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A Scousers point of view

What made you support Liverpool mate?
Genetics! I come from a long line of Liverpool supporters. All of my family support the club and although I now live in Dublin, most of my family live in or around the city.

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
No. We have a strong enough squad to be closer to the top then we currently are and although we did well to win our last three group games and get through to the last 16 of the Champions League, we never should have been in that position in the first place.

Rafa Benitez seems to get backing one week from some fans, but not the next this season, why is this - how do you think he is doing?
I suppose it pretty much relates to the answer I gave to the previous question. We all knew that Rafa inherited a pretty poor squad from the previous manager and we accepted it was going to take time to rebuild. Winning the CL in his first season was a huge unexpected bonus and the fact that he did it with some pretty ordinary players left over from the previous regime, made us all think that once he could bring in a few more quality players, it wouldn't be long before we would be winning the league again. However, he's now in his fourth season at the club and although players have been brought in, we don't really look much closer to the top and some fans are starting to get frustrated. When we go on a run of wins, everything is great but then a defeat comes along, like at the weekend, and the frustration with the team, the tactics and the over-rotation of the side, comes to the surface.

How do you rate his signings so far?
Voronin joined us on a Bosman and he started off well but has been pretty average recently.
Babel is an exciting young player and a great prospect, as is Lucas.
Torres is awesome.

Will he need more in January - and will he get them?
We certainly need more cover in defence. Rafa tried to sign Heinze in the summer but the move was blocked by the Mancs. Our lack of pace at the back is a big concern and needs to be addressed in January. We are also crying out for at least one quality winger.

I think he'll get the backing to strengthen the defence but we may have to wait until the summer for the winger.

Who is the Liverpool danger man that Pompey should watch?
Hopefully all of them but Torres and Gerrard would be the obvious dangers and I think Babel will give you some problems, if he starts.

How do you reckon Liverpool will go this season?
I'd like to say we'd win the Premiership but realistically we're probably looking at 3rd or 4th and I'd fancy us to win one of the cups.

What about Pompey?
I think your season really depends on how you cope with losing a few of your players during the African Nations. I think Harry is doing a great job for you guys and I'd like to see you finish in the top six.

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
Muntari.

Go on - who is going to win, Liverpool or Pompey?
Liverpool, of course. 2-0, Torres is coming to get you!

Questions answered by Gerry Ormonde from Vital Liverpool

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 20 2007

Time: 9:00AM

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a good honest interview from Gerry Ormonde here, cheers mate... hopefully we can finish in the top 6 mate, and if we can so long as chelski and arsenal made the league cup final i reckon that 6th would be enough wouldnt it?
pompeyrug
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19/12/2007 23:33:00

Torres will be sub!
paultsmouth
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20/12/2007 07:20:00

Nice article mate; hopefully, our pacey attack will prove the point about your defence
UKTony
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20/12/2007 07:49:00

Didn't Crouch get sent off last night? So Torres will probably play?
tracyc
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20/12/2007 09:24:00

Chim Chinnery, Chim Chinnery, Chim Chim Cherou, Who needs Ferando when we've got Kanu.... A good write up Gerry mate - Lets hope it's a good game and as much as I hope your prediction is wrong I think you'll be pretty near the mark. Can't believe you lost to Chelski last night you would have had Everton in the Semis !!
Chix
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20/12/2007 10:33:00

tracy with benitez selecting the team yuo never know what he'll do...
pompeyrug
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20/12/2007 13:12:00

This is true . . . he does tend to leave out his stars to play us, and pay for it. We just need that bit of luck on Saturday!!
tracyc
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20/12/2007 16:11:00

We're due a win there, could it be now???
storagematt
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20/12/2007 20:49:00

Dare I say it storage...no! Esp after last night, we could get the back lash....old defeatest me
pentonpompey
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20/12/2007 22:20:00

nope, we'll go there have a stormer... and win!
pompeyrug
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20/12/2007 23:30:00

Should be a good match on Saturday. I'm going for a 2-0 win to the Mighty Reds!
Aamir
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20/12/2007 23:34:00

can see you lot stuffing them scousers
mick66owl
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21/12/2007 00:12:00

I think a draw is on the cards... Both sides are desperate to win.. Good Luck
Millwalljohn
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21/12/2007 03:42:00

harry is doin a fantastic job for u guys. and i love the spirit at pompey.. good luck to u all. but i guess we will beat u on sat... maybe!!!
arjy2405
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21/12/2007 04:36:00

Maybe you will . . . but if we do it will be a day we'll always remember. And we just might!
tracyc
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21/12/2007 09:51:00

i just hope that you can enjoy the game tracy, im sure that you will - what an xmas present 3pts would be eh!
pompeyrug
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21/12/2007 09:53:00

Yes, but lets not get too carried away, it'll be a tough one.
tracyc
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21/12/2007 11:26:00

i wasnt saying it will be 3pts, just what a present it will be 'if' it is 3pts...
pompeyrug
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21/12/2007 12:00:00

Surely if we beat Liverpool at Anfield we should be awarded at least 5pts...
Chix
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