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Talks Cheap - Q & A Liverpool

With City`s fiercely awaited clash against Liverpool approaching fast it was only a matter of time before the talk started. The Editor of respected fans forum Anfield Online John Dowling gives his opinion on the footballing matter.

A club so enriched with your history, trophies and support somehow managed to finish seventh in the Premier League Last Year. After being tipped as pre-season favourites for the title it must have come as a huge shock round Anfield, what factors contributed to such a poor showing?
Seventh place last season was a huge disappointment. There was very little personnel change from the season before when we got our highest ever Premier League points total, almost snatched the title, and put in our 3rd best league campaign in our entire history. Some people say losing Alonso was pivotal, but personally I feel the injuries to Torres, the disappointment at off the field antics and a lack of new players affected team morale. Liverpool last year was less about the football and more about the owners and directors war against the manager.

After Rafael Benitez finally left Liverpool your new managed was unveiled as Roy Hodgson. After such a successful stint at Fulham where do you think Uncle Roy can lead the club?
For me - I have my doubts. His CV doesn't impress me. I expect an eventual new Liverpool board to install a more succesful manager and I'm sure Roy will go on to manage England at some point. Clearly he was brought in to steady the ship and even fans like me who were slightly deflated on his appointment wish him all the very best.

Roy Hodgson`s first dilemna at Liverpool must have been the summer transfer window. With rumours of Torres, Gerrard and Mascherano leaving as well as no cash fund it must have been difficult to overlook. However, after looking like securing the futures of two of the three aforementioned players and acquiring talents such as Joe Cole you must be delighted?
Joe Cole, if fit, could be a good signing. He was a target for Liverpool since March under the previous manager. We have still lost a number of players in recent years that have not been replaced. We had a handful of proven strikers at one point now we have Torres - a player who still suffers with injuries. Our squad is still paper thin on quality as our bench will prove. Most Liverpool fans are aware that until the debt is lifted off the club then this won't be rectified.

With Hicks and Gillet still at the club there must have been some serious doubts over the clubs future. Nevertheless, with the owners looking to jump ship and instil wealthier owners in charge optimism must be growing?
The fans are hopeful the present owners are removed as swiftly as possible, primarily for their broken promises. We have had many false dawns about new owners over the past few years so I would imagine most fans will be relieved when the deal has been done.

After looking at City and witnessing what financial support can do to a club in terms of players this could be a serious step forward, but out of all of City`s talented stars which one would you like to see playing in front of the Kop?
Tevez last season would have been a great signing for us. The kind of player we were crying out for. He's not only got the skill but the physical side needed in the Premier League.

With this talent at our disposal surely City can improve on last season`s finish of 5th, as an opposing fan in which position do you believe City will end the campaign?
Difficult to guess. I'm not sure you've got the best manager that your wealth could allow. I would imagine City should finish top four. I can't see Spurs finishing there again and United, Arsenal and even ourselves are all lesser teams than a couple of seasons ago when we had a stranglehold.

On to the fixture. I`m quietly known as a betting man myself but I`d judge this as a tough game to call, if you were given £5 to place your bet what would you predict
Score draw. 1-1.

Finally, although we might not possess the rivalry of yourself and our distant neighbours there have been some great encounters between the clubs, which memory stands out to you as a personal favourite?
I remember a 6-0 victory back in the mid 90's at Anfield with Ian Rush and Fowler both scoring twice. The 3-2 win two seasons back was a great game. From being down and out we came back and Kuyt scored the winner at your ground. That fighting spirit summed up what was a brilliant league season for us.

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Date:Sunday August 22 2010

Time: 6:45PM

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to your current poll nil because you will get beat 2-0
Avfc94 we do
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22/08/2010 19:11:00

Avfc94 we do, you better get down the bookies then, try to recoup some of todays lost wager.
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22/08/2010 19:38:00

talks cheap buy you'll buy i tby the bucketful I'd guess!
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22/08/2010 19:51:00

0-0 is a possibility if both set up defensively, both us and Liverpool have been known to grind (ie, our fixtures last season). Torres and Gerrard are as always the main threats. For us, we must continue attempting to gel in our new players as we struggled to break down Timisoara's 11 man defence and if Liverpool park the bus we may have the same problems - although Balotelli and Johnson made a big difference against the Romanians so starting Balotelli ahead of Adebayor if fit may be a good option.
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22/08/2010 20:03:00

Merlin - ?
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22/08/2010 20:15:00

@Merlin Seems access to English texts books is cheap too, called Merlin, but couldn't magic up a coherent sentence...
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22/08/2010 21:12:00

Going to be a tough game but I am hoping for home ground advantage and a hard fought 2-1 to City.......
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22/08/2010 21:29:00

it's gonna be one of them games where 1 goal will decide it.... god i'm starting to sound like the Pillock Lowro now....
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22/08/2010 22:17:00

Hard to predict really - We are nowhere near a settled side, and despite another week's training under our belts the players will still not have an understanding of one another. Add to that the fact that we have two crocked LB's and one crocked first choice RB (I'm sure Kolarov and Boateng are a crucial part of Mancini's overall grand plan for us this season) and a possible debut for yet another new player (Milner) and we still look like a team in transition. Liverpool on the other hand are more settled, but lack strength in depth. The fact that Joe Cole is out will rob them of some creativity, and their striking options are pretty much limited to Torres and, uh, Torres. I suspect a draw will be the result, and would gladly take it. Once the team become settled we will put the fear of god into quite a few other sides, but at the moment we are vulnerable. Glad we've got Spurs out of the way, and Liverpool up next, as drawing or losing to a big side would not be as disastrous as a similar result against relegation fodder!
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23/08/2010 09:28:00

Tonight is going to be a nail-biter. Cracking interview Once a Blue.
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23/08/2010 09:42:00

Respect to John. Cut above many of the views we see on Man City in these hysterical days.
Johnny Baguette
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23/08/2010 10:27:00


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