Monday night sees us face a tough visit to Anfield. The Reds are on the up after three good results in a row whilst after the useful win over Wigan we’ll be looking to consolidate our position, tidily placed in third. We’re looking forward to the game, but what about those with a red bias though? I cornered a Koppite and posed him a few questions.
So who are you and why on earth do you support Liverpool?
My name’s James and I live on the outskirts of Watford (someone’s got to!) I support Liverpool because I’m a glory-hunting child of the late seventies and eighties. The full reason is slightly more complex but if I ever tell anyone I just get a knowing look, which is fair enough because I do exactly the same for any Man Utd fans who aren’t from Manchester.
What’s your take on Liverpool’s season so far?
About where I’d expect us to be although the lack of a cutting edge is obviously disappointing. We were only ever going to be in a battle for fourth at best; the fans that thought the return of KK meant we’d be in a battle for the league title were living in cloud cuckoo land (unusual for Liverpool fans I know). The best we could hope for was a bit of silverware in one of the domestic cups, mainly due to the fact that that’s all we’re in, and fourth.
King Kenny has gone from Scottish cheeky chappy to grumpy curmudgeon in less than a year. History tells us that he’s not far from succumbing to the pressure and walking away. Again. Fair assessment or not?
I’d have to say not. If you’ve read his autobiography you’ll see he’s always despised dealing with the press, in fact he’s doing remarkably well compared to his first stint. It’s just that, what with the advent of 24 hour rolling sports news etc, his exposure to it is exponentially more. You’ve also got to consider the non-football related pressure he was under last time, which led more to the subsequent events than anything on the pitch.
Biting an opponent, a World Cup goal line handball, the Ezra episode, more diving than around the Costa Concordia, Luis Suarez has amassed a fairly diverse list of convictions. What’s next for him do you think or is he just misunderstood?
I don’t think he’s quite the villain that most opposition fans think he is but he’s certainly no angel and needs to cut the theatrics out of his game if he wants to get a fair hand from the refs. Having said that I’ve seen him ride many fouls before when he could, and perhaps should, have gone down so I don’t think he’s quite as pathological about it as some might think. I must admit if I wasn’t a Liverpool fan I’d probably despise him but I leave my objectivity at the door when I visit Anfield. What’s next for him? The kidnap of a minor royal maybe or a re-release of Diamond Lights in a duet with John Terry?
The result at White Hart Lane was skewed by the sendings off, how optimistic are you though that the heavy defeat can be avenged?
Not very. Even before the sendings off you blew us off the park with the speed and accuracy of your passing and inter-play. Obviously this time it’s at Anfield and your record there doesn’t stand up to too much scrutiny but this is a different Spurs proposition than has been around in my living memory.
What are your impressions of Spurs this season?
Very good. You’re my dark horse for the title. If you can keep Modric, Parker and Bale fit and get King playing more often than not then you’re in with a good chance in my humble opinion. I’ll certainly be cheering you on – to paraphrase Mr. Keegan: I would just love it if you beat the Mancs to the title!
A few quick ones –
Andy Carroll or Fernando Torres?
Well, as a Liverpool fan, I should say Carroll as Torres is no longer our player but give me Torres in his pomp over our Andy any day.
The Beatles or the Dave Clark Five
I’m too much of a spring chicken to know too much about the Dave Clark Five so will have to go with the Beatles
Jude Law or Clive Owen
And finally, a prediction please.
Sounds like it’s going to be a thriller! Thank you James.
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