Neville Skelly is fresh from releasing his sublime second album Carousel, so we thought it a good time to collar him for a chat about his beloved Liverpool…
You must be pretty hopeful of winning the league at the moment, let alone finishing in the top four!
Top four would be a good result, but let’s see how we go. We’ve still got to go to United, play Chelsea, Spurs… There are still about 30 points to play for yet.
Do you think Roy Hodgson should base his England side around Liverpool now? Sturridge, Gerrard, Sterling, Henderson…
They’ve been playing well, haven’t they? When you’re throwing an international side together and you’ve only got two weeks to prepare, it’s always better if the players know each others’ games already – even better if they’re in form.
Could you possibly have foreseen how good Daniel Sturridge was going to become?
I thought he was a good player when we bought him. I’d seen him in the England Olympics team and you could see he has pace and is two-footed. He scored goals at Bolton as well, didn’t he?
Suárez as well – I didn’t think he’d become as good as he has. From the player that we signed to the player he is now – he’s come on leaps and bounds, hasn’t he?
When you’re following your team and the strikers can’t score to save their lives,
you get the pundits coming out and saying things like “oh well, as long as they keep getting in the right positions then it’ll come” – but he’s gone from not being able to score to not being able to miss.
You must be very satisfied with the job Brendan Rodgers is doing…
He’s done well, hasn’t he? You can see he’s put his stamp on the team and he’s got them playing for him. I mean, to score that many goals…it’s unheard-of.
Under Benitez and Houllier, if you were a midfielder and you crossed the halfway line then you’d probably get a rollicking at half time! (laughs)
Do you manage to get down to Anfield much?
Not any more. There was a season when I used to go to all the away games and follow them all over Europe, but I’ve got a little daughter now so I’ve sort of had to prioritise things.
Also, to keep that sort of thing up, you’ve either got to be brewstered or treat it like a full-time job!
If you had to select a five-a-side team out of all the Liverpool players you’ve seen, who would you pick?
Suárez, Sturridge…you know what, I’ll just go the Brendan Rodgers route and play all-out attack!
Neville Skelly, thank you.
Carousel, the second album from Neville Skelly, is out now on Skeleton Key Records.