If Premiership clubs were horses, you’d expect the owners of Liverpool Football Club to be paying a few unexpected visits to their yard to see how things were and perhaps ask, ‘just what the hell was going on?’
Liverpool are having a resurgence on the pitch, but at what cost? It’s unreasonable that Mr Dalglish be culpable for each and every indiscretion by his players. But the manner he backed the buck toothed twit Mr Suarez only served to undo a reputation he spent a lifetime earning.
I don’t want to get bogged down in the barrack room minutia that some Liverpool cranks have immersed themselves in about specifically was said, with what intonation etc etc . In this country we don’t tolerate racism, racist words, racist intonation, be it, ‘nigger’, ‘negrito’, or plain old, ‘blackie’. All of those terms suck and you just don’t do it. If you have any self respect, you don’t debate doing it either.
Mr Dalglish and the other Liverpool cranks who have pinned their colours to this particularly grubby little mast have not just embarrassed themselves, they’ve damaged their brand forever. How? By allowing the inherent frailty of being a Scouser contaminate a whole football club.
There is a dreadful and widespread victim culture on Merseyside. I’ve never encountered a part of the country where people are constantly feeling hard done by or looking for reasons why they ought to be.
Yes, Hillsborough and Heysel were both undoubtedly appalling, but that City was also major hub for the slave trade. It’s estimated that over 3 million Africans were shipped in by enterprising Liverpool traders. Three million people.
All I see going on in Liverpool is a few tourists scuttling about in a rather depressing little museum.
That City and that club need to urgently take a look at themselves. In 2010, Forbes Magazine placed them 6th most valuable football team in the world. That value trickles away like sand in an hourglass.