Yeah yeah yeah, this team has issues, this team isn't perfect, the last two games were not great. Thank you for pointing it out. But if you want to act as if you're "just being realistic" by telling us the obvious, then what about getting a bit of perspective? Truth is the vast majority of LFC fans are acting like sad, "scarred for life" entitled tw*ts who, despite never having been in this situation before, keep mentioning past failures instead of trying to focus on what we've been doing different - and realise we've never been in this position before, and being positive here is not just wishful thinking.
In the last 27 years or so we've been runners-up 3 times. In 2001/02, we last had the lead in the 17th round - that is, mid-December, and never recovered. By the 25th round (where we are now), we were 4th. Until very late in the season, the title race was actually between Arsenal and Man Utd; we only got ourselves in between them in the final weeks. But hey, Neil from Dublin writes on twitter that he still has nightmares about how we "bottled under pressure" with Houllier. Such a nightmare. He can hardly sleep.
In 2008/09, we held a single point lead for about 4 weeks and lost it by the 21st round. By the 25th, we were 5 points behind the leaders. By the 27th, we would be 10 points behind and later would celebrate late goals that kept the distance in 4 points as that awoke our hopes. But Garreth from St Helens writes in the BBC comments section that he still can't get over the way we "crumbled under pressure" with Rafa.
In 2013/14, we were 4th by now and would hold a lead for two rounds after an unlikely 11-wins run that would end abruptly. The run was always unlikely to continue and extend to a 14-wins run, which is what we would have needed for the title. But Jack from Melbourne writes on Facebook that he can't bear watching our games for fear it's "happening again" just like 2014.
From 1992 to 2001 we never truly got very close. Same for 2003 to 2008, 2010 to 2013, 2015 up until last season. So this is it, about 27 seasons and in only three we had slightly familiar circumstances which are not truly that similar.
This season, we got the lead in the 16th round of the Premier League. We've held to it for 9 rounds so far which already is without precedent and I have every faith that come the end of the 26th, we'll have beaten Bournemouth and will still be top as well. It's only natural that this won't be an easy ride and any team will suffer with the amount of injures we have had recently. It sure as hell isn't because of a backup right back I had almost forgotten existed or because of a single player you may want to pick as the scapegoat.
Then you got the same people who told us that there was no way Man City would lose points to Newcastle or Crystal Palace saying with total certainty that they'll beat not just Everton but also Chelsea. If your way of coping with anxiety is by always thinking of the worst case scenario then go ahead, do it, but I'll reserve myself the right to think you're all acting as self-pitying panicky little girls. Grow some balls, have some faith. Change that defeatist mentality you're using as a way to protect your oh-so-hurt feelings because you think "we've been here before", when in fact we haven't.
Look, I know whatever is written on a football forum won't impact on how our players perform, but the issue for me is that this same mentality is found around nearly the whole fan base everywhere, including the nervousness and anxiety that is palpable in the stadium. We've got a team that has got us to where not any other has done before. IKIT.
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