Liverpool: A View From The Cottage
As part of Vital Liverpool's build-up to the Premier League clash with Fulham we've interviewed an opposition fan for their thoughts on the game...
Sunday's Premier League encounter between Fulham and Liverpool sees a 7th placed Reds side travel to the capital to play their latest fixture.
In reality, with only two games remaining this season, neither side has anything left to play for. Although The Cottagers are not yet mathematically safe despite currently lying 12th in the table.
Both will be eager to end the campaign on a high however and Liverpool will hold fond memories of winning the previous encounter in December 4-0 at Anfield.
Andrew Joyce of Vital Fulham gives his opinion on the game, amongst other things, below...
Q. How has your season gone so far?
Well it was going reasonably well, despite us losing some of our star players in the summer (Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey). But just recently we've hit a brick wall, whereby we just can't get a result. It seems, to me, as if we've been stuck on that proverbial safety target of 40 points, for an age, whilst other teams creep up on us. I'm fairly certain we won't go down but it has still been a harrowing experience.
Q. What are your hopes for the rest of the campaign & where do you see yourselves finishing in the league?
Just to get a win, after our recent horrific run, would be nice but, to be brutally honest, I just want the season over and done with so we can stat afresh next time.
Q. Who are the Newcastle players we should watch out for?
I'll go for Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov. Both are exquisite talents but in different ways. Ruiz can provide the unexpected defence splitting ball whilst Berbatov, as you well know, can score from the most innocent of situations. Elsewhere, I reckon John Arne Riise will be looking forward to the game as well, for obvious reasons [the Norwegian left-back played for Liverpool between 2001-08].
Q. What have you made of Liverpool so far this season?
A bit stop and start, better at home than away but capable of putting in a match winning performance against anyone. Perhaps the word I'm looking for is inconsistent.
Q. Do you believe Brendan Rodgers will prove to be a success at Anfield?
Given those two valuable commodities of time and money, I see no reason why not. Looking in from the outside it appears that you, as a club, are turning the corner. But whether the first of those aforementioned commodities is afforded to Brendan remains to be seen.
Q. Which Liverpool player(s) do you rate the most and why?
Luis Suarez - He deserves a bigger stage, something you might not like to hear, he'd grace the Champions League given the chance. But, he's got to learn to curb that temper, it'll be his undoing one day!
Q. What is your probable line up for the game & how do you think you can be successful against Liverpool?
I reckon that Martin Jol could go with the following starting eleven: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Emanuelson, Enoh, Kacaniklic, Ruiz and Berbatov.
As for a winning plan, let's just say that I'm glad we're playing at home and not away!
Q. If you could pick a team from both squads what would your starting X1 be?
Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Skrtel, Johnson, Gerrard, Sidwell, Courtinho, Ruiz, Suarez, Berbatov.
Q. What's your prediction for the result?
Seeing as we're at home, I'll go for a 1-0 Fulham win!
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