Preview and call to arms : LFC vs Zenit St. Petersburg (Thurs 21st Feb, 8.05pm)

Posted by Harinder on February 18, 2013, 03:02:31 PM

Are we ready to stand and be counted? Many a time in the annals of history, Liverpool FC has needed to reach towards the Kop and the rest of Anfield for its unfaltering and die hard support to provide the push to get over what others considered insurmountable challenges. Itís a not a new thing or something only there since Olympiakos in the 2004-2005 season. Itís been there many a time before and if you didnít know before, itís recognised by the club. Just take a look below. How many other teams do that? How many other teams have understood the value of when facing adversity or staring down into the deep abyss of defeat, it can rely on a voice so powerful that it can shake foundations? Look at what we can do. Look at what we can inspire. Look at what YOU have inspired.

Itís ok to be a little scared. Life would not be the rollercoaster it is if we simply went through it with everything being plain sailing. What is not ok is turning your back when the chips are down. That is cowardice. Nothing more nothing less. We are not those fans. They can be found ten a penny up and down the country as they knock another one out into the blogs needing pill enhancement adverts to line some coffers or tweet a bit more abuse as their following of symbiotic morons carry on with mutualistic irrelevance.

Just ask yourself this. When did you decide it was ok to be like that? If never then welcome to Liverpool Football Club and take pride in the fan that you are and the fan that you will go on to raise as a parent. If you think otherwise and believe that sheiks and oligarchs are the way forward for a soulless existence or sod the team/manager when we arenít winning then so be it. I donít need to change  your mind. I donít need to agree with your values.

Most importantly, Liverpool Football Club donít really need you. Those who care come to the forefront. They did so in 1989 and carried on against an establishment designed to break them and hide the truth. We know who won. They did so in 2005 when commentators in Istanbul wrote off the match as ďGame, well and truly overĒ, or journalists wrote ďCan they claw their way back? No chance, going on their dreadful first half performanceÖĒ. We know who won. They did so in 2010 when the fight against the cancers raged on and there was a need for real fans. We know who won.

There are calls for this to be a flag day. When did it stop becoming the norm? We talk of players not being arsed or not caring for the shirt on their back. Show the world we never stopped. Showing and being counted in your support is one thing. Not giving that support a voice is criminal. We are not in desperate times, these are not desperate measures. This is who we are. WE are Liverpool Football Club. WE are the fans of this club. WE have that ability to be the real twelfth man. If you donít believe that with every part of who you are then donít pretend your way through life as a die hard Liverpool fan because simply put you arenít. That may seem harsh but in the cold light of day when has this club been about numbers of fans? No. of twitter followers does not equal no. of real fans. There wasn't a twitter/social media need when the history of those images were being written. WE can help write the next one on Thursday.

We are 2-0 down on aggregate before we begin. At the end of the 90 minutes weíre either in the next round or not. Win, lose or draw Iím here for our team and our club becauseÖ

Öin the end, weíll always win.

Don't look at Zenit as something to fear. We have nothing to lose. They have done nothing to deserve the stature of being allowed to feel that they will win simply by turning up because we just might not. The more this is projected the more it allows them to make it a reality. This is a team that fall out with each other over someone elses wages. They have no right to be louder than us in our home ground. They have only the right to come and endure 90 minutes odd of what we are about and what we are really made of. Make them hear every single syllable such that it hits them like the hurricane Fabio Capello spoke of in 2001-2002

Oh. Simple formation for this match so no need to post one. 11 players on the pitch. Us all around. Someone who epitomised winning repeatedly said "We've just got to realise that if we stick together and believe in what we're doing, then we've got a better chance."

If you don't want to believe me then at least believe him.

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