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Why Liverpool fans are still hopeful

What's the fun in scoring three goals in 15 minutes and spending the rest of the 75 assured of victory?

Written by Shreya Chakravertty | New Delhi |
April 13, 2009 9:36:09 am

What’s the fun in scoring three goals in 15 minutes and spending the rest of the 75 assured of victory? Total dominance may be exciting for some football clubs,but at Liverpool,they believe in doing things differently. They wait until the proverbial death knell has sounded during a Champions League final before waking up,rubbing their eyes,and thinking: “3-0? Oh well,we’ll solve that in six minutes.”

They throw themselves,and their singling,scarf-waving,ever-hopeful fans,into the depths of despair,needing injury-time winners to stay alive in title hunts,Cup competitions,and even finals. They sometimes even throw in an own-goal or two,and scratch their heads as sitters find only the woodwork.

Football as entertainment? Spare a thought for us — Liverpool fans who have their hearts in their mouths,their heads in their hands,and a jumble of incoherently depressing thoughts running through their minds before the Anfield men pull off yet another great escape before the final whistle. But sometimes,incredibly,things turn out alright at the end.

Which could explain the reason for continued optimism (Koptimism is a special term,specific to Liverpool fans,coined for this feeling) though we’re playing catch-up as the EPL enters its final month. It’s a game we seem to play better than anything else,sometimes even football.

This season,a seven-point lead Liverpool once held over the Manchester United has now been consigned to distant memory. An unwanted string of drawing games that should have been won and losing matches that should’ve been no trouble ensured the momentum would shift 30 miles south of Merseyside,to Manchester.

Nevertheless,the deficit that was once threatening to be 12 points is now a measly one,and even though the endlessly boring and defiant ‘”we have a game in hand” cry rings out from United supporters every time this discussion comes up,it would be unwise for the Red Devils to count this trophy before it’s won.

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