Liverpool Pre Season: Good, bad or ugly?
Pre-season isn’t really about results, it’s about building fitness, and anyone who watches their side’s pre-season games will usually tell you that they are pretty tedious to watch. Nevertheless, ‘encouraging’ is the word that springs to mind. The match results weren’t great and we lacked cutting edge in the final third, but the team seemed to be adapting to Brendan Rodgers’ style of play pretty well and some of the young players were impressive. It’s also worth mentioning that we were without several key senior players, who were either recovering from the rigours of Euro 2012 or were on international duty at the Olympics.
Hopes for the season
After three poor seasons on the bounce, it would just be nice to see significant progress. A challenge for the top four is what every Liverpool fan is hoping for, but it will be difficult with so many good teams competing for four places. One thing that must improve is our home form.
Fears for the season
The team struggle to adapt to Brendan’s way of thinking, we hit the post more times than last season and both Luis Suarez and Lucas Leiva sustain long-term injuries. That is my idea of a catastrophe.
Absolute bare minimum you’ll accept
Progress is the bare minimum. Liverpool fans are a demanding bunch and will want to see results immediately, but Brendan Rodgers will need patience and the squad will need time to adjust to Brendan’s methods. As I said, getting back into the top four will be difficult. Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are the favourites to finish in the Champions League positions (as much as it pains me to say it!). Plus, you have the likes of Spurs and Newcastle who will also be in the mix.
Fixture you’re most looking forward to?
Manchester United at home, 23/9. By that point we’ll have already played City and Arsenal at home and will have a good idea of how the season is going to pan out.
Got the right manager?
Yes, I think so. So far, Brendan Rodgers has done nothing but impress me. He is certainly saying all the right things and there is no doubting that the man has class. It is very hard to explain, but Brendan has an aura about him and I think he genuinely understands the way of Liverpool FC. I like his ideas and philosophy of how football should be played. I just hope that, if results don’t go our way early on, the fans get behind him and the team. I think he is definitely the right man to take Liverpool forward, but he will need time and support. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
By Christmas you’ll be...
Hopefully still in the hunt for the top four, playing some attractive football and last season’s poor home form is all but forgotten!
Player you’d most like to sign
I really can’t see us making a ‘marquee’ signing this transfer window, so it’s a tough question. I think Liverpool need three or four more players in, maybe more if anyone else leaves, before the window closes. It sounds likely that Joe Allen will become a Liverpool player pretty soon and Clint Dempsey has also been hotly tipped to make the move from Fulham. We also will need to replace Andy Carroll and Daniel Agger, if the two do indeed leave Anfield. There is a lot of speculation over a possible loan signing too, which is interesting. A lot of Liverpool fans seem to be panicking over a lack of transfers, with just three weeks left of the transfer window. But come September 1st, I’m sure we will be ready. I hope...
Which player should we look out for?
As good as I thought Luis Suarez was last season, I think we might see an even better Luis Suarez this time round. Last season, I felt that he was often left isolated up front. I don’t think you will see the same under Rodgers. As part of a three-pronged attack, I would imagine that we will see the three attacking players interchanging positions, their movement causing the opposition defence problems. This style of play will suit Luis Suarez’s strengths and, in turn, we might see an even more dangerous player.
Which player would you love to ditch?
Despite his hard work and sheer determination, for me, Jay Spearing isn’t good enough to play at the top level. You cannot fault his attitude – he always puts in 110% effort – but in terms of ability, I don’t think he has what it takes. I certainly hope he can prove me wrong.
Opposition hate figure
Wayne Rooney. I’m certain you won’t find any Liverpool fans who will say they like Wayne Rooney.
Tell us something we don’t know about your club
There’s not a lot people don’t know about the history of Liverpool FC, but interestingly, the first team ever fielded by Liverpool was made up entirely of Scottish players.
What won’t happen this season?
We won’t hit the woodwork as many times as we did last season, surely not?
Not really a chant, but ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is the best song in football. Nothing beats it.
Where will you finish?
Being realistic, I think it’s a lot to ask of Brendan to get us into the top four in his first season. I’ll go for fifth.
Any other news?
Well we have made at least ten different bids for Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez, according to Twitter. Does that count?
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