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Posted by Kevin Brodie on 08/14/2012

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I understand, after hearing from ESPN, that this is my last blog. Sorry to tell you that I did not get sacked as I know many of you were hoping for that...first of all I can't get sacked for something I was not paid for! second of all, espn is moving away from these types of correspondent pages so it wasn't about me (at least that is what I'm telling myself).

It has been an absolute pleasure writing about LFC for ESPN Soccernet.

LFC are my passion, my religion.

Having the opportunity to describe the highs of the greatest single comeback in the history of European football in 2005 to having to write about our near bankruptcy, owned by a pair of cowboys, was the hardest part of my writing. Having to listen to Roy Hodgson speak after another dismal performance in a ground that we have not heard of was embarrassing stuff. Watching Rafa's team dismantle almost every famous European side from 2005-09 is something every LFC should look back on with great pride. That is where we need to be in the future. Going to places like Barca, Inter, Juve, and Madrid with no fear is what Rafa built, sadly he was not given a chance to continue. Sacking Rafa was the second single biggest mistake this club have made (selling to Hicks and Gillette was first) but I do believe with our new owners and new manager we are finally back on the right track, although it will take time.

It's hard to recall single matches that stand out since I have been writing for soccernet, but I will say that the day Rafa re-signed Folwer, when Kenny walked out for the first time at Old Trafford and when I heard Rafa was in the pub in Germany (he was one of us) are all moments that stand out for me. In addition LFC internet terrorist getting blamed for ousting Hicks/Gillette was a very proud moment for LFC supporters and hearing Hicks call what FSG did an epic swindle was music to all LFC supporters ears.

While I said earlier specific matches are hard to pin-point, as we have had so many great ones during Rafa's reign, I think the dismantling of Madrid and United in space of 4 days was the pinnacle of results. Actually we didn't play that great against United that day, but if you go back and look at how we completely dominated Real at Anfield that night we were the best team in Europe at the moment, and possibly the world. During the same season Aston Villa came to Anfield and barely got a kick was another high point. Kenny's march towards Wembley last season was another fantastic achievement for the club and beating Everton in the semi-final was very special. I never take beating Everton for granted and this was no different, it was a fantastic buzz after the match. The three European Cup contests against Chelsea are also memorable, even when we got beat, as we refused to stop going at Chelsea and nearly pulled off another epic comeback that night. Of course, those last 6 minutes in 2005 against Chelsea were the most nervous footballing 6 minutes of my life. I still don't' know how Gudjohnsen missed that chance. Same goes for Shevchenko in 2005..I still dont' know how Dudek saved that?

Currently I believe the future is bright for LFC. We wont' win the league this year but I do believe we have a model in place to allow us to succeed on the field. As long as our new manager is given time by the supporters, owners and players he will succeed. We are getting younger and if we can continue to preach the same philosophy from the academy to the senior team we will win together. I'm excited about the new season, I believe in our manager and our owners do the right thing for LFC. They want us to succeed so we must stick together during this process.

I would like to thank ESPN Soccernet for giving me the opportunity so write about my passion. "I have witnessed what others dream about"

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Kevin Brodie Kevin Brodie has been fortunate enough to see some of Liverpool’s greatest teams and players in action over the last 35 years. Reds fans are spoiled for choice in trying to pick their favourite memory. The best early memory I have of watching Liverpool in person was our 7-0 thrashing of Spurs, with the 7th goal being a thing of beauty. Watching us in 89 lift the FA Cup after the terrible disaster at Hillsborough was also very special. My favourite Liverpool moment on the TV has to be the Champions League final in 2005. It was a day I will never forget.

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