really a shockingly good bit of writing, and I really wish that one could be assured that Henry and his mates would read it. Perhaps one can tweet the link at him or the wife, who seems very nice, I don't know how these things work.
I suppose that I'd hope whoever comes in would be successful and that as soon as they have their own position solid, Kenny gets invited back to the board, though I'm grasping at straws here, I realise.
I keep asking people on here, (usually the foreign fans that, as E2k points out, are now as equally valued as time-served reds) why it is that they support Liverpool as opposed to some other club: Chelsea, Arsenal, City or even Barcelona or Madrid or Juventus (not Manchester united or Everton, of course, that's obvious). I ask them what it is they support if not the values established by Shankly, Paisley, Dalglish, (and perhaps in modern football, Benitez) or the city of Liverpool and environs, people and culture. If you take any of those away, what have you got left. A red shirt, a name, a badge, a number of temporary players who, no matter how they are treated, are likely to head off, and who care more for trophies than for immortality, which I can't get my head around and which I bet one Fernando Torres now has, far too late, begun to understand (someone, at the time Gerrard was flirting with Chelsea, wrote a fine piece on here asking who would he rather be, Baresi or...? I can't even remember who the other nomark was). Maybe you've got a manager, though it appears that without reaching the top 4, he's not likely to stay around another year, even if fundamental to the fabric of the club (see two of our three most recent). Or ourselves? Good nights at Anfield ever rarer, songs ever more vanilla, support ever more contingent as E2K points out.
So what is left? What do you support? (serious question) For me, the red shirt and the badge are being emptied of all their cultural attachment, they are becoming even for many of us older fans who watched Kenny play (and could he play... what a fucking privilege that was) what I think they are for many new fans, what the academics call (sorry, I'm one of them gits myself) empty cultural signifiers, not longer attached to any meaning other than the generic premier league, modern consumption/spectator model based football where fans are fungible (nice one!) and no different from team to team, controlled (you will now listen to the premier league anthem, you will now sing your own anthem along to the PA, you will now listen while they sing their anthem along to the PA, you will now all sing the national anthem) and harvested (time for another replica shirt lads).
It was well put above, you know a lesser bond when you've experienced a greater one. I support Liverpool we all say. But what is it you support, and why?