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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Liverpool fan on Suarez’s betrayal and cringey Rodgers

Continuing with our fan preview, Rob Marrs from Left Back In The Changing Room has talked about all things Liverpool. Follow @Marrsiofootball on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Rob: Not good enough. Pretty dismal pre-Christmas but a welcome turnaround afterwards.

Scott: Who was your best player?

Rob: Luis Suarez without the shadow of a doubt.

Scott: Which player are you expecting most important in 2013-2014?

Rob: Coutinho looks a superb talent and could be the next superstar on Merseyside. If we are sensible enough to build a team around him, we’ll play good football and do better than most think we will.

Scott: If you could take one United player, who would it be?

Rob: I said a few weeks ago we should bid for Rooney. That said, If I could have any United player I’d take Carrick. Too many fans don’t see how good he is.

Scott: Are you pleased Fergie’s retired?

Rob: Yes. One of the greatest managers in the history of the game leaves your biggest rivals – who wouldn’t be pleased? I respected and admired him but I’m not going to be wishing he comes out of retirement. I wrote an extended piece on him, by the way, which United fans may like.

Scott: Where do you think your club will finish this season?

Rob: Top five. I can’t see us finishing any higher than fifth, sadly.

Scott: Where do you think United will finish?

Rob: I think the doomsday predictions are unlikely. I do think though that Ferguson was the main difference in recent years and him missing will be a huge factor. It is my view that he would have won the league last year if he’d managed Arsenal, Chelsea or City. I just don’t think the managers of those clubs would have inspired this United squad to the title. He was fundamental to United’s recent success.

City and Chelsea have strengthened in the managerial department and in the squad. United have certainly weakened in the managerial department and we’ll wait and see who signs. So I’m going to plump for Third.

Scott: After Liverpool have stuck by Suarez, despite his racism, biting etc., how do you feel towards him now he’s stated his desire to leave the club?

Rob: Disappointing but too often expecting loyalty from a footballer is like expecting loyalty from a stripper.

Scott: What do you make of Rodgers’ decision to get rid of Reina?

Rob: A bit torn to be honest. Reina had a poor first half to last season but improved considerably after Christmas. I liked Reina a lot but can admit he wasn’t as good as he used to be. Mignolet is a talent but has big gloves to fill.

Scott: What do you think of Rodgers, particularly in light of some of the cringey stuff he comes out with?

Rob: I quite like him and I don’t think the David Brent stuff is any worse than most managers (certainly not as cringing as Moyes’ nonsense about ”The People’s Club” when he signed up to Everton).

I said last year I liked his ethos and manner and that we need to give him time. We still do and I think his winter signings have been a hit (Sturridge and Coutinho). He’s got us playing decent football again. I’d rather have him than Moe Szyslak!

Scott: Fair enough, but I’d have to beg to differ and argue that no manager comes out with the stuff Rodgers does. My personal favourites are “I will leave no stone unturned in my quest – and that quest will be relentless” and “All I’ll ever do is all I’ve ever done in any job, and that’s promise to fight for my life for the people of the city.” HA!


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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15 Comments

  1. drv3011 says:

    remember how BR kept talking up Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top two around the start of the new year? that convinced me that this guy was loony.Btw the official twitter account just posted that Carrick has pulled out of the England squad which will be facing Scotland due to an eye infection..hmm..hopefully he’ll be alright for Swansea.

  2. Rukky says:

    ‘Scott: Where do you think United will finish?
    Rob: I think the doomsday predictions are unlikely. I do think though that Ferguson was the main difference in recent years and him missing will be a huge factor. It is my view that he would have won the league last year if he’d managed Arsenal, Chelsea or City. I just don’t think the managers of those clubs would have inspired this United squad to the title. He was fundamental to United’s recent success’. Now thats fantastic. it couldn’t have been better said. ‘This is the same team that ran away with the title’ some say, i say give me a break.

  3. WilliamAR says:

    Think carrick might have picked that up from jonny evans spraying champagne in his eye from the community shield. if that’s the case I recon he’ll be fine for saturday.

  4. invertedquestionmark says:

    A link to Rob’s piece on Fergie would be nice.

    Also, it seems kinda lame to invite someone for an interview and then make sure you got the last word. Surely you could save it for another post.

  5. Rob Marrs says:

    Hi, Scott,

    Thanks for putting up the interview. An improvement on last year when the first comment was ‘Fucking Scouse Prick”! I’m sure it’ll come though.

    For those interested the piece on Fergie is here:

    http://www.leftbackinthechangingroom.com/2013/05/farewell-to-adversary-liverpool-fan-on.html

    As ever

    R

  6. reddevil61 says:

    rob marr
    nice article on saf respect were its due

  7. midfield-man says:

    Key point

    “It is my view that he would have won the league last year if he’d managed Arsenal, Chelsea or City. I just don’t think the managers of those clubs would have inspired this United squad to the title. He was fundamental to United’s recent success”

    SAF’s always been worth AT LEAST 10 points. If we don’t strengthen the key area this summer, we will surely be punished for it this season.

  8. Proverb says:

    Wow Rob anazing write up, you wouldn’t expect that to come from a liverpool fan. Nice one!

  9. ak47 says:

    As to no disappoint Rob

    Fuck off you scouse prick……

    Generally a well rounded interview, will definitely give your article on SAF a read.

  10. Costas says:

    Lol, never made the Rodgers – Brent connection before.

    Always a pleasure Rob.

  11. Chris says:

    Excellent article Rob, nicely said.

  12. Norman-85 says:

    Rob’s article is excellent, but I would disagree slightly with the assessment of Fergie’s European record. Yes we would have liked him to win the Champions League more times, and yes he did have a fair bit of time to do so (19 years considering they only first qualified for the 1994 competition), but his record is not that bad – 2 wins, 2 runners-up and 3 semi-finals – and 2 Cup Winners Cups to boot. There is also the fact that we where usually competing on all fronts at the same time – The Double (and almost the domestic Treble) in the same year as our first Champions League campaign, for example. I have great admiration for managers like Shankly, Paisley, Clough and our own Sir Matt, but no-one ever says – ‘aye great managers, but they weren’t that good in Europe’ despite Sir Alex having a better record than all but Paisley. I think I get what Rob is trying to say, but under scrutiny,Fergie’s European record is no hat bad – disapointng at not being better, yes, but not that bad overall.

  13. Markowire says:

    Firstly Fergie was the Best Manager that has ever graced the sport. No-one even comes close to him. Hes the last of his kind. Fergie has more honors than Paisley, Shankley, Clough put together. So stating one of the best managers is offensive. He is the best.

  14. Rob Marrs says:

    Markowire,

    If you are offended by the idea that there’s a debate to be had about the greatest ever manager you need a thicker skin! Ferguson is certainly in contention but there are others up there too (Herrera, Michels, Mourinho, Stein, Paisley, Lobanovskiy, Clough, Hitzfeld, Trapattoni).

    I don’t think there is any doubt he is the greatest league manager. I do think there’s a debate to be had over whether his European record (which was very good!) is as good as it could have been. He had continuity of management over two decades where every single rival chopped and changed. A number of those clubs outperformed him. I think that leaves a question mark.

    Even with that question mark he might be the greatest.

    Norman-85 – I think Busby would almost certainly have done better in Europe if not for Munich. Moreover, in those days you had to win the league to qualify so it was harder to even be at the races (although I concede it is now harder to win it once you are in). For Busby or Shankly to have a comparable record in Europe they would have needed to win the league every single year so I think that is why they get a bit of a pass in that regard. During Ferguson’s era (for the most part) finishing in the top 4 got you a bite at the cake.

    RCM

  15. Norman-85 says:

    @Rob Marrs – fair points indeed, and I completely agree with you on Busby, but just because you can qualify for a competition each year does not make the job of winning it any easier – I mean ‘qualifying’ to play in the Premier League, FA Cup, or League Cup does not mean that you should win it every year. Nobody ever says that Fergie had a bad record in any of these competitions (especially not the League :-) ) but we haven’t won the FA Cup in almost 10 years. Liverpool haven’t won the league in 23 years despite ‘competing’ in it every year, so when United have been up against Europe’s best, are we really thinking that we should win it every time? In Fergie’s 19 attempts to win the Champions League he has reached at least the semi-finals in over a third of those attempts – that’s a very good record, that’s all I am saying.

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