HITC speaks to Liverpool fan Adam Washbrook, who's been a supporter for 15 years.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates
Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?
A: It’s been brilliant. Even at our worst, we’ve looked better than most sides in the league, and better than we have for much of my lifetime. We’ve looked sharp, scored (many) great goals, and have slowly improved defensively. There’s very few problems I could have with Liverpool at this point in the season.
Q: What are your opinions on your manager?
A: He’s up there with the best in the world, and I think that is another thing that is slowly becoming more and more difficult to question. He did his reputation no harm guiding us to two cup finals last year, especially with a team that wasn’t really his own. His ideology for the game is fantastic, and his character is phenomenal. He’s one of the most down to earth men in the game, and he could become one of our most successful managers in history.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
Q: What are your views on the board?
A: That’s a more difficult one. Fenway Sports Group have done some wonderful things for the club; they’ve guided us from some terrible times to some of the best in the space of just a few years. Nonetheless, despite the new stand, the huge money invested, the generally good selection of staff hired, some still question their commitment. They’ve done superb things for the club but I imagine – as a business group – they would be open to the Chinese investment that has been rumoured. Though that wouldn’t really be a problem, the main issue is their focus for the club. Seeing Suarez sold raised questions as to whether it was the best for footballing matters or business matters, and I think that’s an issue that’s still debatable.
Q: Who is your favourite current player?
A: Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has a shot at goal
Q: Who is your favourite ever player?
A: Luis Suarez. Many would say it has to be Gerrard, but Suarez brought some of the best football I’ve seen in my lifetime. A hat-tip to Torres, Carragher, and Luis Garcia, too.
Q: What has been your best memory of the club?
A: Winning the Champions League in Istanbul.
Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?
A: Failing to win the league under Brendan Rodgers. We deserved it, in that magical season.
Picture Supplied by Action Images - Brendan Rodgers and Luis Suarez at Liverpool
Q: What has been your most shocking moment?
A: Gerrard’s red card against Manchester United, only a few games before leaving. It was shocking, and just left a horrible bitter taste in the mouth which for some time will leave a scar on his great career with us.
Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground
A: Gerrard, against Everton in 2012. Any of his hat-trick that day will suffice, they were all equally sweet.
Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?
A: Arsenal have a wonderful stadium. Despite the cost.
General view of the Emirates Stadium
Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?
A: Manchester United – it goes without saying. The league titles, the trophy count, the fanfare, the atmosphere. It’s incredible.
Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?
A: The best has to be Mane. He’s added pace, width, versatility, all of which we were lacking, plus his guile is unbelievable. The worst… I have to give to Alex Manninger, simply because he hasn’t played. Though I do believe his acquisition makes plenty of sense.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action
Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?
A: For the sake of variation, I’ll give this to Joel Matip. As a free signing, I think he’ll go down as one of the most shrewd signings of the summer.
Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?
A: Ben Woodburn. He might not play an awful lot, but he’s hugely talented and was a joy to watch in pre-season. He’s been quality for the youth team, and has bags of talent. Remember the name.
Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring
Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?
A: In attack, due to Coutinho’s injury and Sturridge’s inconsistency. I think there’s more depth needed in defence, but that will probably wait until the summer.
Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?
A: Returning to the Champions League has to be the aim, but we’ve got everything in place for a title charge. A good signing in January, mixed with a return to form for Sturridge and a bit of luck in the injury department would mean there’s no glass ceiling.
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