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Monday, 30 May 2011

Season Review: Liverpool 'Return of the King'

In the latest Season Review Garry Rendall takes a look back at Liverpool FC's turbulent season.

Summary of the season:
A season full of worry for any die hard Liverpool fan that started out with the club looking for new owners due to it's dire financial position. Luckily the club was bought by New England Sports Ventures in October to release it from the grip of comedy villains Tom Hicks and George Gillet. On the pitch it has been an up and down season with football patriarch Roy Hodgson at the helm at the start of the season even though interest in the management seat was high from current boss and club legend King Kenny. Having had a successful few seasons with Fulham, and having a CV as long as Peter Crouch, Hodgson seemed a good home grown choice in a league dominated by foreign managers. But on the terraces of Anfield the respected grandfather of the English game quickly became an asinine buffoon that started dropping points left, right and centre. He walked into the annuls of Liverpool Football Club history as the shortest serving manager the club has ever had and paved the way for the appointment of one of the greatest British footballers of all time. King Kenny turned the club around and showed a great business head when he sold El Nino to finance the signing of English footballs brightest striking prospect since Wayne Rooney in the form of Andy Carrol and Uruguayan wonderkid Luis Suarez. When taking into consideration and comparing the signings that Hodgson made (Joe Cole, Brad Jones, Paul Konchesky and Cristian Poulsen to name the lame ducks)  it boggles the mind how King Kenny wasn't first in line at the start of the season. I really mean no disrespect to Roy Hodgson I just believe the job was to big for him. 
King Kenny
High point:
The take over of the club was a huge step forward but I think that the contract given to Kenny Dalglish could be the best thing to happen to LFC for a long time.
Low point:
Three big results:
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2010, Carling Cup Liverpool 2-2 Northampton (penalties 2-4). Self Explanitory. 
  • Sunday, 3 October 2010, Barclays Premier League, Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool. Losing at Anfield to a lower team is never acceptable and Hodgson did it more than once. 
  • Sunday, 15 May 2011, Barclays Premier League Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham. Meant that we did not qualify for the Europa League. 

Player of the season/best signing:
Signing of the season has to be Luis Suarez but Andy Carroll and Danny Wilson (one for the future) come a close second and third.
Player of the season has to be Martin Skrtel, he played every game of the season and only picked up 8 yellow cards for his trouble. 
Worst player:
Knowing the quality he has and the surprise of his bit part career at Chelsea I thought that Joe Cole would have brought something to the table for the team but he continued his footballing exodus as he became a bit part player for the club. 
Where does the club go from here:
Its difficult to see where any club can go against the buying power of Chelsea and Man City but hopefully we can win something next year, FA or League Cup, other than that hopefully there will be a new exciting era under the new owners and new management team. Remember the only manager in the league who scares big Alex at Man U is King Kenny.

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