In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.
Scott: How did you rate 2013-14 for Liverpool?
Rob: Very good! I predicted we’d finish 5th so 2nd was a bonus. The end of the season was disappointing, of course, but the season itself was better than we could have hoped – in terms of results (big wins against most of the big boys!), the way we played and the final position.
Scott: Who was your best performing player?
Rob: Lots of players shone throughout the season but it has to be Suarez. For all his flaws he was untouchable last season.
Scott: How do you feel about the club sticking by Suarez through his racism and biting, only for him to keep asking to leave every summer, and then finally make a move?
Rob: As last year: expecting loyalty from a player is like expecting loyalty from a stripper. Ultimately we got £35m more than last summer and got a grand season from him. It was the right time for him to leave though.
Scott: With Suarez gone, which player are you expecting to be most important for you in 2014-15?
Rob: Coutinho. Henderson makes us tick, Sturridge will score goals, Sterling is improving but Coutinho could be huge. I was delighted he wasn’t in the Brazil squad for the World Cup.
Scott: Are you happy with your club’s performance in the transfer window this summer? Had a lot of scouts at Southampton last season by any chance?
Rob: Moderately happy. We overpaid for Lallana but looking forward to seeing Can and Markovic. Would like a striker to ease the burden on Sturridge and can’t quite believe we haven’t reinforced the defence properly yet. We didn’t lose the title because we didn’t score enough but because our defence was shoddy.
Scott: Last season you had the advantage that we’ll enjoy this season with no European games. Can Liverpool repeat last season’s strong season in 2014-15?
Rob: I think we’ll dip down. Other clubs will improve so it’ll be tough but I think third. I’d prefer decent performances in Europe over a cup competition.
Scott: Are you happy with Rodgers?
Scott: If you could have one United player, who would it be?
Rob: Herrera or Mata. Herrera, I think. He’ll be a cracking player for United. Actually, scrap that, de Gea.
Scott: Can you believe United were as bad as they were last season?
Rob: No. I thought they’d finish in the top 4. It wasn’t just their final position that astonished me but the performances and atmosphere around the club. The game between Liverpool and United at Old Trafford wasn’t a proper game between us. It was weird.
Scott: How do you expect United to perform this season?
Rob: Better. Top 4. Van Gaal – or someone like him – was who you needed last year.
Scott: Who do you think will win the league?
Rob: Chelsea, sadly.
Scott: Finally, can’t get through this without mentioning Gerrard! Did you find his tears and dramatic speech in front of the Sky Sports cameras when he thought you were going to win the league as cringe as everyone else?
Rob: No. Obviously not!
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