12th April will be a day to remember for the Anfield faithful. For in my lifetime, which isn’t so long I’ve never heard the Anfield crowd belt out,You Never Walk Alone as they did on Sunday afternoon. A day filled with so much pain as Liverpool fans remembered the lives of the 96 Angels lost in the Hillsborough disaster might, just might have turned into the day when the League title returns to the coffers of the Liverpool trophy cabinet.
Twenty years without a league trophy is a lifetime for a club of Liverpool’s stature, despite recent success on the European scene every Liverpool fan worldwide will tell you they would trade any of those Great European finals for a sneak peak at the Premier league title.
Twice they have come painfully close to lifting the trophy only to self-destruct but one would fill there is more purpose to this Brendan Rodgers led side than the previous two teams. The Irish man not Suarez is the reason Liverpool have a sniff at this year’s trophy, his composure on the touchline, in the press conference and interviews translates onto his players.
How he has turned Mammadou Sakho, a third choice center back at PSG, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge both outcasts at Chelsea into world class players and premier league contenders only buffers the critics.
Not to be drawn into mind games that led to the destruction of his predecessors Gerald Houlier and Rafael Benitez when they had a shot at the title, BR as the players call him is taking one step at a time, always looking at the next game and not talking up his title chances.
Some would argue that his scared of failure, incase Liverpool do not win the title he has an excuse, he never said they would win the Premier League. But would he be wrong? I guess not.
At the beginning of the season not a single “expert” thought the Merseysiders would be in the mix at this time of the season, in fact most suggested Liverpool would struggle to even get into the Champions league, the script had already been written, Suarez was believed to be leaving at season’s end.
But it is such unpredictability that makes football the most interesting game in the world, will Suarez be leaving at season’s end? I don’t think so, will Liverpool be in the champions league? That one is guaranteed or even better they just might be the Premier league champions.
But what happens between now and that Sunday evening in May for once is in Liverpool’s control. Make us Dream.
Return of the Pac
Palm Sunday proved to be such a rewarding day for this devote Catholic man another of my sports teams, yes I have many of those returned to winning ways. The Pacman team is what many call it.
Manny Pacquiao in my eyes is the bravest fighter of this era, yes people I said not Floyyd Mayweather. Unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao does not shy away from a challenge, he does not choose his opponents basing on whom he can easily outclass at the moment but on who is the best at the moment.
Pacquiao does not go on social networks to ask his fans whose the next fighter he can take on, only for him to choose someone else from what his fans want, Pacquiao gives his fans what they want, what they desire, Boxing entertainment.
On Sunday morning in Kigali, Saturday night in Las Vegas, the stage was set The Pacman ready to take on his previously unbeaten challenger, Timothy Bradley. Five years his junior,a hungry fighter still making himself a name in the ring, a perfect moment for Pacquiao to chock. But chock he did not for the Philippine Politician did not only convincingly beat Bradley again (everyone agrees he was cheated in the first contest) but he did it in sublime fashion dominating the contest from start to finish in a style that rolled back the years. A KO was the only ingredient missing on the menu. Come on Mayweather give us the fight that every boxing fan wants to see happen, take on the Philippine.
Augusta double for Watson
It would be befitting of me not to talk about the greatest golf tournament, The Maters. In a sport that is in dire need of a hero, with Tiger Woods injured, many prayed Rory Mclroy would walk away with the green jacket at Augusta Sunday evening but that was not the case, The Irishman could only manage nineth place as he struggled to get into the top ten. With no Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Else the stage was set for another Irish man to affirm his stature as the golf’s new emblem but boy did he chock but wait not all is dead for golf in comes 20 year old Jordan Spieth.