Was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam when you guys won the Eredivisie this year - went to some great parties!
I think Ajax and (previous) Liverpool sides have always had a kinship in playing beautiful football.
To stretch our analogy even further, I would say that beauty requires prettiness but also an element of power. Barcelona, for me, are a very pretty side but they lack power (Chelsea are the reverse which is why they dont generally play beautiful football either).
Part of Liverpool's success in the past has been marrying the power of an English side with the technical "prettiness" learned from the continent. I would say Ajax have done the same with their attacking play married to the total football philosophy. Sacchi's Milan are another example of a beautiful side - as are the current German team.
PS Your English is so good I thought it was your native tongue till you just pointed out it wasn't.
Imma stretch the comparison a bit.
I wouldnt say LFCs immense domination in the past wasnt so much based on the marriage of English football culture with continentel technical ability but the realization, or adoption, of a filosophy on how to properly play football at its highest level: total football. Michels realized it. Shankly did too. Cruijff understood it. So did Dalglish. Both Ajax and LFC have imo not performed to required standards in the last tweny odd years because this earlier "advantage", ie the innate superiority on the field of play, led both of these titans to rest on their laurels.
Sadly, domination on the field led to complacence and stagnation off the field. The introduction of the PL, in the case of lfc, and the Bosman ruling , in the case of Ajax, spelled disaster for us, those titans of football, whos main advantage over competitors had been a filosophical one, not an economic one. So twenty years pass and except for the occasional European succes ( Ajax 95, LFC 2005 ) both clubs have fallen from perennial competitors to occasionaly competing mostly because the backwardness of the board of directors/ financial directors /technical board / grande carrousel of managerial incompetence ( in the case of ajax i believe 12 in the last 14 years or so) failing to provide the first teams the means to be constantly competitive, not because of a faltering filosophy.
Ajax is still a relatively big club because its tradtional pillar besides total football is its youth system. The youth system covers up the massive incompetence surrounding almost all other aspects of the club. LFC is still a relatively big club because its traditional pillar besides total football is its support. The massive support LFC enjoys, the reverence of Shankly and his teachings are the only things that have kept LFC somewhat competitive whilst enduring chronic and endemic directorial incompetence.
And then, at almost exactly the same time, Dalglish and Cruijff return to "their clubs" to sorten out things. The Velvet Revolution organized by Cruijff in the last 18 or so months has most Ajax fans dreaming of glory yet again. He went comintern. He ruthlessely started purging all the old boys networks and all the incompetent managers. He has made Ajax believe again. And after an excruciating, previously unimaginable, wait of seven whole seasons without a eredivisie title we are on top again and have won succesive eredivisie titles with a young and exciting manager, Frank de Boer, who we are convinced will guide us to European glory again.
I think FSG will purge the directorial and organizational mediocrity out of LFC and i think Rodgers could do what de Boer did and lead LFC to 19 eventually, just not in his first season.
Im sorry about going off topic but im always amazed about the similarity between Lfc and Ajax. And offcourse, the similarity between Everton and Feyenoord.
Hmm just realized i just unwittingly applied Hegemonic Stability Theory to ajax/lfc history. It works i guess.