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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 full sleek period of Britain's such a lot winning soccer membership. From their first ever FA Cup win in 1965 to the Champions League defeat in Athens in 2007, this evaluate takes at the outstanding 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 family cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour mess ups, the tragic failures in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the past due 60s and the 90s.

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And here I was again, outside the Wavertree terraced house where he shared digs with two other players, going through the same ritual I’d gone through at least forty times in a vain attempt to share his oxygen. I knock on the big red back-door gate and brace myself for the standard procedure. An Alsatian barks, my arse goes, I think about legging it, bollock myself for being a sad stalker, hear the bolt taken off on the back kitchen door, then the gate, and a middle-aged woman in a pinny and curlers gives me the Jehovah’s Witness brush-off and slams the wooden mass in my face.

It was time to coolly work out the why, rather than mawkishly dwelling on the if. Shankly had got round to breaking up the mid-sixties side (two years too late) after a humiliating sixth round FA Cup defeat at Watford, a year earlier. Out went the likes of Tommy Lawrence, Geoff Strong, Ron Yeats and Ian St John. In came Ray Clemence, Alec Lindsay, Larry Lloyd, Steve Heighway and John Toshack. It would take time and a few more players before they were back challenging for the League. I knew this.

That was the day I lost my cherry. The day I dropped all resistance and let it take me. If only I’d known how I’d feel the following January, watching my first FA Cup tie at Anfield, seeing the same Chelsea side knock us out in the third round, I mightn’t have rushed in with such wild abandon. The ecstasy felt from the first big win leaves the memory far quicker than the agony of the first big defeat. ’ Here was the harrowing pain football could inflict, as others celebrated wildly over the same set of circumstances that were leaving you on the floor.

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