Liverpool’s military of fawning acolytes are hilarious at instances.
And none is funnier than former Anfield star, and present pundit Stan Collymore.
The Brummie burbler has excelled himself in Sunday’s Mirror Sport column by suggesting Kevin De Bruyne ought to depart Manchester Metropolis and head down the M62 to Liverpool.
The issue with analysing such feedback is figuring out whether or not they’re pushed by ignorance, conceitedness or are simply supposed as a groundless wind-up. Possibly an impotent mixture of all three, on this case.
The notion that Metropolis would even take into account promoting their star man to their largest rivals, when he has three years left on his contract, is preposterous.
It’s true that gamers maintain a number of energy as of late, and if they need a transfer away, they will pressure one, most of the time.
However De Bruyne and his agent are sensible sufficient to know that the Blues hierarchy would dig their heels on the prospect of promoting the good Belgian to Anfield.
Simply take into account the charge for a begin. Even in a contracted switch market, De Bruyne is price £140million-plus.
Allow us to not neglect that it was simply over 4 months in the past that Liverpool introduced they had been putting a few of their employees on furlough through the pandemic lockdown.
It was a despicable thought, getting the UK taxpayer to fund their very own workers whereas they continued to make income and pay big wages to star gamers.
They reversed the plan days later after a predictable outcry – and solely Liverpool would then be praised for backing away from an abomination, such is the mysterious maintain they appear to have on robust voices inside the recreation.
Having tried to avail themselves of a scheme supposed to stop companies plunging into poverty, to start out spending large cash on their squad can be a shame.
However Collymore romped on, regardless.
“Isn’t it time he examined himself” at Actual Madrid, Barcelona or Liverpool, he requested.
Clearly De Bruyne has NOT been testing himself at Metropolis, the place he has established himself as arguably one of the best midfielder on the planet, received two Premier League titles, 4 League Cups and an FA Cup in 5 years.
That is the place Stan’s argument turns into actually humorous.
He says that De Bruyne hasn’t performed for a “huge membership” as his former membership Chelsea and Metropolis include “B-grade expectations”.
So if Metropolis, probably the most profitable English membership of the final decade, have B-grade expectations, the place does that depart a membership with one league title in 30 years to their title?
Clearly, Liverpool are on the comeback beneath Jurgen Klopp, and had been worthy winners of the title.
However to counsel the expectations are better at Anfield than they’re at Metropolis is frivolous, smug nonsense.
It’s a self-feeding cycle of pretentious guff that overwhelms golf equipment after a interval of domination, equivalent to Liverpool had within the Seventies and Eighties.
United had it – and nonetheless have it in some quarters, regardless of the chilliness of actuality cooling their superiority advanced in recent times.
The examine on their infinite self-regard was completely illustrated by the picture of Metropolis gamers celebrating their sixth purpose at Previous Trafford in 2012, proper in entrance of that droll banner which proclaimed “Not Smug – Simply Higher”.
That lack of a capability to see the larger image led to the concept that it “means extra” at Liverpool, because the notorious advertising and marketing slogan went.
And it results in the entitled drivel of Collymore and different Liverpool mouthpieces, who assume “historical past” solely means “trophies” – and that soccer historical past solely started when their membership began to shine, which of their case was within the mid-Seventies.
Clearly Metropolis don’t have an honours board to match the Reds of both Manchester or Merseyside.
However they received the FA Cup – then seen because the prime trophy in England – earlier than Liverpool, and in doing so grew to become the primary Manchester membership to land any main prize.
They received a European trophy earlier than Liverpool, and the Scousers’ run of eight consecutive seasons within the second tier, within the 50s and 60s, is longer than the Blues have ever spent wallowing within the decrease reaches.
All of this exhibits how soccer is stressed and cyclical, and to make a judgment based mostly on the now, or the final 20 years, or the final 40 years, will ultimately turn into pointless.
In fact, Liverpool’s success since they resurrected beneath Invoice Shankly HAS elevated expectations, however Metropolis’s quick ahead march within the final ten years has finished precisely the identical.
The damage felt within the the squad, and the membership on the whole, at “solely” ending second, successful the League Cup and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, tells you concerning the expectations in east Manchester.
Collymore urges the Anfield hierachy to go for it, saying: “It’s solely nonsense if Liverpool don’t have the brass neck or the funds to go for it”.
Which suggests, to reply Stan’s query – A. It’s nonsense. And B. It’s nonsense.