Introduction and Personal Insight
This year (so far) of football has flown by, alongside this placement. With this piece being my last for the said placement, I want to look at the sport I am passionate about that is also concluding. And what a year it has been for Liverpool.
As I excitedly mentioned in my article on whether LFC can do the quadruple this season, the ties and fixtures have been going our way in terms of team strength. This means we are still capable of doing it, with that possibility becoming more and more likely every week. In today’s article, I will look at what this means for the city, for the club, and for the wider world of journalism.
More Than a Game/Cultural Insight
Aside from the associated bragging rights, the recent clash between Everton and Liverpool proves that Merseyside is a district obsessed with the game. In fact, I would argue, to the supporters, it is more than a game.
According to footballcritic.com, over 53,000 people attended the recent derby. This is a staggering figure. But it also shows how the structural developments made to Anfield as a stadium impact culturally and economically on the local area.
There is also, of course, the long-disputed issue of Anfield originally being the blues’ home ground. But, personally, I cannot see how this argument reaches further than an overly (and toxic) masculine argument.
The Four Competitions
Without wanting to evoke the anxiety of those more superstitious within the footballing world, I think a quick look ahead to and summary of the four main competitions we are still in could be a good way to celebrate the year Liverpool has had.
Firstly, whilst Man City still lead in the league, they have a couple of fixtures coming up. And these could, hopefully, trip them up in their hopes for title success. Secondly, we have already won the EFL Cup. This means we have the confidence and experience of winning silverware in the 21/22 season.
Thirdly, the FA Cup will be an admittedly tough decider against Chelsea. However, if their performance and managerial decisions in the EFL Cup are anything to go by, we should have this in the bag. Lastly, but by no means least, the Champions League final looks set to be a European classic with Madrid.
Conclusion on Liverpool and The Placement
I, amongst other pundits, am nearly lost for words on what to say about Liverpool’s season. Instead, then, I would like to focus on what this placement has brought to the archive here at Writebase. And how this has benefitted me.
So, in summary of what I have written during my placement. I have covered contract situations, competition aspirations, transfer news, rights issues, discussions on opinions, player ratings, shirt numbers, other sports, and now, a year in review. This has benefitted me because I now see the workings behind the editorial aspects of articles. I can therefore also evidence that I have a professional approach to sports journalism.