Liverpool v Newcastle Preview by @DanVanderkamp

The Kop Table Interview
Peter talks to Dan about all things LFC

What were your thoughts on the performance against West Ham?

Clinical again. The front three are an absolute joy to watch aren’t they? I know after the Swansea game I said we needed to bounce back and then lost to West Brom but that looks like a blip on an otherwise brilliant run. We are turning into one of the more consistent teams in the league and it’s a joy to behold at the moment.

Were you surprised to see Joel Matip reinstated to the back 4 on Saturday?

A little bit, but only because Lovren has done well over the past few games he’s started beside Virgil Van Dijk. I’m not sure Klopp prefers either one of them and it’s basically picking who is the fittest when choosing his side. There was talk that Lovren had a slight knock so I think he’s done enough to nail down his place in the starting 11 when fit and I genuinely hope he has a consistent end to the season.

A lot of players played very well but who was the standout player in this fixture for you?

Robertson again. He’s just a wonderful, hardworking, old school left-back. He works his socks off and epitomizes Liverpool under Klopp. Next would be Firmino who was stellar again and obviously Mané and Salah were incredible again too. Special mention for Loris Karius who has completely proved me wrong and I’m very happy to admit it! He was excellent when called upon.

What are your thoughts on Firmino’s no-look finishes?

It’s hilarious, really. We need to tie him down to a long term deal. Give him whatever he wants and make him pinky promise or whatever it takes to not to leave when one of the Spanish clubs come calling…because they will if he stays this consistent.

Would you give James Milner a new contract when his current deal expires?

I wouldn’t. He’s thrown around some good performances but he also takes up a huge chunk of the wage bill and I’d rather see that portion invested to someone who will start beside Keita next year. He’s been a good servant and he’s gave us an experienced body in the center of the park but I feel we have transcended from when he joined us and the need in midfield is different to what he can offer as he ages. If he would take a pay cut and would be happy with a minor role, I don’t see a problem with him staying as again, his experience could come in handy in tough games and in the dressing room.

Can you see Klopp making many changes for the Newcastle game?

I think he has finally landed on his best 11, or somewhat close to it so I don’t see a lot of changes.

Score prediction v Newcastle and why, please?

Newcastle are an odd team and have been sucked into a dog fight at the bottom so it won’t be easy. 2-0 to LFC, Bobby and Mo. I just think we have too much firepower and if we can score early and put them on the front foot it could be an annihilation.