HITC speaks to Liverpool fan James Hodgkins, who has been a supporter for 28 years.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after Villarreal's Bruno scores an own goal and the first for Liverpool
Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?
A: Impressive application and unity from first kick to last. Fitness levels are outstanding, so is the style of play.
Q: What are your opinions on your manager?
A: Everything that we could have wished for. Jurgen Klopp understands the club culture, matches the fans’ passion on the touchline and has implemented a style of play that all players appear to have adopted.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
Q: What are your views on the board?
A: Recently they backed Brendan Rodgers (who I still believe should have been afforded more time), and Jurgen Klopp in the transfer market and have overseen the redevelopment of the stadium – maintaining Anfield’s character in the process. FSG have been a huge improvement on the previous owners, and chairman Tom Werner seems to genuinely care about the club.
Q: Who is your favourite current player?
A: Daniel Sturridge – I hope he can remain a regular feature throughout the Klopp regime.
Q: Who is your favourite ever player?
A: Steven Gerrard or Luis Garcia
Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy
Q: What has been your best memory of the club?
A: The Champions League success in 2005, or the 2001-02 Houllier treble wining season.
Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?
A: The struggles of the Graeme Souness era in the early 1990s
Q: What has been your most shocking moment?
A: On the pitch: Djimi Traore’s own-goal against Burnley in the League Cup. Off the pitch: The constant injustices for the 96.
Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground
A: Steven Gerrard’s late goal against Olympiakos in the Champions League group stage, December 2004. A fine strike from outside of the box, as we needed victory to progress from the group (ultimately we won that season’s Champions League). The best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard winner v Olympiakos - 2004/5
Q: Which ground is your most favourite away day?
A: I’ve always enjoyed Villa Park.
Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?
A: Manchester United – mainly due to the historical rivalry and long-term successes of both clubs. I feel more tension at these games compared to the Everton derby games.
Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?
A: Best – Joel Matip. Worst – Ragnar Klavan
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Joel Matip after the game
Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?
A: Marko Grujic – definitely a talent
Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?
A: Yan Dhanda – Only 17 years old but has outstanding technique and is a huge prospect for the future. Plays anywhere behind a striker and is a free-kick specialist.
Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?
A: Hopefully left-back.
Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action
Q: Finally, what are you aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?
A: Aims – a trophy. I think Liverpool will finish top 3, qualify for the Champions League and maybe win a domestic trophy too.
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