Football Burp caught up with Gary Curran from The Japanese Popstars for a quick natter about his beloved Liverpool FC…
Did you see the 1-0 win over QPR at the weekend?
Not live because we were in Belgium playing a gig but I caught Match of the Day 2 on BBC iPlayer!
Are you happy with the way it’s going under Kenny Dalglish at the moment?
He’s doing a good job. He’s definitely a manager that the players play for. It’s just the consistency; we’re still beating the big teams and losing against teams like Fulham. It’s been like that for the last twenty years. They can play the most amazing football, then get beat the next game. There’s a long way to go but I think the whole league has a long way to go in catching up with the Spanish league at the moment.
What are you expectation levels for this season? Top four? Top six?
As long as it’s better than last season. It would be great if they can get back in the Champions League because it would bring money into the club, and maybe I could get over to a Champions League match sometime. The last one I got to go to was when they beat Olympiakos 3-1 the year they won it.
“Shells of Silver” (featuring James Vincent McMorrow)
What do you make of the various summer signings so far, especially those in midfield?
I think Charlie Adam’s a really good player, and so is Stewart Downing. Obviously Luis Suarez, as long as he stops giving people the finger and making ‘racist’ comments! Great player.
Do you think it’s right that Dalglish should imply there to be a media witch-hunt against Suarez?
Suarez isn’t particularly helping matters but I think it’s just a different culture. Apparently what he said to Evra is something that people say to each other in Uruguay. I think Dalglish was right to compare it to Rooney’s ban getting reduced to two matches. If you can’t be a role model for young kids and get away with kicking people just because you lost the ball. It’s childish and he deserves a three-match ban. They must have played a blinder getting that reduced.
Finally, if you had to select a five-a-side team made up of Liverpool players you’ve seen in your time as a fan, who would you pick?
John Barnes, Pepe Reina because Grobbelaar’s too eccentric, Steve McMahon, Steve McManaman and any one of Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush. I was tempted to say Craig Johnston just because of the sheer fact that he became a competitive footballer!
Gary, thank you.
Controlling Your Allegiance is out now on Virgin. For more information and a list of live dates, please visit www.thejapanesepopstars.co.uk