In April of 1990, Liverpool won the league title with two games to spare, beating QPR 2-1 at Anfield.
The Liverpool class of 1989-90 was so focused that despite the fact that the league was sewn up by the 28th of April they still ensured that they won their last two games:-1-0 over Derby County and 6-1 away to Coventry City.
Fast forward to the end of the 2012 season and a tired, dispassionate Liverpool team crumbled to defeat away at Swansea. The loss to Swansea marked a series of results that have led to an un-enviable record- Liverpool's worst league form for eighteen years. The vultures had been circling over Anfield and eventually the Fenway Sports Group saw it fit to get rid of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool coach.
At the time Dalglish joined the club for his second spell, Liverpool was without doubt a club in big trouble. The same fans that wanted him to be fired at the close of the season were the same fans who chanted his name from the stands and from far and wide as the Reds stumbled to mediocre defeat after mediocre defeat under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson.
So pathetic was Liverpool under Roy that it was considered a 'victory' to narrowly lose to teams like Blackpool on the road.
"Today was a famous victory because we hadn't won more than once away in the whole of 2010. When you're down the bottom, and keep being reminded you're down the bottom, anxiety kicks in." said Hodgson after the narrow 1-0 win against a below average Bolton side.
Such was the apathy at Liverpool club at the time that a team that was once at the very pinnacle of the English game was now been consigned to fighting for mid-table obscurity.
January 8, 2011 was a pivotal time for the club and at the beginning of the club performed well quite obviously driven by the euphoria of having a manager onboard who had a distinguished career as a player, player-manager and manager.
However, it was just a matter of time before the fundamental flaws in the club that had been allowed to foment over the years began to manifest themselves.
A keen follower of the club will agree that the malaise at the club is not an overnight phenomenon. The club was slowly rotting away.
The sales of Javier Mascherano- once regarded as the greatest holding midfielder in the world, Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Djibril Cisse, Fernando Torres, Peter Crouch, Albert Riera, Jermaine Pennant, John Arne Riise, Harry Kewel and Alvaro Arbeloa without getting effective replacements was always going to cripple the club.
The reign of George Gillett and Tom Hicks and their acrimonious parting of ways threatened to tear the club apart and inflicted a ton of damage.
Rome was not built in a day. While you may not agree with all of Dalglish's decisions many believed he was the man for the job. Save for a few games this past season it was clearly evident that there has been a marked improvement in the kind of football that the club now plays.
A few of the games that the club lost this past season (the deflating loss to Arsenal at Anfield) were cases of Liverpool dominating for most of the game but lacked the killer instinct to wrap up games.
The key lies in rebuilding the club during this transitional phase. Quality additions need to be made. FSG's decision to select a new technical bench has to be respected, but the technical bench has to be given breathing space and time to mold these players into a formidable working unit.
Now that the club has decided to settle on Brendan Rodgers he ought to be given time to stamp his mark on the club. The new coach is eager to turn round the fortunes of Liverpool and his unbridled enthusiasm and footballing philosophy bodes well for the club.
Liverpool and its fans must hold on to the stirring words of the Kop anthem:
"When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone"
The club is in the midst of a savage storm, but just like all storms the torrent will pass and the sun will shine.
The words of Bill Shankly ring true at this time- "If you can't support us when we lose or draw do not support us when we win."
Liverpool football club will rise again.690991