Alan Neal

Alan Neal

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Liverpool fan since 1966. I've been inside Steve Mcmanaman's house. I have a PhD in BME. I'm an old man.
I've been watching football for an agonizingly long time. I think it's a curse.

I started supporting Liverpool around 1966, as part of an all Everton family, I decided to cross Stanley Park and become a Red. I only started going to Anfield regularly in the mid 80's, where I saw Liverpool outclass so many opponents. My favorite player of all time has to be Alan Hansen. He was so cool, calm, and smart on the ball, something that you would not find on a centre-back at that time.

Unlike many Kopites, I do not harbor any ill-feelings towards Fernando Torres. Liverpool weren't good enough for him anymore, and he deserved to be playing in the UCL. Perhaps if he went abroad, it would be better, but none the less. If Suarez goes, I would be quite angered, just because of his antics that Liverpool fans supported and all that. Torres > Suarez IMO. A lot of fans would disagree, but Torres' explosive pace and finishing were unrivaled for me.

I was at the 2001 FA Cup final, but it wasn't a memorable experience for me, because I felt that Michael Owen had won that cup, not Liverpool.

I'm also a big Three Lions fan, something more recent. In 2006 I had the option of going to Cardiff for the FA Cup Final, or going to the World Cup. I chose the World Cup, and I regret it completely. My favorite Three Lions player was Tony Adams, of Arsenal. He wasn't nearly as skilled as Alan Hansen, but his determination on the and off the ball was something I loved watching. I also like Wayne Rooney, as long as he's not wearing a Man Utd strip. I hate David Beckham. After the Argentina red card, I was kind of disillusioned, but the Greece free-kick restored parity. However, his underwear ads and move to the MLS kind of corrupted him for me.

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  • Joseph Football posted 110 days ago

    Joseph Football

    Hey Alan.
    Thanks for answering to my questions.

    I'm still hoping that we'll do it, but It's looking very unlikely. Nonetheless I think the team can be very proud of what they've achieved this season.

    I've been supporting Liverpool since 2006/2007. At the time it was very difficult to watch premier league football in Belgium. So I watched Liverpool for the first time in the Champions League. I had never been so impressed by a football club in my life. Everything about Liverpool was great. The crowd, the football, the players and the amazing comebacks in the Champions League. This is why I started supporting this great football club. I couldn't see myself supporting another club to be honest. In a way I feel that Liverpool was made for me and that I was made for Liverpool :-) I always try to educate myself as much as possible about the history of this great football club.

    Yes, I'm very excited about about the WC. I honestly think England can make it far in the WC, quarter finals at least. If Hodgson picks the right team and the right players England could surprise quite a few people. I think Belgium will make it to the quarter finals. We have a very talented side, but our inexperience will eventually cost us.

  • Joseph Football posted 115 days ago

    Joseph Football

    Hey, Alan. I have a question for you since you've been watching Liverpool for much longer than I do, did Liverpool always make title races that difficult? And do you still think we will do it? Thanks for the answers!
    P.S.: Do you still think Torres was better for Liverpool than Suarez?

  • Sam Tighe posted 227 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    Hey Alan. Not keen on Phil wide in a 4-3-3. I like him as an AMC as you say, or as a left winger in a 4-2-3-1 (but 5-10 yards inside). Ideally, he's your Cazorla in the Cazorla - Walcott relationship (one true wide man, one inverted).

    Villa? yeah we need that link player badly, you hit the nail on the head. Hoolahan for £1.5m could be an incredible piece of business in truth.

  • Sam Tighe posted 263 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    Not too surprised. He wasn't able to curb his yellow card/aggression habits in time (he has now) and it's too late. Also Hodgson hates Villa (personal opinion :D)

  • Tre Gulley posted 264 days ago

    Tre Gulley

    No need to be so confrontational, mate. I came onto this page expecting a twelve year old's profile, because that's how you act.

  • Sam Tighe posted 264 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    I watched it back and... well. Woeful first 45, but the triple sub on 60 mins changed the game. Villa can be very good with Delph and Agbonlahor in the side, but very bad without them!

  • Sam Tighe posted 264 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    Hi Alan,

    Sorry I missed your message!

    Can't see anything other than a 4-2-3-1 now Sturridge is injured with Coutinho, perhaps, as an AMC.

    In the derby the defending was dodgy, but in derbies that tends to happen. If the occasion takes over tactical planning it's a free for all. We haven't seen that much for Merseyside derbies recently, but this one was wonderful for neutrals (I loved it!).

    I like the 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 shape you were using to start the season when you weren't letting any goals in.

    Attack in a 4-2-3-1, drop into a 4-3-3 in defence with the CF splitting wide. Hendo drops into CM.

  • Karl Matchett posted 276 days ago

    Karl Matchett

    4-4-2 for me, coutinho had a lot of licence to come infield of course (gerrard flitted wide at times, nice movement all round) but very much henderson wide right. the sub (moses on) altered things but game over by then anyway. all just variations of 4-4-2, whatever the individual role.

  • Karl Matchett posted 286 days ago

    Karl Matchett

    Hi Alan, agree on Agger, wouldn't have him as wingback. very disappointed with Cissokho's performance, expected a lot more of him. watched a lot of him at Porto and early days with Lyon...he's so far removed from that level of performance now it's unreal. shame. I presume vs. Fulham we'll revert to 4-2-3-1. Suarez starting wider, Sturridge up top, Coutinho and Henderson the other two. Would like to see Allen get a run and, if Gerrard is not fit, think he may well start alongside Lucas. Back four I expect to be GJ-MSk-MSa-JE.

  • Matt Ladson posted 290 days ago

    Matt Ladson

    Hi Alan, thanks for the message.

    The player I think would be perfect is Javier Mascherano. Obviously he's well aligned with the style of play Rodgers desires and he'd provide some energy, competitiveness and breaking up play that we need.

    I wouldn't say completely to replace Lucas, who is a good squad player.