Liverpool Fans Ridiculously Call for the King's Head as They Dream of Yesterday

illya mclellan@illya mclellan @illbehaviorNZSenior Analyst IJanuary 4, 2012

Dalglish lives and breathes Liverpool.
Dalglish lives and breathes Liverpool.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

"Yesterday, all my troubles were so far away, now it seems as if they're here to stay, ohh I believe in yesterday ..."

This lyric, from a famous Beatles song, sums up a great deal of Liverpool's fanbase in such a fitting way that it is almost as if Liverpool's most famous musical export wrote it for them.

In the aftermath of Liverpool's loss to Manchester City, it has been all over the net, "fans" calling for the head of the very manager who has guided them into a new period of growth.

Why is it that Liverpool fans expect that a new manager will immediately win them trophies, even if said new manager is the very man who last guided the club to the Holy Grail that the top-flight English trophy has become for the once-mighty Reds?

Kenny Dalglish, or "King Kenny," came in last season and revitalized a sick giant.

Roy Hodgson had had his chance and was fired, replaced by the fellow who actually wanted the job before Hodgson took over.

Almost immediately the club's fortunes changed.

They shot up the table and were even looking as though they might squeak into a UEFA Champions League spot, although that proved a bridge to far after a quite abysmal start.

The new season started with great promise, though many were grumbling before a ball was even kicked about the signings Dalglish had made and the apparent "lack of quality" in the purchases.

Interestingly, this is a familiar refrain at Anfield most seasons, as Liverpool fans think that, due to their club's glorious history, they should have their pick of the talent available on the transfer market.

The fact is that Dalglish made do with what he could get and also persisted with Andy Carroll, a striker who was on fire at Newcastle before his transfer but for some reason cannot seem to score for the former European giants. The pressure on Carroll has been ridiculous, though, and it has shown in the young man's conversion rate.

At Newcastle United, he was a hometown hero, banging in goals for fun and exceeding expectations.

He has now found himself having to live up to the legend of players like John Aldridge, Ian Rush and, more recently, Fernando Torres, who all at one time or another were, quite simply, goal machines.

Apparently this is the fault of Dalglish and nothing to do with the fans who have to be the most fickle in the world of football these days.

Other signings that Dalglish has been panned for are those of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, who both had excellent seasons at their former clubs, though have recently found themselves at a club where you get about four minutes after signing before you are being said to be "not up to Liverpool standards."

What standards are those again?

Yesterday's standards.

Both of these players at times have played good games only to be panned in the aftermath.

Today, in fact, Downing was unlucky not to score after making an outstandingly incisive run, thanks to an excellent piece of keeping from Joe Hart, who is quite possibly one of the best stoppers on the planet.

Yet, on the message boards around the net, Downing has been savaged, and the chance said to have been easy!

Easy? Maybe on amateur level on FIFA, but not in the real world, folks.

Jordan Henderson has stopped getting so much of a hard time by the supporters. In truth, the other two have put in as good a shift, but the media and certain "fan" writers have decided to get on their backs because, as is the fashion in today's world, it is necessary to play the blame game.

After all, as they say, it has to be someone's fault.

Who brought them to the club?

"Dalglishit's his fault!" they scream, not realizing that Dalglish's return has been one of the best things to happen to Liverpool in the last few years.

Just like the famous Beatles' refrain that opened the article, Liverpool fans continue to pine for yesterday.

Like Paul McCartney pining for the years before he was famous, Liverpool fans pine for the years when they were the supporters of the best club in the land and on the continent, if not the world.

Sadly, the glory days ended long ago, and these "fans" never seem to give a manager a chance any more.

Rafa Benitez was utterly reviled by many Liverpool fans for changing the style of their play to the more conservative approach that eventually led to their winning the European Champions League for a fifth time. 

He is long gone now, however, and Dalglish's return has seen the Anfield side go back to a style far more reminiscent of past Liverpool sides.

Liverpool currently sit in sixth place, halfway through the season, during a rebuilding period, which is not at all bad by anyone's standards.

That is not good enough for certain ridiculous elements of the Liverpool "faithful," however, as there are now many with the temerity to call for the sacking of the very man who has steadied the ship, the very man who last won them top-division honors in the English game.

It makes one wonder whether Dalglish is sitting down right now listening to a certain old Beatles' number, wishing it would all just go away.


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