Two Trophies in Two Months

It’s as far back as February 2012 that Liverpool last won a trophy. That Sunday afternoon, Stevie-G’s cousin, playing for Cardiff,  shot wide in a penalty shoot-out and the League Cup was ours.
It’s taken all this time to add to the tally, but appropriately, we’ve made up for lost time and done it in style. No Mickey-Mouse Cups this time; instead the two big ones!
The Champions League was won in Spain on June 1st and that was followed by a reinforcement in Turkey this very week with success in the Uefa Super Cup. Champions of Europe twice over just in case anyone chooses to query the achievement.
Since the Reds beat three national champions en-route to Madrid, nobody, not even the most jaundiced blue-nose, can justify saying we haven’t deserved the success.
The Super cup is a strange phenomenon, with even a nuisance value, but lest we forget worth a fair few notes in the club kitty. Perhaps its purpose might have been better appreciated had it been a non-English club pitted against us.
Still, we’ve emerged victorious on both occasions without playing at our best, though my initial instincts were that beating Chelsea is always desirable.
The loss to City in the Community Shield was a downer and the realisation that struck, as the shoot-out was about to start in Istanbul, was that a similar reverse  could have the makings of deja-vu.
It’s the most peculiar aspect of human nature that the degree of euphoria in victory in all prestigious events is so often less than the upset felt in defeat. Perhaps it’s a British thing, though, to be fair Madrid would be an exception as illustrated the following day!
It was undoubtedly the case here. When Tammy Abraham’s penalty was saved by Adrian (a story in its own right) there was no real feeling of exaltation; more one of relief that Wembley hadn’t been replicated.
Suddenly the realisation set in that such a scenario would have been all too much to bear; a stigma initiated for the media to joyfully play on and finger-point at our Manager.
In six months time, the details of the Super Cup will be a blur; only the statistics of the Reds’ winning it for a fourth time will remain alive, while the penalty aspect will have all but disappeared. The aspect of spot-kicks is not engraved on the trophy plinth!
Finally a lasting thought. 35 year journeyman Andy Lonergan, brought in as an emergency cover in goal, has now won more cup winners medals over the past quarter century than Everton.
A useless piece of nonsense but I do like it. It makes me smile!

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