Sport is meant to be, at some level and sometimes at least, something fun. The reality, of course, is that for most people, most of the time, this usually isn’t the case. In any given league, there is only one title to be won. Only one person can finish first.
For everyone or every team that wins – or even finishes second on a podium or feeds hope with an unexpected increase in results – many people fail or end up in the middle of the table or fail completely and are never close to being. in the race.
“It’s really not my concern at the moment,” was Jürgen Klopp’s response to the question about Liverpool’s chances of now finishing in the top four this season – or winning, as part of the current situation of this team.
“I understand you have to ask this, but I can’t think of it. We have to win football matches. We have to win a football game. It would be helpful and then we’ll see. My boys want to win, I know that. We couldn’t do it. This is the problem.”
Most athletes will not end a season or competition triumphant – and it is after that that most athletes who start with hopes and dreams fail. Most fans of a club, team or country will not see them victorious, not this time, not the next, or the one after.
Normally this is not a problem. Normally everyone continues to think and act like and maybe even believe that they have a chance. The problem arises when it stops, the mood changes, and everyone starts to think no.
At this point, the rational begins to come out the window. The reasons, reasonable as they are, are starting to sound like empty excuses. Injuries, lack of fans, years of sustained intensity. Anything can be valid, but at some point, valid struggles to overcome futility.
Liverpool have been in relegation for two and a half months. It is increasingly difficult to see a viable way to make one winner season by any definition of the word. Now that feels like a season to endure and hopefully forget.
“The next game is in a different competition where we haven’t done too badly so far,” added Klopp, placing on the but maybe, the hope that will inevitably make everyone come back, no matter how futile football has been displayed in recent weeks.
“If we can pass, which is not guaranteed, it could give confidence. Then we have Wolves, which is difficult, and then we have a couple of weeks off because of the Chelsea game and the international break and all that stuff.
“We have to use this time, we have to hope that all the boys who go to their national teams will come back healthy, as always. Then I think there are still nine or 10 games to go, which looks like 27 or 30 points, so there is a lot to do and we’ll try.