Musings From Afar – LFC Cash Boyle
I walked for an hour to find a bar showing the Liverpool vs City game in Marrakesh. With my minimal french, I managed to convince one bar owner that he needed to watch the two best attacking teams in England go hammer and tongs.
I don’t think he understood me, but I was so desperate that my frenzied face clearly scared him. So he switched on the TV, and we sat down with a Fanta each to watch what transpired to be an epic battle.
It’s important to highlight that the scoreline flattered City. Even with my neutral hat on (if I have one), Liverpool outclassed City and offered a definite blue print that can pollute the air of invincibility that has surrounded City.
And they did it without their talisman – Coutinho has gone and a statement win was required more than ever. We as Liverpool fans have become sadly accustomed to being synonymous with history, yet not being deemed able to fulfil player ambitions in the present. Torres, Suarez, Sterling and Coutinho – all these players have fostered their abilities in the comfortable bosom of Liverpool, but ultimately went to win silverware elsewhere. That stings. And yet now this departure has yielded positivity, with the hope that the remaining components can become stronger collectively despite losing a mercurial talent. The quality of player left is so much greater than when those other names departed. It feels possible that this Liverpool can have success with boosted coffers – £142 million in the bank and a trophy. That would be nice.
Money and trophies aside, the desire to secure this victory felt visceral – every player wanted it, and wanted it for Liverpool. My frenzied state lasted throughout the game and I left satisfied, albeit banned from L’tchine in downtown Marrakesh for being too over zealous. It’s phenomenal to be a Liverpool fan, and even better to be a fan of a club that has genuine staying power at the top table (even without Coutinho).