The transfer window has closed and the international stars are on their way back to Melwood as Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson finally gets to see exactly what he’ll be working with for – for the next few months at least. Perhaps his first task is to work out what the expectations are and whether they are achievable.
At Anfield the expectations aren’t always set by what’s in front of the manager, but by what went before. “18 league titles and 5 European Cups” – it’s a phrase that’s built into the design of the club’s official website but it’s not meant to be set in stone, virtual or otherwise. The numbers in the phrase are supposed to increase. And they were also meant to always be higher numbers than some other team down the East Lancs might use on their website.
The second of the two numbers can’t possibly increase this season; nobody really expects the first one to either. But that won’t be the case for long – Liverpool fans have tasted success and whether that’s limited mainly to Istanbul and Cardiff for the younger fans or the sustained years of glory for the older fans they all want more of it.
There’s always a worry that one day the success will dry up completely, that there won’t be any more great memories of games that get referred to by the city they took place in. But for Liverpool fans, despite the best efforts of Hicks and Gillett, there’s always hope in those hearts.
The toffee-eating neighbours might disagree (they usually do), and some music aficionados might have a lot to say about it, but for many people Liverpool Football Club is what the city of Liverpool is most famous for. Fans are fighting as hard as they can to keep it that way, to keep pushing their club through these difficult times and help it get back to where it should be (Beatles pun deliberately avoided).
Whatever happens in the future this club will always have a strong history, and this is to be recognised in a film currently being worked on for the Museum of Liverpool. The new museum is nearing completion and is expected to open next year. It won’t be the first construction project in the city to overtake Liverpool’s still to be started new stadium.
Details of the film will of course be released as the project nears completion but Lucy Dawson from the film project has asked if anyone can help them find some specific props for the film.
She says they would only be using the items for one day and of course would treat them very carefully.
If you can help (or if you know anyone who can) please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with Lucy.
They are looking for:
Liverpool Kids kit from 60s (shirt and shorts if possible)
Liverpool Kids kit from 1985/86 season (shirt and shorts if possible) – Dalglish wore this ‘Crown Paints’ shirt when scoring against Chelsea to win the league
Any other bits (hats/scarfs etc) from 60s or 80s
1980s goalie gloves (mid 1980s)
If you think you can help and would like to see your own memorabilia used in a way that helps further to keep the history of the club alive please get in touch.