There are quite a few strands to this issue aren't there?
It doesn't help when past greats like Whelan, Lawrenson, Molby, Hansen, Aldo come out with bollocks - some clearly with an agenda to oust the last manager, some just misguided/not very bright.
Leading on from this, fed by this, are the half-wit journos who spout popular myths...and again, those who are briefed by club insiders.....which leads to
.....club officials who didn't know Jack about football, replacing the best manager in 20 years with one who isn't a top club manager, but who had the backing of the senior English players. How influential SG and JC were in this process is very much an open wound, and people who think player power doesn't exist especially in times of a leadership vacuum are being in my opinion very naive. Perhaps the seeds for fan division, and people questioning 'is this TLW?' began when fuckers wearing our shirt played 'pass the coin' games during matches, and sporting white Armani suits, instead of green fucking combats that should have been representative of their attitude that day.
All the while, there were some fans ringing-up radio call-ins, writing 'manager out' letters and posting the same shit on here without any fucking logic to back it up. I said on here a while back I couldn't remember one logical argument for getting Rafa out and naming a better/equivalent replacement. Not one. Why do people air their unfounded views like this; don't they realise they sound like a dick, even if they are towing the populist line? This then descended into the 'rafa love-in'. Er...well, if there are no better options than sticking with the current captain at the helm during a hurricane, then I'd you know, stick with the current fella. It's common sense - something almost universally lacking in the media and ex-players. Jason McAteer and Thommo, Barnes and Kenny - whilst I don't agree with everything they say - don't tend to come out with made-up shite like the others.
The good thing about Liverpool is that you couldn't used to pull the wool over peoples eyes - not militancy for the sake of it, just refreshing honesty. It often seems now people want their opinion to be in line with everyone else because they are a sheep, or they just cannot be arsed getting-up for the game/singing. I do manage to get to a few games every season (more aways in the recent past) and the number of fellas who just moan like fuck for the whole fucking game, shouting stupid shite while their tiny-cocked chums giggle with glee is a fucking embarassment. Mate, if you have to stuff your face and walk out the game every twenty fucking minutes get a big enough sausage fucking roll to keep yourself quiet, if they make one that big.
All is not lost though, nowhere near it. The fight was fought to oust the last owners and it worked; helped mostly by their own incompetence it has to be said. Following on from Moores who couldn't use Google because he can't turn a PC on, and took George's word for it that Tom was a good guy. And Rick Parry fucking-up transfers. Actually, when you think about it, it's an absolute fucking miracle we haven't joined the list of casualties like Leeds and Forest. You can be sure if we do, the only times you'll hear from those partly culpable will be things like the 'It wasn't my fault' letter from good old Davy Moores.
So you can see, we can't trust the (ex)-board, the players, the ex-players - who does that leave us with?
...wait for it...the supporters. It doesn't matter that some love Babel, whilst some think he's lousy; that people sing Kuyt's praises yet others think he's a slow workhouse with no first touch. These are great debates and should never end, otherwise it would be easy to list a top five of all time players; opinions are a main part of the fun. But it does fucking matter if; (i) we have owners bleeding us dry; (ii) it does fucking matter if we have a manager cocooned from criticism by his mates, twisting facts, pissing-off and on players, detached from the fans and indulging in revisionism of what was our best recent years - some may be stupid and easily led, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. And; (iii) no-one, no-one player, is now or ever will be bigger than Liverpool Football Club - legends are best respected by putting them out to grass long before they become a shadow of their former selves.
It's my opinion we have made a good start on the first point, but need to finish the job on (ii) and (iii) before we can wipe the slate clean and fight again.