By TTT Subscriber Anthony Stanley.
‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”’ – Audrey Hepburn.
I’m trying not to get too excited. I know what it does, you see, this excitement. It tends to end in disappointment.”It’s going be our year this year/next year” has become a cliché amongst rival supporters, something to goad Liverpool supporters with for their lofty, unrealistic expectations at this time of year.
So let me be very clear at the outset: it is improbable and unlikely that Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season. That may be, even for me, a stretch too far.
But it’s not impossible; stranger things have happened. Why can’t Liverpool at least challenge? And then, if you’re going to challenge, ask yourself this: why can’t you go on from there to win it?
I can feel something, a notion that is almost tangible; something is growing within me and within us as a fan base. It’s not hope – not quite – it’s something more than that. It’s this maddening itch at the back of my mind, refusing to be quashed by pragmatic discourse or the realisation that we need one of the powerful current top four, all wealthier than us, to slip up just to let us have a crack at the CL qualifying places.
I’ve had this feeling once before – in the summer of 2013. That’s the truth but I don’t believe that it’s a form of clairvoyance; rather it’s a collection of synapses in my neural ganglia, firing about my brain, unquantifiable, the sum of which gives me this crazy, expectant sensation that we’re on the cusp of something special.
I’m not one of the hipsters; I’m not part of the ‘in crowd’. I don’t sit on the fence or wax lyrical about the massive hurdles in Liverpool’s way; the grim realities of modern football and its money-driven nature. The more knowledgeable one is – in any walk of life – the greater tendency for pessimism. But I refuse to bow to that. I’ve said it before, many times, I’m in it to win it. I’m not worried about billionaires visiting vast swathes of cash on spoilt players. That’s not my concern. What concerns me is one thing and one thing only: Liverpool Football Club winning the league.
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