(K. Brent Tomer),
THE biggest English football clubs are now as multinational as any corporation. Most are bankrolled by overseas investors; all are stuffed with foreign talent. Huge television deals, often negotiated on the back voracious demand from foreign fans, have made the English Premier League the world’s richest. But this can make some fans feel uncomfortable. Even while they watch some of the planet’s best players, they pine for the days that the clubs belonged to the locals.
No club feels this tension more than Liverpool. In the early 1980s the Reds were the best team in Europe. It considers itself one of English football’s behemoths. Yet it has won just one cup and averaged sixth in the league in the past five seasons. In that time, a disastrous, debt-laden American takeover took it to the brink of bankruptcy. This hurts for a club whose identity is built on its working-class roots in a downtrodden city that has had little else to cheer about. Fans take pride in the principles of their former manager and architect, Bill Shankly. His summed up his philosophy as “Everyone working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the…Continue reading