Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has unwilling and unwittingly admitted that problems are rife in the club. He has expressed agony at letting the chance to compete for the English Premier League slip through their fingers once again and has also sounded weary about the ongoing power-tussle at Anfield.
In the position we find ourselves now, fourth is the least that is acceptable. But we have bigger ambitions than that. The only way we can fulfil those ambitions is in the Champions League. And I am not going to pretend that even winning that trophy – and we are a long way away from it at the moment – will make up for the disappointment of the league campaign.
It’s sad so much of the club’s business has been conducted in public. The club I have grown up supporting always did its business behind closed doors, and that is what we have to get back to. It’s been a damaging situation for everyone.
Liverpool have never quite washed their dirty linens in public but in the wake of the George Gillett-Tom Hicks-Rafael Benitex circus, the club has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. And agonisingly for the club’s supporters, the club’s off pitch problems have seeped into the dressing room and the team too has slipped down the table. Liverpool might still be in the UEFA Champions League still season but they are fighting to qualify for the same competition next season.