The strange thing about Liverpool fans right now

There's an old bloke in the park. He's a die-hard Liverpool fan, supported the club man and boy.

He hates Manchester United, and predicted at the start of the season that manager David Moyes would be a disaster, and that United would be lucky to make the Europa League. We all laughed at him. He also predicted that Liverpool would be serious title challengers this season; we were all hugely amused at that too.

Over the course of the last few weeks, most of our crew have been won over by Liverpool and the heroic efforts of the Liverpool team. But our Liverpool fan, the man who has Anfield in his heart - and to this day refuses to buy the Sun newspaper because of its Hillsborough coverage 25 years ago - is strangely quiet.

Even before Sunday's famous victory against Manchester City, our Liverpool man was playing down his team's chances. 9 Premier League victories on the trot, and he still refused to get carried away. We were waiting for him (and his dog) in the park this morning, looking forward to seeing his smug face as he came in the old Victorian gate. But no, there was nothing - no smirk, cheer, or even a grin. In fact, you'd have thought Liverpool had lost against Manchester City yesterday, the way the old fellah was behaving.

It's strange, but it typifies many Liverpool fans that the moment - they will shout and cheer their collective heads off at Anfield to lift their team, and yet when you get them all alone, they are reluctant to make bold statements and predictions - it's as if they don't want to tempt fate. Years of waiting, you see. Years of disappointment, of acceptance that their team hasn't been quite good enough to ever lift the Premier League trophy.

And so it's ironic, that when team Liverpool have won over most of the neutrals - who are now extolling the skills of the players and the team's style of play - many Liverpool fans are quiet, knowing that their time is almost here, yet not wanting to do or say anything that could in some way result in disappointment.

But if Liverpool go on to win the title, we'll never hear the last of it from our old Liverpool fan, and every Liverpool fan will be walking tall and talking loud once again. Come on you Reds!

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