Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says he has never known the mood surrounding the club to be so “bleak and pessamistic” and is urging a positive response to recent disappointing defeats.
The Reds lost to arch rivals Manchester Utd in the Premier League, before being dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Northampton. That week was topped off with a dreary and desparate 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland.
However Aldridge says two victories this week – against Utrecht in the Europa League on Thursday evening and Blackpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon could turn fortunes around.
Writing in the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said, “We can sit and dwell on the Northampton and Sunderland results but isn’t it better to just look forward to the games with FC Utrecht and Blackpool and think about the boost two wins would give?
“Let’s see Fernando Torres get his chance to shine in Holland, then; let’s see Joe Cole get another 90 minutes under his belt rather than all the chopping and changing that has been going on – you never know, the next 180 minutes might just give everyone the left that is needed.
“It’s far too early to start panicking and asking questions about the manager; he is still finding his feet and having to deal with a unique pressure.
“But if he can find a way to get the Reds playing with a bit more flamboyance and adventure, the results will start to come and that will lift the mood.”
Aldridge added that fans must also be as vocal about the team as they have been in recent protests about the club’s ongoing ownership issues.
“Hard though it might be,” he continued, “everyone has got to forget about the owners now and concentrate on Liverpool – the team is all that matters.”
Aldridge played for Liverpool between 197-1991, scoring 63 goals in 104 appearances.
Utrecht vs Liverpool kicks off at 6pm this Thursday, 30th September, with Liverpool vs Blackpool getting underway at 3pm on Sunday, 3rd October.