It’s been rumoured in the press that Liverpool won’t be giving their all against Chelsea on Sunday. By taking points off the current league leaders, Liverpool could hand the title initiative to fierce rivals Manchester United.
Were that to happen, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side would have the chance to win their 19th title, and overtake Liverpool’s own English record of 18 wins.
It’s a sad state of affairs when the highlight of your team’s season could come through losing a game.
But after this season, this awful, awful season, Liverpool must not lie down and die against Chelsea.
A heartbreaking exit in the Europa League put the final nail in the coffin for 2009-10, and ended any chance of taking any glory out of this season.
After Diego Forlan scored to give Atletico Madrid the advantage on Thursday, Liverpool never looked like scoring. They looked, as they have too often this season, like they were out of ideas.
Too many players have underperformed. Not only that, they were key players. Chiefly, Steven Gerrard. Football Writers’ Association player of the year for 2009, he has struggled all season this time around.
Some fans have accused the players of not caring. The best message they could send would be going out and giving Chelsea one hell of a game. A fully committed performance, the sort of which they were used to seeing almost every week last season.
They might not win, but at this point, Liverpool essentially have two games to at least to show what they can do, and that they can be a great side again next year.
If Manchester United wins the league, it will be because they earned it. The best side always does. Liverpool should focus on their own matches, and not care about anyone else’s.
Roll on next season. Things can only get better!
Written By Sean Mullan