Inside Anfield

Wednesday 6 November 2013 10:15

Liverpool fan Tim Frier assesses his team's season so far and looks ahead to Saturday’s Anfield fixture with Fulham.

What have you made of Liverpool's start to the season?

I'm pleased with our start - for the past few seasons we've been well out of the running by Christmas so it's great to see us up there 10 games in. On paper we've had a fairly easy start, but in the last few seasons we've struggled to win a lot of those so-called easier games. I thought we'd struggle to get goals in the first few games when Luis Suarez was out but Daniel Sturridge has been in great form.

Are you pleased with how things are going under Brendan Rodgers?

Yes, he's done a good job so far. We're slowly starting to see his team take shape and play the style of football that served him so well at Swansea City. He's made some good signings, like Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, who have helped the team play a more fluid passing game.

What have you made of his summer signings?

Kolo Toure is the stand-out signing for me. I expected him to provide cover for Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, but he's kept them both out of the team at times. We've bought in Mamadou Sakho and Aly Cissokho who've provided more competition for places in defence, which can only be a good thing.  For me, the jury is still out on Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. They both looked lively in the pre-season game at Preston North End, but we've not seen a great deal of spark since then. Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, looks to be a good signing, too. He's given us a bit more depth in our squad and has the skills to change a game.

How important was it to keep Suarez?

It was more important than any other business this summer. He's world class and I don't think we could replace him. He's proved his worth already in the five games he's played this season with six goals and two assists. I hope he's a Liverpool player for years to come.

What do you feel is a realistic ambition for Liverpool this season?

If you look at our squad then I'd say, realistically, we'll finish around sixth but us Liverpool fans are known for our optimism so we've got to be aiming for top four. If we can keep Suarez in January and then get back in the UEFA Champions League next season I'll be a very happy Red!

Which players have impressed you for the Reds this term?

Sturridge and Suarez have been linking up really well and scoring goals. The last game I went to was the West Bromwich Albion match - Suarez created two of his goals from nothing and Sturridge's sublime chip was a contender for goal of the month (although I admit Pajtim Kasami's volley was better!). Coutinho got off to a flying start this season before his injury. Toure has looked solid. Simon Mignolet saved us a few points early on in the season, so we've had players who've impressed all over the pitch.

Which Fulham player will you be most wary of at Anfield?

After his wonder goal against Palace, it's got to be Kasami. He looks a great prospect. Other than Kasami, I hope John Arne Riise gets a game - if he does, then I'm sure the Kop will give him a great welcome back.

What's the best and worst thing about a trip to Anfield?

I know it's predictable but seeing and hearing the Kop in full voice singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' has got to be one of the best experiences in world football (although, admittedly, I am slightly biased). The flip side of having an atmospheric old stadium is the facilities - go for your half-time pie, pee and pint nice and early or you'll be queuing up well into the second half!

Apart from the obvious ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’, what one song are we bound to hear the home fans sing?

After all the 'will he, won't he' talk in the summer, Suarez is back in the good books so you're likely to hear his song to the tune of 'Just Can't Get Enough' by Depeche Mode.

His name is Suarez, he wears the famous Red,

I just can't get enough, I just can't get enough,

When he scores a volley or scores with his head,

I just can’t get enough, I just can't get enough,

He scores a goal and the Kop go wild,

And I just can't seem to get enough Suarez,

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do,

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do,

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do,

Luis Suarez!

Where's the best place for away fans to grab a pint before the game?

The Arkles is great if you like a bit of pre-match banter with your pint - there's usually a good mix of home and away fans. If you want a brief history lesson (but not see so many away shirts) then head to The Sandon, the place where Liverpool FC held its meetings in the early days of the club and which was often used as a changing room for both Liverpool and Everton players.

Finally, what's your score prediction for the match?

I’m going for 3-1 to the Reds.