Reds’ redemption brings ecstasy for long-suffering fans

Former national centreback S. Subramaniam proudly wears his Liverpool jersey. - Taken from Subramaniam;s Instagram

PETALING JAYA: The insults, the abuse and the putdowns have all finally come to an end. Liverpool fans in Malaysia, who have long been the butt of jokes as their team struggled for three decades to regain the dominance of the 1980s, can smile at last.

Former national centreback S. Subramaniam (pic) was one of those who was wearing a wide grin. He was not only elated about the win but was also sure that the team led by Juergen Klopp will go on and win more trophies in the years to come, as the team have the right mix of young and experienced players.

He suggested that if they wanted to continue their dominance in England and Europe, Liverpool just need another centreback.

“It feels good to win the first Premier League after 30 years, but this is only the beginning. We will continue to dominate because the brand of football we play, suits the modern game, ” said the Kuala Lumpur player.

“We have a charismatic coach, and also players capable of pulling off great performances. Not to forget, we have some young talents coming up, so I believe this team can sustain their great performances. There will be continuity.”

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) lecturer Afi Roshezry said that when he learnt of the Manchester City versus Chelsea result, he was in tears and immediately shared his happiness in a WhatsApp group filled with Utar lecturers, who are Liverpool supporters.

“Once we knew the title was ours, tears were streaming down our cheeks. Imagine, we had to wait for 30 years to see the lads lifting the title.

“With Klopp at the helm, I believe this winning mindset will continue. We will win trophies every season.”

Sashi Nair, who is president of the KL Kopites, was only upset that he was not in Liverpool to celebrate.

“I have been going to Liverpool matches since November and was supposed to watch the matches against Crystal Palace (on Wednesday) but couldn’t travel because of the pandemic.

“This is a momentous moment for all Liverpool fans. Some of our Malaysian fans have been awake from 5am. Everyone is still buzzing over the win.

“I believe the future looks good for us. We won’t be one hit wonder like Leicester.”

Helen Koh, from the now defunct Liverpool Supporters Club Malaysia (LSCM), knows very well the pain of being a Liverpool fan over the past three decades.

“People talk about the 30-year wait. If you personally experienced it, you know how excruciating it was. There were near-misses and lows, false dawns and bad management. As a fan, you just have to stick with the team through the wind and rain.

“During our time running LSCM (from 2000 to 2013), we enjoyed ourselves so much helping grow a loyal Liverpool fanbase here.

“It’s such a joy watching Liverpool play now. You can’t take your eyes off them, and I think the team is in a good place now, ” she said.

But Koh also reminds fans not to go overboard and to stay grounded despite Liverpool being the champions of England, Europe and the world.

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