We all have days when there's been shit at the factory, you come home, throw your dinner on the floor in anger, and storm out of the house to leave your weeping wife to pick up the bits of broken crockery and lamb stew while you go and refresh youself with six pints of lager, and a healthy closing time rendition of "the Fields of Anfield Road".
And so must Rafa Benitez, on Saturday, as his team suffered a day at the factory not matched since they shut down the production line of "Frankie Says" T-shirts in 1985.
But Liverpool is a city that has always looked beyond, to far horizons, not inland, for its glory. From the very early days, when we realised we could enslave those African lads far easier than trying to get lads from the villages around Wigan to work for us, to the glory days of the 1960s under Saint Bill, who realised that "the Liverpool way" was enticing young players from as far away as Glasgow, Dublin and Scunthorpe to come and become Scousers, rather than toil away at their pitiful hometown clubs.
This year, the beacon of the European City of Culture shines bright above the Liver Birds. And what better way to celebrate it, than to remind Europe that Liverpool FC, in their pomp, are the greatest cultural and sporting achievement this continent has ever produced. From Dirk Kuyt - a Dutchman! - scuffing one in after eighty minutes, to Steven Gerrard performing his maestro "last minute screamer from thirty yards out" encore, as he has done so often on the world stage, tonight demonstrated once and for all to the opera-loving Milan fans, and a wider European audience, why Liverpool isn't just part of European football; Liverpool IS European football.
[ 19.02.2008, 23:02: Message edited by: Rogin the Armchair fan ]
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I'm hoping they don't qualify for Europe via either method, quite frankly. ...Just for a change, rather than for any specific hatred. However, I think it would be bloody amusing if Barnsley went on to win the Cup and so get into Europe totally legitimately, whilst Liverpool are left sat at home, watching them on TV.
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