It’s unbelievable how quick things can change.
There you were running after ice-cream trucks giving the hot summer sun zero respect, and here you are now checking out fan blogs in between breaks from work.
A shallower and less philosophic example, but a no less applicable one, would have to be the season that Liverpool had to endure this time around. Many a times this season have we come across make or break matches on which rested our entire season. I can remember us playing at least five “biggest games of the season” since the turn of the year.
The first was our loss at the hands of City in the League Cup final and the other four were our games home and away against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League. Now the thing is, competitions are all various forms of marathons. All the teams need to keep their foot on the gas throughout the entire length of the tournament for their effort to bear any fruit. All the good work that we did in the Capital One Cup this season, including our sublime 6-1 demolition of Southampton at St. Mary’s has gone to waste as we ultimately could not lift the trophy.
Similarly, all our good work in the Europa League, that includes our first ever victory over Manchester United in Europe and an inexplicably magical victory over Borussia Dortmund, will have gone to waste if we cannot beat Villareal in our next game.
I, like most Liverpool fans, was pretty pleased to see us being pitted against Villareal in the semis of the Europa League. It seemed like a much better prospect than having to play serial winners Sevilla and Ukranian powerhouse Shakhtar over two legs.
We headed into the game at El Madrigal with our tails up and after the drama that unfolded at Anfield in our latest European game, there were very few people who gave the Yellow Submarines much attention. After the game, however, Villareal, in true submarine fashion, managed to blow us out of the water with a killer blow from out of nowhere.
Simon Mignolet kept us in the game after pulling off a stellar save from Cedric Bakambu as we approached the end of regulation time, but there was nothing that he could do about the blistering counter attack that Adrian finished off in stoppage time.
I’m extremely worried about my team’s chances of overturning the deficit against Villareal on Thursday and the stuff I saw from the boys in the Swansea game has left me even more anxious. While Klopp chopped and changed the side quite a bit, he chose to give players like Sturridge, Lovren and Clyne the entire 90 minutes while Coutinho and Lucas played half the game.
Liverpool’s season was all sunshine and rainbows after the Dortmund comeback and successive victories over Bournemouth and Everton only stoked that fire even further. But here we are just seventeen days since that night at Anfield and with hardly any resemblance of ourselves from just a month ago and our season threatens to suffer a most ignominious end.