By Brian Reade

Fusing the blind ardour of a lifelong supporter with the chilly eye of an award-winning journalist, this is often an up-close and private view of the complete sleek period of Britain's so much winning soccer membership. From their first ever FA Cup win in 1965 to the Champions League defeat in Athens in 2007, this evaluation takes at the awesome tales at the back of the forty eight trophies Liverpool has received. Highlighting the memorable nights that propelled the membership to 5 ecu Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 12 titles, and numerous household cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour mess ups, the tragic mess ups in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.

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But nah, there’s better players in our team. ’ He laughed out loud. At me. And I wasn’t even being funny. ‘Eh, don’t worry about what position they play you in, son. ’ ‘I know. I saw you the other night against Belgium. ’ ‘Well, I’ll make a deal, eh? You keep playing your heart out behind the fo’wards and I’ll do the same at full-back. ’ The red gate slammed into my face, which was a similar hue. Was it due to embarrassment at having such an intimate conversation with a man who Shankly declared would one day captain England (which he did, 23 times)?

From being a 20 goals-a-season man to half-a-dozen. He was still a vital team player, but a kid needs more than that from a hero. He needs a goalscorer. He needs to see his man producing a little bit of magic that flummoxes a defence, before bursting the net and running to the crowd to soak in the mass adulation. When you’re ten your hero has to be the one who does the things that you want to do. The one who is fleshing out your dreams. There has to be real envy. And sadly I didn’t envy The Saint’s engine and ability to deliver a cute, defence-splitting pass or his unselfishness at laying on the goalscoring chances for Hunt and Hateley.

Crates were dragged back by the men and the women made sarnies. Reg got on the piano and the party began. The old songs about ‘Red Roses for Blue Ladies’ and ‘Slow Boats to China’ were interspersed with ‘Ee-aye-addios’ and ‘We’ll Be Running Round Wembley With The Cup’. Even the Evertonians joined in. Well, some of them. Swaying men pressed tanners into kids’ hands and kissed them on the head. My uncle Mickey, a fanatical Red, sat me down on the stairs and told me what this meant. How it was the start of something big under Shankly.

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