One thing is to comment on it once, twice if you push it. Another very different one is to issue a formal complaint to the Premier League that, obviously, got rejected. Yet no matter what, Liverpool fanatics keep believing the league is somewhat against the Reds—as if the PL honchos didn’t know the longer the title race between Liverpool and Man. City lasts, the bigger rewards everybody will get if only because of the eyes put on the tellies around the world.
Just yesterday, after defeating Villarreal by two goals at Anfield to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Champions League semi-finals, Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk had something to say to the microphone of beIN SPORTS. Nothing bad, mind you, because he only stated facts in saying that he along with his teammates “now have to recover and be ready for a 12.30 kick-off in Newcastle.” I didn’t want to mess with the quote, leaving it as is, but you can catch the video of the answer below (3:00 minute mark).
You see, VvV’s answer came with a little, appreciable grin and laugh attached to it. Ah, the innocent lad.
Liverpool—if you have been living under a rock, and probably not even then—is facing Newcastle on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Yes, indeed they are. Liverpool is, also, facing Newcastle while coming off an 11-game undefeated run. Just saying. They beat Benfica, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Villarreal all once in that span. They have not lost a game since all the way back to March 8th when Inter won the second-leg of the UCL Round of 16 by a measly 1-0 that still sent the Italians home from the top European competition.
On top of everything, Liverpool is still contending for a historic quadruple that includes the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup, and the already-bagged Carabao Cup. If you want to win it all, you have to know what is probably coming: tons of matches, tired legs, tight schedules, a shitton of energy needed to endure it all and come out alive.
Newcastle’s recent run (second-best record in PL play since Jan. 1st, only behind Liverpool) makes for a solid case to have Pool concerned. But the steady complaints and continuous bitching by the likes of VvV and head coach Jürgen Klopp have always felt—and still feel—a little bit weird and annoying and simply put, out of place coming from such a manorial club.
Two and a half days of rest should be enough for the Reds to recover given the context and the dense waters they’re moving in these days. With great power comes great responsibility. And Liverpool should know better than this farcical stuff.