Ok, I’ll come clean. This isn’t so much a blog giving you the best football betting tips.
This is a catharthic cleansing of the emotions borne of twenty years of pent up frustration, rage, pity and living in your own personal hell where the modern day player will never achieve anything near what the ghosts of players past could achieve.
After being a small boy growing up on the exploits of Keegan and Toshack and living life vicariously through the likes of Steve McMahon, Kenny Dalglish and John Barnes the constant failure to come anywhere close to winning a Premier League title has wilted the soul. With every passing year the dagger is plunged just a little deeper. The pain is felt just that slightly more keener.
Respite has been few and far between. The horrible empty pit of the stomach feeling after Cantona drove a stake in our hearts in that FA Cup final. The glorious achievement of winning the European Cup for a fifth time. The League cup victory against Cardiff.
It is a remarkable change of fortunes that sees Manchester United sacking their manager after only nine months in charge and watching them sink beneath the Champions league places with such a whimper and yet in the same season Liverpool put together the sort of winning run that was last seen at the start to the ‘81 season when Liverpool took maximum points from the first ten games of the season.
Anyone who has but a passing interest in football knows that a football supporter is living the dream with their Idols. Running out in front of 45,000 passionate fans is something that only very talented and hardworking players manage to achieve. But watching them achieve it is a real thing of beauty.
Liverpool’s winning eleven game winning streak has taken them within three games of an unlikely first Premiership Trophy for twenty years. It has awoken the sleeping giant.
On Sunday thousands will line the streets to welcome the team bus about an hour before the match. Fans will line the streets with their flags and their scarves and their banners. The players will be lifted pre match like no other team in living memory.
This is the game that will surely decide whether Liverpool are up to the task of emulating the great teams of the past. This is the chance to exorcise those ghosts. This is the opportunity to claim a stake at the top table and give hope of dining in the company of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern for many a year to come.
Victory will surely be enough to get one hand on the title; Palace may be a difficult proposition away from home but Newcastle? Newcastle will visibly wilt in the face of such superior supporter power never mind what happens on the pitch.
As I wrote in the Manchester City pre match – if this is fate then this must be what it feels like. Chelsea are walking into a storm of hurricane proportions. They will know that they cannot win this game when their team bus arrives and they witness the Liverpool support thronging the streets. You’ll never walk alone will be sung like never before and the Kop will suck the life force from those players in blue.
It doesn’t help the Chelsea cause that Terry looks likely to miss this game along with Cech after the injuries suffered in last night’s European game, but even at full strength Chelsea will still not win this game and you can’t blame Mourinho for throwing in the towel and threatening to play a second team ahead of their return leg.
Chelsea will have to do their best “you shall not pass” impression if they are to get anything from this game but it won’t be enough. Liverpool will win this game convincingly. There can be no other result.
Chelsea are 4/1 at Skybet to win this game - £10 returns £50 Let's hope I lose my money.
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