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When Liverpool hired Brendan Rodgers as their new manager it was widely understood that they did so with an eye on the future, but no one quite understood how much the club desired to control beyond the present.
Last week, the club's television channel announced that striker Luis Suarez had signed a new contract hours before the deal was officially announced. This came just a couple of weeks after NESN, a U.S. sports network owned by Anfield proprietors NESV, reported that Clint Dempsey was a Liverpool player despite, even now, still being on Fulham's books.
These reports were written off as erroneous by the majority of people, but another way of interpreting them is that Liverpool, desperate to get a firm grip on their own destiny after a turbulent few years, could in fact be attempting to control the future by simply stating their desired outcome as fact.
The next logical step is for them to announce a home victory over the Anfield PA when there is still 20 minutes on the clock, and even if they are losing at the time. Maybe follow that up by declaring a few star signings, or releasing information about record profits and, hey presto, it's theirs.
Noel Edmonds calls it cosmic ordering. Liverpool call it their fast lane back to the top.