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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

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Back To Basics - How The Bench Might Look.

That's the view of one veteran reds fan, William Hanksly, of Southport. It's been a long time since Mr Hanksly has been able to celebrate things such as back to back league titles, but he now believes that with the appointment of Kop legend, Kenny Dalglish as boss, that a golden opportunity to return to the glory days of the Anfield boot room culture surely beckons.

Mr Hanksly may well be advancing in years, and his knees and hip joints may not be all that they once were, but when you mention Liverpool Football Club, there's definitely a passionate, incandescent twinkle in his eye.

He knows what he's talking about when he bemoans the loss of the boot room set up. Promotion from within always used to be the boot room way of doing things, adhering to the same basic principles from the junior teams, all the way up to the managerial hotseat.

And a very successful business model it was, too. The trophies flooded in, the fans flocked through the turnstiles, the club became the media's darling, and then for some inexplicable reason, they broke the mould and threw the baby out with the bathwater. With a couple of noteworthy exceptions, such as Istanbul, twenty years of ignominy followed.

William Hanksly thinks that now is the time for the club to reinvent itself back into being what it used to be, back in the good old days of yore.

"They need to start by getting shot of their entire squad and starting again, maybe hanging on to the youth team, but let the rest go, and bring in new players, preferably players who come from this city. That way, they'll have an innate affinity with the club. Unless they're Evertonians, but they'd be no good to Liverpool Football Club anyway.

"Then they need to make Anfield a fortress again. It's too bland these days, compared to how it used to be. They need to rip the seats out of the Kop and take it back to being a big, heaving, noisy, sweaty sea of swaying heads. You can't beat standing in a seething crowd with some bastard pissing in your back pocket. That should be worth a goal a game at least. The Kop, the twelfth man, literally sucking the ball into the net from corner kicks.

"Oh yes, the fans are important, and they should be Scousers, not out of towners, day trippers, if it's to all come together like the good old days.

"And then of course, there's the football - it would be massively beneficial if they actually went out onto the pitch looking like at least some of them give the impression that they know what they're doing."

More as we get it.

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