History, both celebrated and reviled, was witnessed at Anfield on Saturday.
Scores of former team-mates, players and even rivals – none more so than Sir Alex Ferguson striding onto enemy territory while sportingly paying respects to his celebrated fellow Scotsman– were present before kick-off to witness the great man officially unveil his own ‘Kenny Daliglish Stand’. Apt reward for the achievements of Liverpool’s defining figure in the last 40 years.
This should have teed up a derby against Manchester United to cherish, past and present clashing in perfect harmony. Regrettably, interminable tedium followed.
The fresh entry for the annals came with the first successive goalless draws ever recorded in this fixture at Anfield. Not the kind of new ground either will cherish.
As the Red Devils refused to compete and the hosts failed to find a way out of Jose Mourinho’s tactical straightjacket, sepia-tinged celebrations of yesteryear look to be the depressing norm moving ahead for both.
United may have won a trio of – lesser – trophies in the Portuguese’s debut campaign, yet this weekend’s ultra-negative approach was both hard to stomach and justify. Even in the financially-constrained last few years of his epochal reign, Ferguson never turned up to Anfield with such a heightened narrow outlook.