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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Liverpool fan on Suarez, Gerrard winning the league and Dalglish

Whilst there has been bad feeling between Liverpool and United for some time, it’s hard to remember the last time there was as much hatred between us as there was last season. After Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, their club disgracefully stuck by him, continuing to stick their head in the sand and pretending he’d done no wrong. The situation became even worse when Suarez then refused to shake Evra’s hand the next time he faced him. Fortunately, Suarez, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Ayre apologised for this, only for those ridiculous scousers to start coming out with conspiracy theories and freeze frames trying to show that Evra was in the wrong, again.

Thankfully, not all Liverpool fans are mental and Rob Marrs, from the excellent football blog Left Back In The Changing Room, has taken some time to talk to us about what the future holds for Liverpool.

Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class this as a successful one?

Rob Marrs: A top five finish, a Cup, playing some decent football and being on the back pages rather than the front. I’d say top four but we’ve fallen back over the last couple of years and all our competitors have strengthened (Arsenal with Cazorla, Chelsea with Hazard, Spurs with their new manager).

STR: How do you feel about your club’s business in the transfer window this summer?

RM: Mixed. I’m happy with Borini and, to a lesser extent, Allen. Allen’s decent but the amount of money is a lot. I’m less happy that Aquilani has gone without ever getting an extended run and equally unhappy Maxi has left. If we keep Agger and Skrtel I’ll be very happy.

STR: Who do you think will be your most important player this season?

RM: Lucas Leiva. We missed him so much after he was injured last year – the midfield lost solidity and the centre-backs were less well protected. If he comes back fully fit, we’ll be a lot better off.

STR: How do you rate your manager’s ability to take your club forward?

RM: I like his philosophy and I like his manner. I just want him to be given time to mould an ethos, philosophy and style. Even if he has a bad season next year we need to stick with someone – I hate the fact that we’ve become one of those clubs that sack a manager every season.

STR: Has Dalglish tarnished his reputation with his poor second stint in charge?

RM: No. He’s our greatest ever player, a double winning manager and – more importantly – was a colossus for many in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. I’ve said before to Manchester United fans: imagine Sir Bobby Charlton (in my view, your finest ever player) and Sir Matt Busby (one of your great managers and such a huge and important figure post-Munich Air Disaster) rolled into one. That’s how most Liverpool fans feel about Dalglish. Hell, last season he got us to an FA Cup Final (knocking out Manchester United and Everton on the way) and won a trophy… although the league was hellish. Next time he’s back at Anfield the place will go bonkers for him.

STR: What do you make of the club’s handling of Luis Suarez?

RM: I think we handled the Suarez-Evra incident poorly. It was right and proper to defend the player (everyone is innocent until proven guilty, after all) but I thought some of the club’s communications, actions and behaviour were misjudged. Suarez is clearly a very fine footballer. I’m happy that he’s signed a new contract but I was extremely disappointed by his behaviour at points last season and by how we handled him.

STR: But your players and manager were wearing the t-shirts and the club continued to claim he had done no wrong even after he had been found guilty, don’t forget. Anyway, on to something lighter. Will Gerrard ever win the Premier League?

RM: Yes. Of course! Next year is our year…

STR: Ha, ok, seriously, who do you think will win the league this season?

RM: In this segment last year I said Manchester United had the manager but not the players and Manchester City had the players but not the manager and put my money on the red side of Manchester. This year I think City might edge it – the first title is always the hardest after all. If Manchester United manage to prize RvP away from Arsenal I reserve the right to change my mind!

STR: Cheers mate.

Read the excellent football blog Left Back In The Changing Room and follow Rob on Twitter.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. tomDAbomb says:

    fucking scouse prick

  2. Costas says:

    Heh, Rob always talks a lot of sense.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    StR Feeling his Oats today. This is better than his twitter feed….. and that’s saying something.

    Remember similar last year in the lead up to the opener. Oh the pressure to get the view from the enemy.

    Good on ya Scott!

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Then again…..another view is that it is all for spite………… trying to keep poor Balaji down ;)

  5. Zibbie says:

    wow STR what a blog!




    SAT THE PL STARTS!!!!!!!

  6. utd_fc says:

    a Scouser who actually talks sense?! Agrees that the Ratface incident was handled poorly?!

    God damn what is the world coming to

  7. Zibbie says:

    It’s an Indian thing, tell STR you can make your own salt. :mrgreen: sad 1/2 my knowledge of India comes from 3 movies, Jungle Book, Gandhi, Slum Dog…….

  8. Zibbie says:

    Rob has been here before, talks sense

    I hate that I like Rogers, fuck I hope they do not get Dempsey.

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    7……8…….responses. Right then. About time for a new topic then…..

    Scott? …… Yo Scott?!

    Just kidding. This is fun.

  10. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Great job, Rob!

    You’re probably one of the few scousers (No offense.) that always talk sense and your blog is always worth a read. Realistic expectations and you could possibly meet them as well. I agree that Brendan Rodgers deserves time. In fact, I was talking to one of my Liverpool mates and we both agreed that sacking Dalglish was a wrong move. I think Kenny let everybody down with his handling of the Suarez affair. Still, a cup victory and you get sacked, that doesn’t sound right to me, and I hate Kenny with all my heart.

    So, it will be interesting to see what Rodgers achieves this season and whether he is given time to bed his ideals in.

  11. Jim G says:

    Re: tomDAbomb…. What a delightful turn of phrase. Your mom must be very proud.

    ps. Just because someone agrees the Suarez incident was handled poorly by the club, it doesn’t necessarily mean they agree with the FA verdict!!!!!

  12. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    Journalist: — Roberto, Manchester United have just completed the deal for Van Persie, was City ever interested.

    Mancini: —- No, Issa too much monies, the market issa crazy, we try make good players not buy them, I speak to Brian and he say no no so Robin will never play for this club again.

    Journalist: —- Roberto, how does this affect City’s chances of retaining the league?

    Mancini: — No issa over, they have to play ah 36 easy games and half at Old Trafford, Issa unfair !

    What a scoop

  13. DreadedRed says:

    Rob Marrs is one of the best bloggers on the net.
    Intelligent, erudite and broad-minded; his blog is always worth reading.

    Suarez is a despicable racist.
    Moronic, narrow-minded and selfish; his views are lies, a calculated attempt at self-defense.
    As long as he stays a LFC without offering an abject apology I will know that LFC believe that the ends justify the means and that winning is the only thing that matters. They remain base, without morals or decency. Wake up LFC!

  14. Rob Marrs says:

    Thanks, all, for your comments – even you tomdaboomb.

    I wrote two things on Suarez and Evra last year (which may or may not be of interest).

    The first was in the immediate aftermath:

    Obviously, we now know things about this case that we didn’t know two days after the fact so if you do read that piece that might be useful to keep in mind.

    The second piece was written in the aftermath of the verdict:

    The caveat to this piece is that it was published before the evidence had been published. Therefore, there are caveats throughout such as ”without seeing the evidence I can’t comment”.

    Not trying to duck and dive rather explaining the context of those pieces. I hope they clear up my views.

    Thanks, again, Scott.

  15. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    I don’t think you’re a Liverpool fan? You talk too much sense! Serious now, nice article mate. I won’t wish yous luck. United, Liverpool is still for me the biggest game in English football. It’s the one game, that I can’t wait for, but hate the thought of losing lol.

  16. TonyBee says:

    at least Rodgers has sussed out the piss artist pikey and wants to fuck him off……


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