If reports are to be believed then it seems Liverpool are on the verge of signing an X1 of world football; Chris Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Messi, Kaka, Gattuso, Buffon etc. In a rare outburst post Champions league final outburst, Sir Rafa complained of not being able to work 20 hour days. " I have had enough, and so have my staff" he is reported to have said.
Defeat wasn't that bad as things could have been far worse, the Reds could ave taken part in the dross served up at Wembley in the Champions League 3rd/4th place play off (otherwise known as the FA Cup Final).
It seems that with the untold riches on view at Anfield, it is only a matter of time before a buyout bidding war begins with interest from the likes of Bank of America, BP, ING Group and Toyota Motor.
Do we hear talk of a return for Gerrard Houllier? With Marcelli Lippi being installed as Director of football and Aime Jacquet as first team coach.
With two European finals in three years (largely based on Houllier's nurturings and acquisitions), Reds fans could be forgiven for lapsing into a false sense of security. Ask any Kopite; it's the league championship that's the big one in Europe's capital of culture. The total league dominance was the bedrock of Liverpool's Euro success. If it hadn't been for Heysel, then Liverpool could very well have been challenging Real Madrid's crown of European Cup wins.
It's time to get real. I remember the rot setting in, one that was exasperated by Graham Souness leaving Rangers to return as the prodigal son. A series of bad buys; Souness felt that a team of Souness clones, Ruddock, Bjornebye, Tanner, Harkness, Stewart, Kozma, Piechnik (a European champion), and Julian Dicks - with the sugar icing of Redknapp, Jones, Marsh, Walters, Hutchinson, . Looking back in hindsight; not very good was it?
Then for years after Souness' departure, Reds fans were told that all was required was a Souness clone. Enter Paul Ince. A great warrior, but the 'Spice Boys' saw to it that there was never any danger of progress.
17 years and counting. Well it could have been worse. 28 years for Manure, and a near sack for Fergie. If you're a believer in omens then all is not lost.