Fading Liverpool Victim of the Times

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Pity Liverpool. Bad luck hurt what was once a truly great club. Today, the team is unraveling. Each attempt at reform is failing. But, in the 1980s, Liverpool was the dominant force in English soccer, and a superpower in international competitions. Legendary managers such as Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley constructed a side that was among the best the world has ever seen.

Those were the days when British teams employed British players. Liverpool has never recovered from the widespread globalization of the 1990s. Twenty years ago, English first-division teams left the Football League to found the Premier League in order to secure more television funding. Financial wealth has since been key to victory on the pitch.

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