So here we go, first home match of the new season. The Liverpool loyal return to Anfield with renewed belief after Rafa and Parry have once again had face to face talks to clear the air. I just wish they could come to my office every now and again as working with 30 sweaty blokes does raise a bit of a stink and the powers at be in Anfield seem to be the best in the country at getting it sorted. Ok Ok enough i say, let’s get back to the important business and 3 points against Southgates Boro tomorrow. Now Mr Southgate I wish I had a boss as layed back as your Chairman Mr Gibson cause I know for a fact if I had performed as poorly as you have over the same period of time I would be out the door. He must have the patience of a saint but then again he did have Bryan Robson in charge at one point so it’s not hard to beat that.
Boro come to Anfield tomorrow looking for maximum points in their opening two fixtures since records began in the Premiership which means that they have lost their first away fixture in each of past 5 seasons and Liverpool are bidding for a ninth successive home league win. It’s 32 years since Middlesbrough last won at Anfield. England defender Terry Cooper and forward John Hickton scored in a 0-2 victory on 6 March 1976, oh I remember it well. Fernando Torres scored the second of three hat-tricks for Liverpool last season in this corresponding fixture but i don’t think they are going to be a push over this term as they are are unbeaten in the last eight games on the road. Another thing to remember and this might be surprising to some but Liverpool have only won their first two fixtures of a 20-club Premier League once before; in 2002-03, beating Aston Villa (a) and Southampton (h). Began that campaign with a 12 match unbeaten sequence (nine wins, three draws).
Men to watch out for are Alves up front but I am more worried about this big guy Wheater at set pieces and corner kicks. he always seems to be in the right place at the right time and bagged around seven goals last season.
Shankly Quote for the Week
At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques.