarez and Carroll platform which allows the game to operate optimally.

Like an army of two, the strikers were recruited to land Liverpool a finish in the top four.  With previous top spot clubs like Chelsea, whose concern amongst fans is their aging players, and Arsenal, whose concern amongst fans is their aging manager, the feat to defeat seems more plausible with each weekly match.  If any striker could avert the force and maneuver around the opponent’s defense, it is the Red’s new no. 7.

As within the definition of any core game, football is measured by its intensity, and revolves around titles.

Hopefully there won’t be any glitches to dis-console us.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Previous articleFC Barcelona: Fabregas’s Exit out of Arsenal and Why Club Contracts Are Broken
Next articleCan Wolfsburg find their form?
I am a freelance journalist from New York City. My published football articles and literary essays have appeared in many magazines such as the Bleacher Report, Tribalfootball, Cincinnati Review, Evergreen Review, Portland Review, Seattle Review and also have been syndicated to other newspapers. Although most of my published work is literary, I exhibit a great passion to write about the beautiful game. I admit I love the giants of the football world: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and any other team that knows how to win. Currently, I live and write in Switzerland.


  1. Like the post, good analogy. And I agree with your optimism regarding our attacking line up of Surez, Carroll, Bellamy, Gerrard, and (even though not mentioned:) Kuyt.

    I am excited about the players the club now has, and the players it does NOT have. I am hopeful that each transfer window will be similar, with shrewd purchases and swift sells, no messing about. You are either in to do a job, or you are out. Competition for places should be high which means us fans should be watching some great football.

    I must disagree with you lfcchrish regarding Bellamy, I think you are way off the mark and wrong only to remember the golf club incident with Riise (one of my all time favorite players), it was widely misreported and sensationalized. If you read the accounts from the players there was a flare up over some singing and feelings were hurt on both sides but it was pretty stupid in the end.

    Anyways, lets see how Bellamy performs. He did well at each of the other clubs he has been at since Liverpool, which is a good sign (he did pretty great for Celtic). If he fits he’s in, if he doesn’t, he’s out, simple as that. Which is comforting, don’t you agree?

  2. I’m really not happy about Bellamy coming back. Like a lot of fans, I only remember Bellamy for hitting Riise with a golf club over an incident regarding karaoke of all things. Lets get down to the core of it, Bellamy did not care about Liverpool until he figured out that Manchester City did not need him at all. Liverpool are a club on the rise again, and Bellamy wants a second chance at it, not to make wrongs right, not to make Liverpool proud, but because like every footballer, he wants to win something. This can be noted by the amount of times Bellamy refers to this club being his ‘childhood’ club. It’s almost as though he is trying to convince himself that Liverpool is his club.

    But, for those like myself who fear Bellamy’s return, you can hold onto some shred of hope, because I have a theory. For the first time in a decade or so now, Alex Ferguson has not commented on our new manager. Ferguson may have won all the trophies you can win, but regardless, Dalglish holds the upper hand and Ferguson wouldn’t dare comment on him. Dalglish is more than a manager who used to manage and play at the club sublimely all those years ago. You can see players have responded to Dalglish’s return. Nobody at the club can claim more than Dalglish can, and for that reason, there isn’t a player who would even think of passing a bad word about him, lest he invite the wrath of his fellow squad mates and the whole of Liverpool, as well as the many dedicated fans abroad. To wrap this theory up, Bellamy should be kept in check this time around, because Dalglish will have the power and influence to keep him on his chain.

    So golf clubs away Bellamy, save all that ferocity for the pitch, and lets hope your return more successful than Robbie Fowler’s was.

Comments are closed.