WE NEVER MAKE PREDICTIONS, AND NEVER WILL - PART 1 | The Anfield Wrap

Right, this is pretty self-explanatory. Some of TAW’s finest plus a couple of special guests have done us some predictions for the season ahead.

Some are sensible. Some aren’t. Some are outrageous hostages to fortune. You’ll disagree. Add your own in the comments or argue with us on Twitter. Most of all, take screen grabs, cos when Stoke City are heading for fourth and Tony ‘Hibbo’ Hibbert’s the England captain we’ll be taking these pages down.

There will definitely be a part 2. There might be more. We’ll go in the order they were written…

JOHN GIBBONS (@johngibbonsblog)

Who’ll win the league?

Man City

How many points will Liverpool get?

68

Make three wild, baseless predictions (LFC or otherwise)

Jack Rodwell will go back to Everton on loan
Lukaku won’t score for West Brom all season
Suarez will score a hatrick at Old Trafford and get applauded off with 3 minutes left

Who’s going down?

Really tough this year I think
Norwich
Southampton
West Brom
I think Reading will do well and West Ham and Wigan will do enough.

First Premier League managerial departure?

Di Matteo if he can’t get a brilliant squad doing well. I think Clarke will struggle.

Which departing Liverpool player will have most success elsewhere (include not yet departed if you like)?

Bellamy should do alright at Cardiff really.

Everton. What of them?

8th.

STEVE GRAVES (@steve_graves)

Who’ll win the league?

Manchester City. If not there should be a judge-led inquiry.

How many points will Liverpool get?

It feels hugely dependent on transfers (out more than in, maybe), but the current squad with a couple of flexible additions can break 75 points. Really. I’ll err on the side of caution and go for a still huge 20-point improvement. 72.

Make three wild, baseless predictions (LFC or otherwise)

Jose Enrique will do really well. Most of his mistakes last season were down to decision-making and positional uncertainty. The Rodgers’ system largely takes that out of his hands – if he’s high up the pitch, he’s in the right place – and might let him concentrate on being a big, athletic, tigerish lad. He’s done this before with Spanish age group sides. He’ll be good. I’ll be pleased. Really.

Twitter will go mental when Match of the Day first shows Southampton’s new stripe-free home kit.

The Guardian will use the words ‘Suarez’ and ‘reignites’ in a headline before August is out.

Who’s going down?

Norwich
West Brom
Stoke City

First Premier League managerial departure?

Roberto di Matteo, the most obvious fall guy since Mark E Smith. Otherwise, Steve Clarke to be the new Brian Kidd.

Which departing Liverpool player will have most success elsewhere (include not yet departed if you like)?

Dirk Kuyt’s first domestic game (v Galatasaray) involved him leading the line, scoring, arguing with everyone, losing in the last minute, smiling a lot. He’ll score hundreds.

Everton. What of them?

Tony ‘Hibbo’ Hibbert will retire from international football.

ROB GUTMANN (@RobGutmann)

Who’ll win the league?

Man City

How many points will Liverpool get?

69 points

Make three wild, baseless predictions (LFC or otherwise)

AVB sacked by christmas
Liverpool will do spectacularly well, and be in the title race
Mario Balotelli will ‘come out’

Who’s going down?

West Brom
Wigan
Reading

First Premier League managerial departure?

AVB

Which departing Liverpool player will have most success elsewhere (include not yet departed if you like)?

Charlie Adam

Everton. What of them?

The usual. Mixed start that gets worse, then better, then they finish 7-9th.

SEAN ROGERS (@sean_rogers)

Who’ll win the league?

Manchester City

How many points will Liverpool get?

If spine stays fit and we don’t take the Europa League seriously, 70-75. If we have injuries to the spine and/or take Europa League seriously pre-Xmas, 65 pts at best.

Make three wild, baseless predictions (LFC or otherwise)

Those in the media that criticised the Joe Allen signing will be forced to eat their words

Michu will be the best deal of the window

Tony Hibbert will NOT score

Who’s going down?

1.    Southampton

2.    Norwich

3.    Reading

First Premier League managerial departure?

Roberto Di Matteo

Which departing Liverpool player will have most success elsewhere (include not yet departed if you like)?

Andy Carroll if he goes

Everton. What of them?

Indeed what of them! 

DAN FITZSIMMONS (@danieljfitz)

Who’ll win the league?

Manchester City. By a fair distance this time.

How many points will Liverpool get?

I think we should be pleased with anything above 60, and based on nothing but the Gomel game I’m going to be optimistic and say 67.

Make three wild, baseless predictions (LFC or otherwise)

Real Madrid will beat Paris St Germain in the Champions League final at Wembley
Stewart Downing will play left back at least once this season
Mark Lawrenson will finally end it all.

Who’s going down?

I want it to be West Ham, Wigan and QPR. But I think it will be Wigan, Southampton, and Reading.

First Premier League managerial departure?

Roberto di Matteo. Monday morning.

Which departing Liverpool player will have most success elsewhere (include not yet departed if you like)?

I would have said Maxi as we are like soul brothers, what with us being born on exactly the same day on opposite ends of the Atlantic Ocean. But I’ve recently found out that Newell’s Old Boys are nicknamed The Leprosy and Maxi has a tattoo on his leg saying N.O.B. so it doesn’t bode well for him really. I reckon Fiorentina are going to be good with Aquilani, but it’s more likely that Fenerbahce will win the Turkish League so I’ll say Dirk.

Everton. What of them?

Not arsed really. Let’s sort ourselves out first.

Cookie consent by Real Cookie Banner