MO SALAH DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE:
The Egyptian born player has not just been Liverpool’s best player in the past two seasons but has distinguished himself as one of the best players in the whole at the moment. A player with 4 goals in 11 appearances in the UCL and 22 goals in 38 appearances in the premier league, is no longer an ordinary player but the heartbeat of his team with 0.62 goals and 0.22 assists per 90 minutes. Imagine what it means to have such great treasure as part of your team and then loose that same player to injury just four days to the most important game of the season. This was enough to breakdown the entire team psychologically, but they soldiered on despite all.
Personally, I think that Liverpool FC lineup against Barcelona FC without Mo Salah and Firmino was the weakest attacking lineup this season yet, they got the job done.
I have seen people making excuses for failures even before the event just because something or someone seemly important is not available. I have seen a passionate politician who failed to take a giant step because he felt he did not have a godfather; many young writers have told me they quit blogging and writing because they do not own a laptop so they will start only when they can afford one. How about people declining their admission because they lost their supposed sponsors.
Beloved, we live in a world of miracle and there are a plethora of unseen forces waiting to help us birth what we carry only if we can just walk into the pitch and play our hearts out even without the almighty Mo Salah with us. You don’t have to put everything together before you get married or have enough money to rent an office space before you launch that business. Sometimes you don’t have to dot all the ‘Is’ and cross all the ‘Ts’ before your audience can get what you are saying. However, there should be standards and excellence because according to Bill Hybels, excellence honours God and inspires people. However, excellence is not perfection, it is giving your best with whatever you have while creating space for the supernatural. That was exactly what happened at ANFILED that night, the RED gave their best even with the weakest lineup and expected a miracle and like they say, the rest is history.
HOME IS REFUGE:
Home is anywhere you feel accepted, encouraged and supported. This is the secret of every successful team and individual and it should be exactly where you belong not where you are struggling to fit in. Contrary to popular opinion, home is not a building; home is anywhere you are accepted and celebrated even before your manifestation. Home is magical, it brings out the king in a little kid. The cat at home will roar louder than one away from home. This explains the UEFA away goal rules that rate any goal scored away from home above goals scored at home because it is always more difficult to swim against the tide. At home you are empowered by your fans and that should fuel your victory.
Did you notice that Liverpool fans didn’t only start shouting and cheering their team after they saw the first goal in the net? They did so from the onset; they screamed, danced and did everything to intimidate their rivals and elevate their own. No weapon formed against you can prosper when you are surrounded by such a great cloud of fans and believers of your dreams. Anfield was hell for the Barcelona team; even their best players couldn’t find his rhythm before highly intimidating fans. The same team that struggled even with Mo Salah, slayed their roaring Giant like a chicken with their least talents. You are as strong as the quality of people supporting you. Woe unto him who doesn’t have a home because when life hits he will have no strength to stand.
Before you start the battle of life, ensure you are at home where you leverage on the strength of your friends and family who believe in your dreams and aspirations.