A NEW BEGINNING

Hello, Anfield Family. Reds fans around the world have been making our seasons wishes for the club for a while now and getting Steven Gerrard a FA Cup winners medal was one of those wishes for most fans. Now we must say goodbye to our wishes, our dreams and eventually will say goodbye to Stevie G in the summer, as he has already made his decision to head over to America, to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He’ll leave without a medal from his last season at Liverpool and that really hurts, he should have been holding a winners medal as he left us.

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Fans made this banner just as soon as we had received the news and confirmation that Gerrard would not be staying at Liverpool for another season, which was shortly after contract negotiations with the club had broken down as he was reportedly only offered a single year extension to his current contract and turned it down. The announcement had been made, even by the player himself – “IT’S GERRARD’S LAST SEASON”. That inspired fans to want something important for Steven to have as he left us.

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Technically, Gerrard got to Wembley. Liverpool’s FA Cup Semi Final was played at Wembley, but what the fans REALLY meant was “Get Gerrard to the FA Cup Final”, which is usually played at Wembley. I’m certain the fans did not just want us to reach the Semis and then lose to Aston Villa.

Where do we go from here? What do we have left now? Well, amongst the several wishes Liverpool fans would have had for the club this season would have been “claim 4th place (in the Premier League) at least to qualify for Champions League football” and that’s still a hope we can hold onto, for now. It might just be the last real big thing we can achieve this season, after no longer being a part of the League cup, FA Cup or Champions League any more. Pressure will now be ON to achieve this, largely for the manager. He’ll be watched closely as we attempt to do this – with serious consequences if we fail, no doubt.

Liverpool’s owners will surely fire Brendan Rodgers if he does not manage to make sure that we will be competing in the Champions League next season. We’ve had a LONG list of disappointments this season and adding “NOT claiming 4th place and NOT qualifying for the Champions League” to the list will most likely be the last disappointment fans and the owners will take to bear. After that, we won’t want to keep him around. It’ll be time to replace our manager with somebody less disappointing.

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I’m sorry for the Reds fans who have to endure such disappointment in recent times. I’m already very sorry for Steven Gerrard and the fact that he hasn’t got much to show for his last season at Liverpool. I sincerely hope he chooses to remember the good times that came in previous seasons when he looks back on his career at our club instead of thinking “what did I win my last season? NOTHING”.

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He hasn’t gotten “nothing” from his time at Liverpool. I could talk for a very long time on Steven Gerrard’s achievements at Liverpool FC – with perhaps the biggest of all being his Champions League Final victory in Istanbul. He only has to think back to the 5th time Liverpool ever lifted the European Cup for his happy memories. That should mean more to him than what this season has provided for him.

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I have not wanted to speak out (negatively) against Brendan Rodgers until this point. Some people have been saying “Rodgers out!” for a long time but I was not one of them, I supported our manager. But there comes a point when you have to face some harsh truths and the fact that our manager could not deliver some of the expectations we had for the club is a VERY harsh truth. Once you’ve come to this realisation, the only thing left to do is openly admit that we probably should be finding someone who can deliver better results and appoint them as the new manager. I won’t list any names here, but there are suitable candidates out there who could start a new era at the club, build a new future and see where they can take us. It could soon be time for a new manager and a fresh start. A new beginning without Brendan Rodgers or Steven Gerrard. Some of you may agree with me. Some may disagree and still be so loyal to the manager that you think he should be given another chance, more time to figure out what went wrong and see if he can bring better times to the club. The fans will all have their say and the owners will have a decision to make on whether to bring in a new manager or not. Time will tell all, eventually. Which new beginning will we see and be a part of? I wonder.

Keep walking on through the wind and the rain, with hope in your hearts. Your Anfield Family is walking with you. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

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