@Sapphire_LFC wrote an article on her blog and asked people to retweet on twitter. I saw one of the retweets and instantly noticed it was something very similar to what I quickly wrote on 5th March after the Arsenal game.
Now, I am not a writer, nor do I aspire to be one. This website is merely a platform for my geek tendencies.
I have no problem with @Sapphire_LFC doing this, she is more than free to, but I do not like that it was being passed off as her own and when confronted by me I get abused. If she does aspire to be a writer, than she is not going about it the correct way.
Lets look at the articles and compare shall we. Maybe then level headed people can decide whether @sapphire_LFC took what i wrote, expanded it and passed it off as her work.
I'm a 30 year old man, in a professional job with two kids, I wouldn't normally bother, but when someone abuses you for highlighting the truth, then I will defend myself.
Sections of my article in Red, sections of @Sapphire_LFC in Blue. Bold parts are shown to highlight the clear copying.
Far too many of you are representative of the archetypal modern football fan screaming “instant success”, basing your understanding of the game on the final score. Having just lost to West Brom, you claim “Liverpool lost again, they team are useless”...
To all Liverpool’s fickle fans, in the words of the King, “Arrrgghhh Pish Off”.
What do you actually want? Far too many of you seem to base your understanding of the game on the final score rundown.
“Liverpool lost again, they’re bloody rubbish”.
You make me question whether you are actually watching the games and the performances on the pitch.
In only a few of games this season, most notably away to Bolton, has the team’s performance been dire. Liverpool have otherwise dominated matches, bombarded the opponents’ goal with on-target shots and created numerous, sadly futile, chances. Together with arguably the strongest defence in the Premier League, the players demonstrate the type of football needed to win trophies. And indeed it already has, as many of you conveniently forget.
In all Liverpool’s games this season, there are only a handful of games that they have performed badly and as a result have lost or drawn. The rest of the games, the performances have been outstanding. Liverpool have dominated teams, bombarded their opponents goal with shots and created so many chances. They have been playing a fast, fluid, attacking game, together with a tight defence. It’s the type of football that wins leagues and trophies (which, many of you have managed to forget, it already has).
Only a couple of criticisms towards Dalglish are substantiated, one of which is his timing of substitutions but, given the dominance of the team during matches, his actions are explainable. Liverpool constantly seem to be on the verge of scoring, so he (understandably) continually delays the substitution until the timer in his head reminds him time waits for no one but Fergie.
The only criticism that can be levelled at Dalglish, in that game, was that he was slow with the substitutions. However, given the dominance of the team, and at the time, being 1-1, it was understandable not to change when it looked like Liverpool were on the verge of a goal.
If Liverpool were blinkered enough to now obey your ‘Kenny out’ shouts, who is it you want in replacement?
Mourinho? A manager whose priorities lie with the preservation of his ego as opposed to the club he manages. ...., for you clearly have no understanding of the values of Liverpool Football Club.
Who would you like to manage the club?
Mourinho? A manager who cares more about his ego than the club he manages. If that is the case, you clearly have no understanding of Liverpool football club.
Martin O’Neil? A manager with tactics making Woy look like Alex Ferguson. A manager who threw a hissy fit at Aston Villa’s need to balance the books, after years of trophy promises and overspending.
Martin O’Neil? A manager whose negative tactics make Roy Hodgson look like Pep Guardiola. A manager, who threw his toys out the pram at Villa, after years of over spending, promising trophies by playing hoofball to John Carew, after being told they had to balance the books.
Rafa Benitez? A man, with a nature similar to Shankly, loves and treats Liverpool Football Club and its supporters as if it were his own family. He is hailed by many as one of the greatest managers, with every European club level football achievement under his belt. You hounded him out of the club but are now begging for his return.
And then there’s Rafa Benitez.
Benitez, one of the greatest managers in Europe who has won everything that can be won in Club football. A man who loved Liverpool Football Club like he loves his own family.
Fickle fans, together with sections of the press, hounded him out of the club. Now, with hypocritical fickleness, they want him back.
So shut up, sit down and let the King do the talking. If not, “piss off” and support Chelsea. Their fans beliefs and conception of “support” is similar to yours. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Pish Off and support Chelsea. Their fan base is full of your “support”, you’ll be welcomed.
Now, you decide whether @Sapphire_LFC took my article and expanded in to make hers.
My orginal short piece is here and @Sapphire piece is here