How To Recognise The Start Of Decline And How To Avoid It

How To Recognise The Start Of Decline And How To Avoid It
October 6, 2020 Chris Rowland

 

Written by TTT Subscriber Bob Pearce.

As the 2019/20 season finally reached a conclusion, Liverpool FC stood on top of the world with arguably the best playing squad, coaching and recruitment staff, and administrators and ownership in the world.

As the 2020/21 season begins, fans and pundits will begin to speculate about whether Liverpool FC have reached the peak (that defeat at Villa Park will only accelerate that process – Ed). Will they maintain their superiority? Could they continue to ascend to higher peaks? Or will we see them descend to rejoin what had been a distant chasing pack? My mate will say, social media will reckon, ex-players will suggest and journalists will explain.

So how would you know?

Some will simply judge from one result to the next. So how would you know intuition from outrage? Some could look past the results and judge from one performance to the next. So how would you know a mystic from a neurotic? Some could look past the results and performances, and judge from one big data trend to the next. So how would you know a blip from a dip?

It is not my intention to go drizzling on anybody’s parade here. I’m looking for some reliable indicators that would help us to distinguish between some click baiting ‘Wolf’ crying boy and an actual big bad wolf, with big scary teeth.

So how would you know?

I’m not looking for a reassuring answer today, that could be worthless tomorrow. I want us to be asking more reassuring questions. I want to start a different conversation that may be a more reliable way for us to judge where Liverpool FC stand today, tomorrow, next week, next season, and for seasons to come.

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