We've spent long enough now outside of the elite European competition for it to be a smart move to prioritise qualifying for it above trophies like the Carling Cup, at least for a season or so. If we have the means (i.e. the squad) to challenge on all fronts, then of course we'll do that, because we want to keep adding to our trophy cabinet. But if it entails falling away in the league as we focus all our energies on winning the domestic cups, then it's not a very clever thing to be doing season after season. There are limited resources here, and you have an opportunity to significantly improve that situation simply by competing in the Champions League, in a way that the Carling or even FA Cup will not help.
I want us to win more FA Cups, and Carling Cups, but I don't want us to become a domestic cup side, where those become our primary targets each season because we inwardly acknowledge we've fallen so far off the pace of the league frontrunners.
We seem to be bending over backwards here trying to dismiss the importance of our future involvement in something which quite clearly can be a serious attraction for top players, can increase transfer funds, can greatly help us to retain our most talented players who may feel their career stagnating here, and can keep us pushing toward 1st place in the league.
No one here who is suggesting finishing in the top 4 is of great importance to the club right now is saying they are satisfied to remain at that level once it is achieved. We get in there first, and then we push on, always aiming to finish as high as we possibly can. Once we have been able to assemble a truly competitive squad of players with the rewards of getting ourselves back among the established European elite, then we can be looking to smash all the cups again without shooting ourselves in the foot, league-wise. At the moment, something has to give with the fixture schedule and our comparitively small pool of players of genuine quality.
Please no one call me or fans with similar outlooks a shit supporter or an imbecile for honestly feeling this way at this moment in time. It's just an opinion. I certainly did not agree with the sacking of Kenny, and I have a hell of a lot of doubts now regarding our owners, but I feel whoever was in charge would be doing the right thing by setting league places 1-4 as a target range now. Aiming for 1st is madly optimistic, but it's what LFC playing in the premier league's all about, so we should always keep that spirit alive; 4th is a good bar to set so as not to remain complacent and resigned to our 6th-8th status. It shouldn't mean a good manager is fucked off immediately if they fall short for a season or 2, that's a daft way of running things. But it's a very sensible target, because the practical rewards can be so great.
The simplest point is, as much as we enjoyed ending our trophy drought, winning Carling Cups will do very little to get Liverpool beating the other big boys to the league title any time in the next 20 years. It patently did not 'engender a winning mentality'.