Liverpool is all about winning trophies is often said by people connected to the club, for instance manager Brendan Rodgers. Well, Red fans hasn´t seen much of it in recent years so even if the talk is taken care of the walk isn´t. Time to, starting this season. We must pick up the FA Cup and get among the teams winning things regularly.
If you examine trophy haul Liverpool lead the pack in England. Through the years we have won 32 major trophies in these six tournaments: League, FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cupwinner´s Cup. Right behind us is Manchester United with 30 trophies.
But while our firece rivals has collected 13 major trophies in the last 15 seasons the Reds has only managed to get their hands on seven and that includes three League Cups, the least prestigious of the six trophies. Man Utd has on the other hand grabbed eight league titles since 1999/00 to our none.
Our record is even more dismal if you only take the last eight seasons into account. Then we have one single trophy to our name, the League Cup in 2012. That is not nearly good enough for a club of Liverpool´s stature. A regular influx of silverware is long overdue.
We came close to win the league last season, but missed out and finished second. Runners-up are not remembered for long so we must avoid a similar occurrence this season and make sure we do everything to triumph in the FA Cup. It could be the stepping stone we have been waiting for so long. Winning trophies breeds confidence and that makes teams stronger and better equipped to keep winning things. A platform has to be set and a victory against Arsenal, especially after our pitiful showing against them in the league, would be a groundbreaking first stride. But first we must overcome Aston Villa in the semifinal, another tough task. In the other semi Arsenal is big favourite to down Reading.
If Liverpool manage to be winners again on the 30th of May then perhaps a similar success story to the one Alex Ferguson had can emerge for Brendan Rodgers. Ferguson won the FA Cup in his fourth year as a boss at Man Utd and never looked back after that. Three years later he lead his team to the title and another twelve league wins in the following 19 seasons.
A FA Cup success could be the springboard for Brendan Rodgers, in his third season at the helm, to go and achieve corresponding great things for Liverpool. Let´s hope it pans out that way starting with a trophy in a few weeks so it´s possible to believe that:
We (Can) Go Again.