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A Season on the Brink, A Night to Remember
on 1 April 2013
As a Liverpool fan reading this book in 2013 is both pleasurable and painful. Pleasurable because it recalls that remarkable Champions League Final of 2005 (the morning after the night before my boss told me I should stop supporting Liverpool because it could never get that good again - so far, it hasn't), painful to think of what has happened since.
The book is written by Guillem Balague, a Spanish journalist who is a Liverpool fan and an admirer of Rafa Benitez. His subject is 2004/05, Rafa's first season in charge culminating in a highly improbable victory. His style is to alternate chapters covering the final in detail with "flashback" chapters covering the highs and lows of the season from Rafa's appointment onward.
It will not be controversial to say that Ballague is pro-Benitez and highly critical of his predecessor, Gerard Houlier. His style is easy to read and liberally supplemented with numerous quotes from insiders.
The revised version contains two supplementary chapters covering the 05/06 season culminating in the "Gerrard Final" in the FA cup.