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TAO – Why our latest failure in the market shouldn’t overshadow a fine opening day victory

As the new Premier League season began at Anfield on Saturday, optimism filled the stands after a solid pre season, as well as the ‘impending’ capture of Anzhi winger Willian.BT Sport’s Jake Humphreys asked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about the transfer, the smile on the Ulstermans face told all that was needed to be told, we thought.The manager has been crying out for a match winner to turn those niggly 0-0 draws into a 1/2-0 win. Willian was the third attempt at such a signing and the prospect of the Brazilian lining up alongside Coutinho Sturridge and Suarez whet the appetite of the Kop faithful.It seemed like another 0-0 draw was on the cards after a willing first half before Daniel Sturridge unleashed an effort that not even Man of the Match Asmir Begovic could stop.1-0 Liverpool, the optimism, the expectations lifted up a notch. This was the sort of game Liverpool would’ve drawn last season, so to escape (just) with a victory left the crowd relieved and pleased, this being Liverpool’s first opening day victory since August 2008, the season Liverpool finished 2nd….As fans reflected on an impressive performance first up, the thought of adding Willian to the line up made for a frightening prospect. The stadium was buzzing, fans were expressing their delight on social media but little did we know such jubilation would soon be long forgotten.Tottenham entered the race for Willian, having trumped Liverpool on both Dempsey and Sigurdsson, suddenly Kopites realised their dream may never become reality.As days went by and there was no confirmation from Liverpool, Willian and Tottenham, Liverpool fans feared the worst. The worst is what followed. Euphoria turned into anger in the space of 48 hours as Tottenham were in the driving seat, and with money to throw around, the pipe dream was no more.Fans criticised the club for not overspending but after being humiliated in previous windows you can’t blame them for being hesitant, but now it appears in the transfer market at least, the club cant do anything right. But why should that spoil a decent opening day result and replace the euphoria felt with the realisation that Liverpool are no longer top dogs.The squad we have is good enough to challenge for Champions League football, added additions would’ve been a bonus but we should support who we have, especially when our targets join our rivals. Plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season, don’t let transfer news ruin that.

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