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Article by Kal.

(Apologies for the delay in publishing Kal. A technical gremlin or three held us up but many thanks - this is a great article)

With the recent visit of Crystal Palace and the centenary of Bob Paisley’s birth, it is time to look back to the future and consider two former Liverpool managers and what it says about how far we have come and what it means for the future.

I don’t think it is unfair to say that Roy Hodgson had a bit of a torrid time managing our great club. For me two things summed up his time as our manager “that” face palm whilst on the bench.

Roy-Hodgson-face-palming

and most importantly describing us as “the underdog” for a home game against Man Utd …..oh and signing Paul Konchesky,

Paul-Konchesky-playing-for-Liverpool

so three things.

Roy often looked like a man out of his depth and whilst I am sure he is a lovely fella in real life he sometimes came across a bit deluded when he was trying to dampen supporters’ expectations. In what is the unkindest possible comparison, let us compare him with Bob Paisley.

Bob played under Shankly and captained the team to league glory before stepping into the manager's seat after Shankly retired. He won twenty trophies in nine seasons and even went one better than his illustrious predecessor by winning our first European Cup, and also our second and our third. I repeat he did this in nine seasons. For comparison the greatest manager in history, according to the Mancs, only tasted European glory twice in twenty-six years. As a manager Paisley also won the league six times, winning it ten times in his different capacities.

In an even more unkind comparison let’s look at the players Bob got in: Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Alan Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson VS Roy’s Paul Konchesky, Paul Konchesky, Paul Konchesky and Paul Konchesky (the reality is even worse we lost Mascherano under his watch)

For a quiet man Bob wasn’t short of a quote either.

"Mind you, I've been here during the bad times too - one year we came second."

Bob-Paisley-quote

In short Bob Paisley was Liverpool football club. Second was not good enough and there was no point over-thinking the game. Put the ball in the net and win the league. Simple really. I believe our current manager is a lot closer to Bob than he is to Roy.

So, bring on Palace (4-3!) and let’s keep it simple on our way to being crowned champions! Top of the league.
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