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Liverpool Fan Interview Ahead Of Monday Night

Vital Villa's interview with RafaTheGaffer from Vital Liverpool

1) So mixed start to the season, you REALLY think this year could be your year for the Prem?

Absolutely, but then again every year is our year! I don't see that any of the top 4 have strengthened to any great degree, and the Mancs losing Ronaldo is a huge loss. It going to be very tight this year.

2) Is it true that most Liverpool fans would prefer to win the League than the Champions league or is that press guff?!

Absolutely, for once the press are right. The vast majority of the fans want the league title. It's been a long time since we won it, and with those pesky Mancs equaling our record, we all want the league title. We wouldn't bemoan the Champions League as well though!

3) Rafa Benitez, seems to be very popular with you folks, not so admire by away fans. Fair comment? Do you think - amidst all the continuing speculation - that you are really in danger of losing him? If you did lose him, what would the mood be and who would you expect in his place?

With the clowns we have in charge at the club at the moment, anything can happen, especially if it makes them a buck or two. The feeling around Liverpool is quite mixed about Benitez. Most love him, some actually hate him, but even those seem to think that he's our best hope of stability. To be honest, other fans views don't bother me too much when it comes to Benitez.

4) Your owners... total arses ... yes or no!?

Do you want a swap! Is that a good enough answer?

5) What is your opinion of Aston Villa and Martin O'Neill?

Always liked Villa. Used to go quite a lot when I was in training at RAF Cosford in the '80's. Wouldn't say I have a soft spot, but I haven't met a Villa fan I don't like - yet! ;-) As for Martin O'Neill. I have a lot of respect for him. He's obviously a top manager, and can get the best out of a team. He was also linked with us before Benitez took over, and he would have done a good job. I'm just slightly unsure about him in the transfer market. Most of his buys seem OK type players but not world beaters. That is also down to money, so not all his fault.

6) If you could have one of our players, who would it be and why? We'd happily sell you Marlon Harewood for 10m!

Straight swap for Voronin and your on! I'd take Ashley Young. I rate him very highly.

7) Who should Villa fear in your line up?

We only have Torres and Gerrard, so the press say. But Kuyt has been in great form and is finding a lot of space and a good partnership with Johnson, so he'd be my one to look out for.

8) Do you fear Man City's big spending might affect the top four and do you think any other club including Villa and Spurs might mount a threat also?

I think the gap will be a lot closer than it was last season, but I honestly don't see anyone breaking into the top 4 this season. Citeh may do it next season. I think it will be a struggle for Villa to challenge like they did until March last year. I think O'Neill will be under pressure to play stronger teams in Europe than he did last year.

9) Go on then, lets have your prediction... you going to rub more salt in the wound after the mauling of last year? :o(

2-1 to us. Last year was a bit of a freak result!

I would wish you luck, but you know I'd be lying!

Indeed!

With thanks to RafaTheGaffer from Vital Liverpool: www.liverpool.vitalfootball.co.uk Dan Jones from Vital Villa does the Liverpool interview: Click Here



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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 21 2009

Time: 2:36PM

Your Comments

Gulp! How a win would turn everythin around!!
astonsteve
Gulp! How a win would turn everythin around!!
astonsteve
I would take 2-1 right now
young_jonah
I would take 2-1 right now
young_jonah
Last seasons game was strange, if we'd gone in it half-time in the lead no-one could have complained. I was genuinely hopeful we could do something there. This time round though... eek!
Sheriff Kimbo
Last seasons game was strange, if we'd gone in it half-time in the lead no-one could have complained. I was genuinely hopeful we could do something there. This time round though... eek!
Sheriff Kimbo
2-1 another one who hasn't cottoned on to just how bad we are , unless he's just being nice of course. I mean who is going to score a goal for us ?
villan57
2-1 another one who hasn't cottoned on to just how bad we are , unless he's just being nice of course. I mean who is going to score a goal for us ?
villan57
To Villan57. Heskey of course! Bad runs always come to an end, and most keepers play blinders at Anfield. Must be something to do with us applauding them into the Kop goal.
RafaTheGaffer
To Villan57. Heskey of course! Bad runs always come to an end, and most keepers play blinders at Anfield. Must be something to do with us applauding them into the Kop goal.
RafaTheGaffer
"He's obviously a top manager, and can get the best out of a team." Strange how this myth has managed to persist despite all evidence to the contrary. Every visiting fan wants Ashley Young, massively overated in my book.
Saurat
"He's obviously a top manager, and can get the best out of a team." Strange how this myth has managed to persist despite all evidence to the contrary. Every visiting fan wants Ashley Young, massively overated in my book.
Saurat
i am usually confident going into every game,but at the moment i just can`t be,if carew is out again we are going to get *****ed.saurat-all evidence to the contrary,in fact all the evidence backs it up,its only your opinion that is to the contrary,so please don`t confuse it with fact.
lerneravfc
i am usually confident going into every game,but at the moment i just can`t be,if carew is out again we are going to get *****ed.saurat-all evidence to the contrary,in fact all the evidence backs it up,its only your opinion that is to the contrary,so please don`t confuse it with fact.
lerneravfc
I think Ashley Young needs the right formation. In a 4-4-2 he's too restrained. in a 4-5-1 it depends on the game. If you are bombing forward, great, otherwise it's back to defence (same problem with 4-4-2). The way Liverpool play with a 4-2-3-1 with the centre midfielders covers the wings, I think he would be superb. I see a perfect fit into our system, but not necessarily into yours.
RafaTheGaffer
I think Ashley Young needs the right formation. In a 4-4-2 he's too restrained. in a 4-5-1 it depends on the game. If you are bombing forward, great, otherwise it's back to defence (same problem with 4-4-2). The way Liverpool play with a 4-2-3-1 with the centre midfielders covers the wings, I think he would be superb. I see a perfect fit into our system, but not necessarily into yours.
RafaTheGaffer
not often I'd be happy with a draw, but a 0-0 would be great right now!
the fear
not often I'd be happy with a draw, but a 0-0 would be great right now!
the fear
Dan Jones from Vital Villa does the Liverpool interview: Click Here
the fear
Dan Jones from Vital Villa does the Liverpool interview: Click Here
the fear
We will win. The rule is this: when you expect a result from Villa, we do the opposite. Wigen, expect a win, we lose. Vienna the same. Or we just lose.
olofthegreat
We will win. The rule is this: when you expect a result from Villa, we do the opposite. Wigen, expect a win, we lose. Vienna the same. Or we just lose.
olofthegreat
got to agree with rafa the gaffa about young tbh he is to restrained in that 442 formation, i do feel that 451 would be betta for him and milner and for the team. I disagree with dan jones who did our interview though we wont get batterd 5-0 i reckon it will be 3-0 3-1? id be very happy with a draw.
p.villa
got to agree with rafa the gaffa about young tbh he is to restrained in that 442 formation, i do feel that 451 would be betta for him and milner and for the team. I disagree with dan jones who did our interview though we wont get batterd 5-0 i reckon it will be 3-0 3-1? id be very happy with a draw.
p.villa
rafathegaffa , Ashley is a bigger diver than Gerrard, he hasn't played well this for months . we have 2 wins in 18 games and still people seem to see O'Neill as a top manager. If Liverpool won 2 in 18 Benitez would be gone would he not? Those 2 being 1-0 wins over Hull and Newcastle at home!
villan57
rafathegaffa , Ashley is a bigger diver than Gerrard, he hasn't played well this for months . we have 2 wins in 18 games and still people seem to see O'Neill as a top manager. If Liverpool won 2 in 18 Benitez would be gone would he not? Those 2 being 1-0 wins over Hull and Newcastle at home!
villan57
7-0
ant1ant1
7-0
ant1ant1
 

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