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#18: The Ring of Fire with AussieLad

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The Ring of Fire with AussieLad

Liverpool have maintained their 100% winning start to the 2019/20 Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

To look back at the weekend's action, the Ring of Fire travels over to Wimbledon this week as thrown into the 'Ring of Fire' is TIA Forum Member @AussieLad .

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Your TIA Username: @AussieLad
Location :
Womble country, but originally from sunny Gold Coast

You and Liverpool FC
Favourite Current LFC Player :
Hendo
Favourite all-time LFC Player : Craig Johnson

And the rest:
Favourite non-LFC Player :
Peter Wilson - Socceroos Captain for our first World Cup in 1974
Favourite other clubs : St Pauli, any team that walks out to Hell's Bells by AC/DC is alright in my books. Also got a soft spot for Dortmund - the similarities to Liverpool, both on the pitch and the city and people make it hard not to feel a sense of brotherhood with them.
Other sports/hobbies/past times : Played Aussie Rules as a kid growing up, but sadly don't follow it much these days, largely due to the sanitising of the game and taking the more physical aspects out means it just doesn't hold the same apeal anymore. Love playing FM, especially enjoy some of the more obscure and unfancied styles of playing such as Fallen Giant or Journeyman saves.
Non-footballing heroes : Parents and brothers firstly. They provide so much of who I was growing up, and who I have since become. My old science teacher and school rugby/cricket coach is not so much a hero, but an inspiration as I was a right gobby know-it-all little shit growing up, and was constantly butting heads with teachers as the standard and accepted way of teaching back then was something I found frustratingly boring and pointless until he took over one of our classes and he managed to so me other ways to view what is going on and that there is no 1 correct way - everyone must find what works best for themselves.


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Never before in the Premier League era have Liverpool won 12 consecutive top-flight matches. Looking back at the weekend's action where Arsenal have now conceded 16 goals in their last four games at Anfield, how did you assess our 3-1 victory over Arsenal and what were the main talking points you learnt from the match?

I thought we showed a more mature and improved tactical nous, especially with Arsenals tactical decision to play with a diamond midfield, which I don't think anyone really saw coming before kick off. To make the tactical adjustments required to adapt to such a move as seemlessly as we looked to have shows how well Klopp has the players understanding what he wants from them, both individually and as a team that it almost looked as though we expected that set up all along.

I think one concern for me is that we definitely need Allisson back. Whilst Adrian is a good, solid No.2, he would never be a No.1 for a team that has serious and genuine ambitions to win silverware. Having him come in for the odd league game and in the cups I am fine with, but he does not fill me with massive amounts of confidence if he was to be playing week in week out. I also am a little concerned with our depth at fullback - on both sides. Gomez, again, is ok to fill in for a game here and there, but if either Trent or Andy were to suffer a major injury I don't see anyone that can come in and fulfill the role to even remotely acceptable level for any length of time.


Liverpool fans left Anfield with one players name on their lips. Mo Salah scored twice for Liverpool, but it was his second that had people talking. Salah has propelled himself into the world's elite over the last two years at Anfield, how important is Salah to Liverpool this season?

I'm kind of conflicted on Salah and his perceived importance to the team. He is a fantastic player and an even better human being, although you can say that about any number of players that have reached the top echelons of the game. In his first season with us, we really did rely on his goals to get us into the top 4 and also into the C/L final, but I think last season we saw others step up to share the load a bit more, with Mane being joint Golden Boot, Bobby whilst he may not have enjoyed the same level of scoring was equally key in creating space and opportunities with his vision, movement and ability to pick out others with some scintilating passes. It is also hard to not include Big Divok who struggled to find goals consistently but would always chip in with big goals at crunch times - the Derby, Barca and C/L final all showed he is someone to be relied upon to be counted in big games. But knowing that someone like Salah is in the team does give a more comforting sense that we'll always managed to find a way to score


Liverpools victory over Arsenal is the first top six side navigated past. How does this set them up for the remainder of the campaign?

3 points better than we were before hand. But to be honest, I try not to look to far ahead at this point in the season as there are still 35 more games to be played. Win and build a foundation that once we get to the Xmas/NY period we can build on as we get to a period where games come thick and fast and rotation starts to see exactly how good the depth of the squad is and how we stack up against other teams when they all start rotating players as well.


Which opposition player for Arsenal impressed you the most on Saturday?

I think Torriera and Lacazette both made massive impacts when they came on. Lacazette really looked like he believed he could score whenever he wanted, the problem was that the rest of the team struggled to get the ball to him in the sort of areas that he would have been able to take advantage of. Torriera really added some tempo and impedes to Arsenals midfield when he came on - looking to get on the ball and to turn and run at our defence whenever he could. Prior to him coming on I though their midfield looked very static and always hoping someone else would take responsibility to get on the ball and make something happen.


Moving away from last weekends action, AussieLad, how does a lad from the sunny Gold Coast end up living in Wimbledon?

I travelled to Germany in 2006 for the World Cup as it was the first time Australia had qualified in my lifetime, and after a falling out with work towards the end of '05 I decided to chuck in my job to do the World Cup and then spend some time in Europe before heading to UK as my oldest brother was in London at the time and getting married that December and didn't particularly fancy flying back to Aus with no job only to be heading back to UK 6 months later. So once I hit London I moved into a typical Aussie/Kiwi flatshare in Shepherds Bush until we got kicked out when the owner decided to sell the flat and found myself heading south to Wimbledon as it provided better transport links but was still quiet enough to escape the madness of London.


Growing up in Australia how did you come to support Liverpool Football Club?

So growing up in the 80's in Australia, we didn't really get to much football on TV, it was all Aussie Rules and Rugby League wit SBS showing a replay of The Big Match and the FA Cup final being the sole live game. As per usual when showing foreign sports, TV channels will focus on the dominant and successful team(s) unless there is some local connection. Luckily for me, Liverpool were at their peak, and having Skippy in the team ment that we were always going to be the team that Aussie media would focus on. So for most Aussies in their late 30s or 40s, unless there is a family connection to a English team Liverpool is one of the more common teams to support due to they were the team always being shown on tv in those early years of getting into football.

In terms of early heros, of course Skippy is always first and formost, not just because he is Australian, but due to his whole back story and his journey to make it not only as a professional footballer, but to reach the top level is as valuable lesson in never giving up on your dreams as any you will hear. Kenny is also right up there due to despite him being so successful and talented, he always remained so grounded and in touch with what was really important - family and just being a generally good bloke.


What has been your favourite all time Liverpool match?

Ouch, this is a tough one. So many classic games, especially on those special European nights, but I don't think anything can compare with the C/L semi 2nd leg thrashing of Barcelona. Even though that Barca team is a shadow of the great Barca team from the start of the decade, to not just brush them aside, but to humiliate them with such ease is something to be long enjoyed and remembered.


Your funniest moment following the Reds?

Stumbing out of Jupiters Casino at 7am to blaring sunlight after the C/L final in 05, with a bottle of champagn singing Fields Of Anfield Road with 3 random scousers who were on the Gold Coast on holiday. Going to working that afternoon then watching a replay of the final in the evening and still bricking it during the penalties.


What's the greatest goal you have ever seen scored by a Liverpool player?

That's a tough one as there have been so many over the years. I would have to say Jan Molbys' goal against the mancs in the the Milk Cup in '85 - even if it was only a couple of years ago that the video actually surfaced. Never blessed with an abundunce of pace, he still managed to waltz through the Utd midfield like they were traffic cones before unleashing a thunder bolt from 25 yards.




You have been a member of the TIA forums for over 12 years now... What's your earliest memories of the forums and how have the forums evolved over the years?

12 years? Bloody hell, I have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast a few hours ago haha. I had floated around between a few Liverpool forums for a little bit before finding TIA, but was instantly amazed at how welcoming and accepting people on here were towards new members - especially members not from Liverpool itself, you really are made to feel like a long lost member of the family.


Finally, Liverpool have reached the FA Cup Final... You have just been handed 3 tickets for the final, (one for yourself and two other tickets for two other forum members), who would you choose to go with you and why?!

Ouch! that is a tough one as there are so many fantastic poster on here that would be an honour to watch a Cup Final with. I think though, @Scott Jones and @SBYM on the piss together would be one hell of a good laugh which would be pretty hard to turn down.


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The 'Ring of Fire' - a weekly feature on the This Is Anfield forums.

Many thanks to @AussieLad for taking part this week and for taking the time to answer the questions, thanks mate!
 
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The Ring of Fire with AussieLad

Liverpool have maintained their 100% winning start to the 2019/20 Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

To look back at the weekend's action, the Ring of Fire travels over to Wimbledon this week as thrown into the 'Ring of Fire' is TIA Forum Member @AussieLad .

******



Your TIA Username: @AussieLad
Location :
Womble country, but originally from sunny Gold Coast

You and Liverpool FC
Favourite Current LFC Player :
Hendo
Favourite all-time LFC Player : Craig Johnson

And the rest:
Favourite non-LFC Player :
Peter Wilson - Socceroos Captain for our first World Cup in 1974
Favourite other clubs : St Pauli, any team that walks out to Hell's Bells by AC/DC is alright in my books. Also got a soft spot for Dortmund - the similarities to Liverpool, both on the pitch and the city and people make it hard not to feel a sense of brotherhood with them.
Other sports/hobbies/past times : Played Aussie Rules as a kid growing up, but sadly don't follow it much these days, largely due to the sanitising of the game and taking the more physical aspects out means it just doesn't hold the same apeal anymore. Love playing FM, especially enjoy some of the more obscure and unfancied styles of playing such as Fallen Giant or Journeyman saves.
Non-footballing heroes : Parents and brothers firstly. They provide so much of who I was growing up, and who I have since become. My old science teacher and school rugby/cricket coach is not so much a hero, but an inspiration as I was a right gobby know-it-all little shit growing up, and was constantly butting heads with teachers as the standard and accepted way of teaching back then was something I found frustratingly boring and pointless until he took over one of our classes and he managed to so me other ways to view what is going on and that there is no 1 correct way - everyone must find what works best for themselves.


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Never before in the Premier League era have Liverpool won 12 consecutive top-flight matches. Looking back at the weekend's action where Arsenal have now conceded 16 goals in their last four games at Anfield, how did you assess our 3-1 victory over Arsenal and what were the main talking points you learnt from the match?

I thought we showed a more mature and improved tactical nous, especially with Arsenals tactical decision to play with a diamond midfield, which I don't think anyone really saw coming before kick off. To make the tactical adjustments required to adapt to such a move as seemlessly as we looked to have shows how well Klopp has the players understanding what he wants from them, both individually and as a team that it almost looked as though we expected that set up all along.

I think one concern for me is that we definitely need Allisson back. Whilst Adrian is a good, solid No.2, he would never be a No.1 for a team that has serious and genuine ambitions to win silverware. Having him come in for the odd league game and in the cups I am fine with, but he does not fill me with massive amounts of confidence if he was to be playing week in week out. I also am a little concerned with our depth at fullback - on both sides. Gomez, again, is ok to fill in for a game here and there, but if either Trent or Andy were to suffer a major injury I don't see anyone that can come in and fulfill the role to even remotely acceptable level for any length of time.


Liverpool fans left Anfield with one players name on their lips. Mo Salah scored twice for Liverpool, but it was his second that had people talking. Salah has propelled himself into the world's elite over the last two years at Anfield, how important is Salah to Liverpool this season?

I'm kind of conflicted on Salah and his perceived importance to the team. He is a fantastic player and an even better human being, although you can say that about any number of players that have reached the top echelons of the game. In his first season with us, we really did rely on his goals to get us into the top 4 and also into the C/L final, but I think last season we saw others step up to share the load a bit more, with Mane being joint Golden Boot, Bobby whilst he may not have enjoyed the same level of scoring was equally key in creating space and opportunities with his vision, movement and ability to pick out others with some scintilating passes. It is also hard to not include Big Divok who struggled to find goals consistently but would always chip in with big goals at crunch times - the Derby, Barca and C/L final all showed he is someone to be relied upon to be counted in big games. But knowing that someone like Salah is in the team does give a more comforting sense that we'll always managed to find a way to score


Liverpools victory over Arsenal is the first top six side navigated past. How does this set them up for the remainder of the campaign?

3 points better than we were before hand. But to be honest, I try not to look to far ahead at this point in the season as there are still 35 more games to be played. Win and build a foundation that once we get to the Xmas/NY period we can build on as we get to a period where games come thick and fast and rotation starts to see exactly how good the depth of the squad is and how we stack up against other teams when they all start rotating players as well.


Which opposition player for Arsenal impressed you the most on Saturday?

I think Torriera and Lacazette both made massive impacts when they came on. Lacazette really looked like he believed he could score whenever he wanted, the problem was that the rest of the team struggled to get the ball to him in the sort of areas that he would have been able to take advantage of. Torriera really added some tempo and impedes to Arsenals midfield when he came on - looking to get on the ball and to turn and run at our defence whenever he could. Prior to him coming on I though their midfield looked very static and always hoping someone else would take responsibility to get on the ball and make something happen.


Moving away from last weekends action, AussieLad, how does a lad from the sunny Gold Coast end up living in Wimbledon?

I travelled to Germany in 2006 for the World Cup as it was the first time Australia had qualified in my lifetime, and after a falling out with work towards the end of '05 I decided to chuck in my job to do the World Cup and then spend some time in Europe before heading to UK as my oldest brother was in London at the time and getting married that December and didn't particularly fancy flying back to Aus with no job only to be heading back to UK 6 months later. So once I hit London I moved into a typical Aussie/Kiwi flatshare in Shepherds Bush until we got kicked out when the owner decided to sell the flat and found myself heading south to Wimbledon as it provided better transport links but was still quiet enough to escape the madness of London.


Growing up in Australia how did you come to support Liverpool Football Club?

So growing up in the 80's in Australia, we didn't really get to much football on TV, it was all Aussie Rules and Rugby League wit SBS showing a replay of The Big Match and the FA Cup final being the sole live game. As per usual when showing foreign sports, TV channels will focus on the dominant and successful team(s) unless there is some local connection. Luckily for me, Liverpool were at their peak, and having Skippy in the team ment that we were always going to be the team that Aussie media would focus on. So for most Aussies in their late 30s or 40s, unless there is a family connection to a English team Liverpool is one of the more common teams to support due to they were the team always being shown on tv in those early years of getting into football.

In terms of early heros, of course Skippy is always first and formost, not just because he is Australian, but due to his whole back story and his journey to make it not only as a professional footballer, but to reach the top level is as valuable lesson in never giving up on your dreams as any you will hear. Kenny is also right up there due to despite him being so successful and talented, he always remained so grounded and in touch with what was really important - family and just being a generally good bloke.


What has been your favourite all time Liverpool match?

Ouch, this is a tough one. So many classic games, especially on those special European nights, but I don't think anything can compare with the C/L semi 2nd leg thrashing of Barcelona. Even though that Barca team is a shadow of the great Barca team from the start of the decade, to not just brush them aside, but to humiliate them with such ease is something to be long enjoyed and remembered.


Your funniest moment following the Reds?

Stumbing out of Jupiters Casino at 7am to blaring sunlight after the C/L final in 05, with a bottle of champagn singing Fields Of Anfield Road with 3 random scousers who were on the Gold Coast on holiday. Going to working that afternoon then watching a replay of the final in the evening and still bricking it during the penalties.


What's the greatest goal you have ever seen scored by a Liverpool player?

That's a tough one as there have been so many over the years. I would have to say Jan Molbys' goal against the mancs in the the Milk Cup in '85 - even if it was only a couple of years ago that the video actually surfaced. Never blessed with an abundunce of pace, he still managed to waltz through the Utd midfield like they were traffic cones before unleashing a thunder bolt from 25 yards.




You have been a member of the TIA forums for over 12 years now... What's your earliest memories of the forums and how have the forums evolved over the years?

12 years? Bloody hell, I have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast a few hours ago haha. I had floated around between a few Liverpool forums for a little bit before finding TIA, but was instantly amazed at how welcoming and accepting people on here were towards new members - especially members not from Liverpool itself, you really are made to feel like a long lost member of the family.


Finally, Liverpool have reached the FA Cup Final... You have just been handed 3 tickets for the final, (one for yourself and two other tickets for two other forum members), who would you choose to go with you and why?!

Ouch! that is a tough one as there are so many fantastic poster on here that would be an honour to watch a Cup Final with. I think though, @Scott Jones and @SBYM on the piss together would be one hell of a good laugh which would be pretty hard to turn down.


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The 'Ring of Fire' - a weekly feature on the This Is Anfield forums.

Many thanks to @AussieLad for taking part this week and for taking the time to answer the questions, thanks mate!
Great stuff, @AussieLad. You gained my respect with the Craig Johnston mention, but then promptly lost it with the @SBYM.