Acquiescence. The reluctant acceptance of something without protest.
For some time now we have all come to the understanding that Liverpool are going to win the league for the first time in 30 years.
Many fans of a certain age have been dreading this day.
Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, Liverpool to them are what Manchester United are to someone who grew up in the 90s and 00s.
Liverpool were the all conquering side of the pre-pass back era. Owned and financed by the Moores family who were once one of the richest families in England. They were the Manchester City of their time.
With their success, glory hunters followed. They were probably the first club to begin tapping into a fan base from beyond their catchment area.
Children (often Asian) in London grew up as Liverpool fans. Like Manchester United’s Surrey contingent, they were the worst. Boastful. Giving it the big ‘un. Despite having never been to Anfield. Despite probably still having never been to Anfield.
They attracted the type of fans who has no interest in football, but declared they supported Liverpool. You would only hear from them when things were going well.
They quickly became the most hated fans across England. I guess success and hatred go hand in hand.
Fans who grew up in this area have dreaded the day Liverpool win the league again. They look at that lad in the office. Barely speaks about football. He has no real interest. But as Liverpool have improved, he has started speaking about football again.
Able to turn off when the bad times hit, celebrate and boast when success is close. They will never be a proper fan. Yet are more than happy lauding it over others in the office.
For a few months now, we have had to accept Liverpool will win the league. And with it all those rats who have been hiding under a rock will pop up once more. The only positive is that with Liverpool running away with the league, we have all been able to reluctantly accept and get used to the matter of fact that they will be champions once more.
The press will go OTT over it. They have always loved Liverpool. Probably fearful that any criticism will lead to boycotts. But at least all the celebrating will be over before the season has ended. It will never be an Anfield 89 situation.
But what we are all going to have to reluctantly being accepting is that Liverpool could firstly beat Arsenal’s 49 game unbeaten run, and could potentially match Arsenal by going the season unbeaten.
Back in 2004 Arsenal did something that had not been done in over a century. Gone unbeaten. Many predicted that it would take another century before it happened again.
Chelsea and Manchester City both got close. Both failed. Both showed money does not buy you history. But now Liverpool are on the horizon.
There 50th game will be away to Manchester City. Between now and then they do not have any major hurdles.
It is getting to the point where it would actually be more surprising if Liverpool failed to at least match Arsenal’s 49 game unbeaten run.
Once you accept that records are there to be broken, and that Liverpool are positioning themselves to break Arsenal’s record, you can then appreciate what Jurgen Klopp is doing.
Last season Liverpool won the last 9 games on the bounce as they finished 2nd in the league with 97 points. They lost just once.
They have continued that run this season with 21 wins in 22 games. No team has ever dominated English football the way Liverpool are.
There 39 game unbeaten run has seen them win 34 games, drawing 5.
Unlike Manchester City and Chelsea before them, they have also done it the right way.
A sensible transfer policy of buying low, selling high. Top coaching from Klopp. Togetherness.
This is not a rich Arab or Russian throwing money at the club. Bankrolling success. This is a side that has been built organically. The right way.
And it is perhaps that reason why I am not bitter over what Liverpool are doing.
Had Chelsea or Manchester City broken our unbeaten record, it would have felt like we had been cheated out of our record due to financial doping.
Teams that have spent billions of pounds in an attempt to re-write the record books. It would have been the equivalent of Ben Johnson breaking the 100m world record. You might have ran the fastest 100m of all time, but everyone would know you doped to get there.
Liverpool is something different. There is no financial doping. What they are achieving has to be respected. Like what Arsenal did in 2004 has to be respected.
And the quicker you accept what Liverpool is doing is incredible. The quicker you come to terms that they might go past Arsenal 49 game record, the easier it will be when they do it.
So do not be bitter. Accept what Liverpool are doing is incredible, and understand records are there to be broken.
Instead of getting twisted up over what they are doing, realise that they have done it the right way. Take inspiration from them. That if they can do it, why can’t Arsenal?
Liverpool’s success against the oil barrens and Russian Oligarchs should give all football fans hope once more.
This is not a one off like Leicester. This is a club that is here to stay. A club that has been run well for nearly a decade. All pulling as one to win the league. A club that has shown you do not need to be a rich mans play thing to win the league.
Liverpool will win the league this season. They will probably break Arsenal’s 49 game unbeaten run. They could go the entire season unbeaten. And that should give us all hope.
16 years and counting. There is hope.Follow @KeenosAFC