Liverpool get a reminder they are no longer “royalty”

In their pomp, Liverpool would have torn a team from Basel apart. Even a decade ago, the Swiss should not have posed a problem. Indeed, even today, you wouldn’t rank Basel that highly – on paper, that is. But their record deserves some examination, while Liverpool’s demands some explanation. Liverpool fans keep carrying around banners claiming their club is “European royalty” and lifting placards with five gleaming trophies evidencing the club’s heritage, but it counts for nothing anymore – football, like most aspects of life, is about the here and now. Liverpool have long been cast as also-rans, a story … Continue reading Liverpool get a reminder they are no longer “royalty”