Who would’ve imagined that the day will come when Liverpool Football Club’s fans will rely on their city rivals, Everton Football Club to do them one of the greatest favours of their lives.
But the day did come, but as with most conditions where one will depend on another for a lifeline, Everton failed to deliver, despite all of their good intention and effort, especially seeing that a win today would’ve kept them in contention for fourth place with a chance of making it into Europe’s most prestigious, next season.
So like any good fan and supporter of a football club will do, I stayed glued in front of the TV to watch a game which hitherto would’ve been of little or no concern to me or to any Liverpool fan for that matter years back or even earlier this season under different circumstances, and even if so would’ve been such that we’d be looking forward to a loss for our less fancied neighbours or at best a draw to douse Manchester City’s ascendancy.
But this was different. Having lost scandalously to Chelsea last weekend, and in so doing thrown the title race open once again, we had looked up to Everton to do the needful by beating Manchester City, and benefitting both our objectives. Everton was at home, and the records favoured them.
Liverpool has the monopoly and has enjoyed the monopoly of breaking the heart of it’s fans. We have endured such heartbreaks before and worse still, during the MIRACLE OF ISTANBUL in 2005, which was itself a match in which all of the forms and kinds of emotions were freely displayed and exhibited to extremes by distraught fans, before luck finally smiled on us in the most cataclysmic of ways, and then thereafter to date. It appears like Everton were outsourced by Liverpool to break our hearts today, and they very much succeeded in so doing.
In placing our hopes solely on Everton we underestimated the other two teams yet to have Manchester City, and disrespected our last two games as walkovers. Let us now hope that those we overlooked will do us an unlikely favour, while treating our opponents with utmost respect in victory to clinch our most coveted title in 24 years or if not bask in the euphoria of our humble achievements this season and work to be better the next.
I know many Liverpool fans will hate to say “deja vu” at the end of the season, for we have been here before, but if we will get to say it again, then I’m sure we have the requisite pericardium to absorb yet another shock and doze of disappointment.
Most significantly, it is important to take to heart the lesson that we learnt today, which is that- No One Can Do A Better Job Of Saving You, Than You!
We are LIVERPOOL F. C., thick-skinned, and we NEVER WALK ALONE!