Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Friday September 27 2013
As part of Vital Liverpool's buildup to the Premier League clash with Sunderland we've interviewed a Black Cats fan for their thoughts on the game...
Sunday's trip to Wearside sees 5th placed Liverpool face bottom side Sunderland.
The visitors will be looking to bounce back from a midweek Capital One Cup exit while the hosts will hope the removal of their manager yields a first league win of the season.
So who will have the upper hand come the final whistle? Vital Sunderland's Jo Grant gives his thoughts on this and plenty more besides below:
Q. How has your season started?
Amazingly badly, there are signs that we have players that can play, but the leadership has been somewhat lacking. Hopefully that will be addressed over the next week or two.
Q. Paolo Di Canio - Draconian nut job or misunderstood maverick?
I was one of those who didn't want him here in the first place; I saw signs of what he was like at Swindon.. Definite nut job.
Q. What are your hopes for the season as a whole now?
I hope that first and foremost a lot of thought goes into who is going to be the next man in charge and then go on from there, but if I was offered mid-table and the season ended now, I'd take it.
Q. Where do you see yourselves finishing in the league?
We need the right manager and then it's down to him, but mid-table and a couple of good cup runs would suit me. Save the winning stuff until next season.
Q. Who are the Sunderland player(s) we should look out for?
It's forwards that do the damage in football games and we have a couple of players capable of scoring when they are on form and that's Emanuele Giaccherini and Steven Fletcher. Sadly, Fletcher is injured but by buying Giaccherini, who cost the club six and a half million, Di Canio might have actually got something right during his abrupt stay. He's an Italian international as you probably know and he has scored twice so far this season. There are a lot more goals to come from him, but he needs the right service as proved on Tuesday against Peterborough, if someone sets them up, he'll put them away.
Q. What have you made of Liverpool so far this season?
You made a cracking start and it looked like you were going to make a bit of an early assault for the top of the table, then things went a bit wrong. I was surprised you lost at home to Southampton, but now you have old Horse Teeth back in the side you will win a few more.
Q. Where do you see Liverpool ending up in the league?
I think you'll have a pretty good season, can't see you winning the league but 4th or 5th place should be possible.
Q. Which Liverpool player(s) do you rate the most and why?
Luis Suarez of course, you can't go into a game and not be ready for him. He's a class act and one of the best finishers I have ever seen, he has a magic touch. I also like Daniel Sturridge, what a player he is. Nothing seems to faze him and he needs no lessons in finishing, brilliant player. Steven Gerrard can't go without a mention when you talk about Liverpool.
Q. How do you think you can be successful against Liverpool?
By biting at you every time you get the ball and just don't let any player settle with the ball for more than a few seconds. And keep Sturridge and Suarez well marked.... That's after we've scored an early goal and parked the bus.
Q. What's your prediction for the result?
I'd be surprised if we win to be honest, but the lads will play better for Kevin Ball than they did for Di Canio so I'd have to go for a 1-1 draw.
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Date:Friday September 27 2013
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