NEW SEASON, NEW LIVERPOOL

Today (Saturday 16th August), the Premier League starts again. Liverpool won’t play until Sunday, but most of the rest of the league’s teams will get a head start on us as they will play their games a day earlier than the Reds.

Football fans around the world have been waiting for this day, counting down the days until the very first games of the new season. We’ve already been closely and keenly keeping an eye on the transfer market since the latest transfer window opened up on July 1st of this year. Players have come and gone and we’re still excited to see who might join our squads for the new season.

Until this August ends, it’s possible to see new faces and new potential Premier League stars becoming a part of our teams. Rumours have flown about like seagulls at the beach. Some very true and some, not so true. Others, blatantly a lot of RUBBISH that will never happen, made up just to entertain the fans and enable their hearts wishes as they receive a glimmer of hope that they’ll soon be watching their most wanted football stars in their favourite team colours. YEAH, RIGHT, not gonna happen!

These transfer windows can excite and frustrate me at the same time. I LOVE to hear that we are linked with spectacular footballers from around the world. IF it’s true and we will have a chance of actually signing them. The frustrating part is really that I fully understand and accept that not all transfer rumours are true and I have seen evidence of many rumours which are nothing more than speculation, they have no truth to them at all. “HOW and WHY do they get out there?” you may ask… Well, I’ll explain!

New seasons always bring new transfer rumours. It’s been happening for many years. This is not a new concept. I’ve seen it ALL before. “Liverpool are going to sign CRISTIANO RONALDO” (for example). OH REALLY? Show me the source. Provide for me a link that takes me to a reliable website that is mentioning this particular transfer please!

More often than not, there is only a link to a rival fan’s website that of course is entirely set up to drive Liverpool fans crazy by way of telling lies about who they’re likely to sign. I established who was reliable and who was not a long time ago (I know who I should be trusting and who I should not), but inexperienced fans can get far too excited about new potential signings, if they see the rumours put onto the internet.

A single site says “RONALDO TO LIVERPOOL” and before you know it, there’s a whole bunch of people INSTANTLY scrambling to get to their Facebook page so they can tell all their online friends about how Ronaldo will soon be a Liverpool player, with no thought to the validity or reliability of the website or the fact that none of the staff at Liverpool football club ever seem to have expressed interest in this player or mentioned that they are on the club’s transfer target list.

Shortly after being done getting frustrated with it, this kind of news can also make me laugh. “Ronaldo’s coming to Liverpool? HAHAHA! Tell me another joke, please.” At least I get a laugh out of it, even if there’s no truth to the crazy transfer rumours put out there.

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Liverpool’s first Premier League game will be against Southampton. We finished up the last of our friendlies with a 4-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund, with Sturridge, Lovren, Coutinho and Henderson all scoring against the Germans. We’ve really shown some strength and new players are already contributing to our teams efforts to show what we can do, including goalscoring and victory. I’m excited to see what the squad can do in more competitive games now that we will have both Premier league and Champions League games coming up, aswell as the regular cups Liverpool are always a part of (FA Cup and League Cup).

We really don’t need to worry too much about our first game. I will say it – Liverpool will win this one. Southampton have been selling lots of players- Liverpool alone have bought Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren off them. Man United also got Luke Shaw and their squad will look nothing like last season, we shouldn’t have a problem beating a new squad that has had very little time to get to know each other. Their new players won’t have figured out how to work together in competitive games yet and I think Liverpool can confidently beat them with little problem.

Sure, there’s always some pressure because fans always like to see Liverpool win at Anfield in their first home game of the new season. Starting “with a bang” is important for confidence not to mention “bragging rights”. Despite the fact that there’d still be 37 more Premier League games to play before all the teams will have their final position decided, many teams fans like to brag if they win on the first day of the season. It’s not uncommon to hear “we’re going to win the league”, even after just one victory! That makes me laugh, too.

I prefer to wait a while and see if my team is consistently winning many games before openly making claims of how we’ll win ANYTHING (the league or a cup). Christmas time is usually a good time to see who’s been doing well for a few months and who is likely to be challenging for the title later on in the season. If you wanna brag without looking like a fool that got over-excited about a single win, wait till Christmas time or the new year to start making your predictions about who will win all the competitions going on. At least then you can point out who’s been winning the most points and doing the best in much more than one game.

I hope you all enjoy seeing Liverpool back in action in the league again. I am happy to be able to see all the new faces – Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Javier Manquillo and now Alberto Moreno (a £12M deal has been agreed and is soon to be finalized, with official announcements to be made of his arrival at the club very soon).

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, REDS!

[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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