Liverpool: The View From St James' Park
As part of our build-up to Liverpool's hosting of Newcastle United this weekend we've interviewed a fan of the opposition for their thoughts on the game...
Sunday's encounter at Anfield marks the end of a dramatic Premier League season for both Liverpool and Newcastle United.
Victory for the Reds will guarantee them second place and they could even snatch an unlikely title if leaders Manchester City lose against West Ham United.
The Magpies meanwhile are guaranteed a top-half finish despite a traumatic campaign both on and off the field.
To discuss this, the game and plenty more besides, we're joined by Talk of the Tyne's outspoken editor Mark Robson...
Q. How did you become a Newcastle fan and what has been your favourite memory following the club so far?
A case of following in the family footsteps. Born and bred on the banks of the river Tyne, the pull of the club as a social point or the 'cathedral' on the hill just draws you in. Plenty of memories over the years with all having a different personal meaning but the best time for us was when Kevin Keegan came back to manage the club. Anything was possible and would have been, if not for the club being a limited company.
Q. How do you rate your current season?
I would rate it different to how the media portray it. On paper they have us exactly where they think we should finish but the bigger picture is missed in that there are very few fans enjoying the Mike Ashley era of using the club to advertise and better his Sports tat company. The likes of ambition, honour, dignity and pride have been stripped away enough for many to walk away from the club.
We don't want to exist just to earn the Premier League riches to line his pocket for the minimum investment possible or have lie after lie spouted to the fans that the 3rd best attended club in the country can't compete financially with the likes of Stoke City, Southampton or West Ham United.
We want an honest club run to the best of our ability, so on that basis I'd rate the season as an utter shambles with the actual results meaningless. The banners on Sunday will back this up.
Q. Will Alan Pardew still be in charge at the start of next season?
A vital part of the Ashley conveyor belt of corruption. The only way Pardew will be sacked is if Ashley uncharacteristically decides to run us like a proper club or if he thinks that it will calm everyone down or drop the protests. Apart from that, the bloke is an utter buffoon and completely out of his depth. His tactics are an utter piss take.
Q. Who are the Newcastle players in form that we should watch out for in this game?
Absolutely no-one. Loic Remy may bust a gut to earn a permanent move for when his loan ends but with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa dropped, the rest have either given up playing for Pardew or too busy thinking of the beach.
Q. What have you made of Liverpool this season?
Apart from a little bit of surprise, a really good side to watch with a hint of our entertainers side about them. Not much but a hint.
An addition of 2 or 3 players will see them up there again next year.
Q. Which Liverpool player(s) do you rate the most and why?
This is too easy of a question to answer because 'you know who' has been phenomenal this year, when you take into consideration all the biting hassle and the ban. I'm not saying he's single handedly carried you to the top but he's been the complete forward.
Apart from him, I think the likes of Jordan Henderson have came into their own this year.
Q. If you could pick a starting eleven from the two squads who would be in it?
On current form I'd put none of ours in it but on potential or past form, I'd have Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa and Remy in.
My XI: Krul, Debuchy, Skrtel, Coloccini, Johnson, Tiote, Gerrard, Henderson, Ben Arfa, Remy, Suarez.
Q. What is your probable line-up and tactical approach for the game?
Our line up could be anything and the approach will be the usual negative crap that Pardew plays. Ive a sneaky feeling that Ben Arfa may be brought back in to appease Pardew from the fan grief but that's a gimme and nowt will stop that.
Predicted XI: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Gosling, Gouffran, Remy, Shola Ameobi.
Q. What's your prediction for the result?
I reckon we'll be competitive for the first 20 mins or so but once yous score, that'll be it. Head says 5-1 but i'll predict a 3 or 4-2 to you lot.
So that's what he thinks, how about you? Let us know your thoughts on the game below or vote in our poll to the right...
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