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This week, Tom speaks with LFC fanatic Karl Matchett as he tells TBT about his first ever LFC game experience as well as his thoughts on where we’ll finish domestically in the league and the pros and cons of what could come of it as well as much more.
First Liverpool game attended & what do you remember from this game?
My first match was in March 1989. I was at Anfield for the game vs. Derby County, which we won 1-0 with an early goal from John Barnes. All I can really remember (I was five) was everybody celebrating straight after the match started when the goal went in, and meeting Barnes the day beforehand in the car park when I went for a bit of a stadium tour. Touching the “This Is Anfield” sign, meeting Barnes and learning Bruce Grobbelaar’s names were the stand-outs!
What opposition player would you have dreamt seen wear a LFC jersey that never did?
Marcel Desailly. In his prime he was the best defender I’ve seen. Strong, fast, great on the ball, good in the air and on the floor, and a real leader. Terrific player.
Ultimate team of the past?
Going purely on players I have been able to watch and none who are still Reds now: Grobbelaar, Babbel, Hyypia, Hansen, Nicol, McManaman, Alonso, Molby, Barnes, Fowler, Torres.
Redevelopment of Anfield or new stadium?
Everything points toward match-day contribution per seat not being high enough to warrant an entirely new stadium. If the redevelopment can be done properly and has capacity for further expansion down the line, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be utterly positive for LFC.
What area of the squad needs improving?
Left-back, central midfield, left-back, up front if we continue with two centre-forwards…and left-back.
Realistic aim for 2013/2014 season (League Finish, Cup Runs etc…)?
It’s realistic to expect Liverpool to finish in the top four, although also important to remember that that doesn’t necessary mean that we will. However, if we don’t do it this year, I can see it being another hard couple of seasons before we can make another decent attempt—everything outside of the club is as much in favour of Liverpool this season as it’s going to be. We have to take advantage of City, United, Spurs, Chelsea all having new managers, new systems, new players etc. and make sure we finish in the top four. If we do that, we can bring in (and keep) more players who are capable of keeping us there. If we don’t manage it, we’re likely to face similar situations to Mkhitaryan, Costa et al summer after summer for some time yet.
All time favourite LFC shirt?
Silver Candy 88—89 shirt – my first one
All time worst LFC shirt?
Any of those green away kits. The quarter panels, white and green, were particularly atrocious.
Best grounds you’ve been too apart from Anfield?
Real Madrid and Barcelona. Massive.
Ultimate Team of your life
Your all time best Liverpool XI since you were born…
The only players to get into the team from above who are still Reds now would be Pepe Reina in goal, Gerrard in midfield ahead of Alonso and a very tight battle between Suarez and Torres to partner Fowler. I’ll go for Suarez.
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