Ross is back with a new series, trying to redeem himself after the Leeds disaster. He’s trying to bring a Premier League title to Liverpool 22 years early. With Fowler, McManaman and a young Michael Owen at his disposal, can he make a run at the title in 97/98? As that’ll involve beating Man Utd, the title is inspired from an Alex Ferguson quote…
I’m back! After that Leeds United disaster I bet you thought you’d never see me around these parts again, well think again buddy I’m back to redeem myself. The Challenge – Win the Premier League with Liverpool before 2020 because honestly it shouldn’t have taken them this long.
Playing the unconventional 5-1-2-2 formation this squad looks decent going forward but could use some help at the back so let’s first look at the business I tried to get done before the season started.
The tactic required an out and out CM and although he’s 31 you’ll be very familiar with Marc Emmers, now I did say we were good attacking wise but then I saw Mario Jardel and once I’d gotten the image of him lumbering around the Reebok stadium in his later years I pulled the trigger. I also signed Bakayoko because why not? I did shore up the defence with the classic signings of Onopko (Injured for 3 months the day after he signed) and Robert Page, always a class signing.
Leaving was a bunch of kids and Danny Murphy because we know what he becomes.
Game one is at home to West Ham, Fowler is out to start the season but with Owen and Riedle up front we shouldn’t struggle, 4-1 comfortable win. Friedel only scoring a 5 rating is I can only assume down to a lack of things to do.
Coventry next and as I proved with my Leeds save I can’t beat these collection of jobbers. A 2-1 loss is not exactly what I had planned.
Wimbledon next and an easy 2-0 win follows, it should of been much much more with Emmers missing 2 penalties in this one, hence Sullivan’s MOTM performance.
Spurs away next and another comfortable 2-0 and another opposition goalie picking up the MOTM award. Riedle has been in cracking form and Walker popped us in an OG to put the game to bed. A 9 rating with an OG!
Leicester next and we are 3 up inside 7 mins. Why did Roy Evans find this so hard!?
In the Leeds save Newcastle battered me 4-1 twice, no such luck for the Geordies this time. Fowler makes his season debut and scores right away, which is lucky as Riedle is out for 4 months with an injury.
Uefa Cup game that I forgot all about is up next and Bakayoko finally does something.
Chelsea next and again another team that routinely beat me in the Leeds save (although tbf that was most teams) we fall behind to a Vialli goal before Page gets sent off but there’s no stopping the front two. Excellent fight back, again Mr Evans what were you doing exactly?
And finally for this update we have a routine 4-1 away win at Bolton, should of been more, again another keeper getting a 9 rating! Battered!
I’ll be back again next week with hopefully more wins. Fingers crossed!
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