Enemy Lines - Liverpool

Bolton welcome Liverpool to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday and we have caught up with a Reds fan ahead of the big game.

After a terrible start to the season, they find themselves in the relegation zone and manager Roy Hodgson has been coming under increasing pressure from fans in recent weeks. We caught up with Matt Ladson from This is Anfield to get his view on what is behind the season so far:

"The previous owners, the previous manager, the current manager plus the players not performing are all accountable. My personal opinion is that the manager has to take most of the blame"

And what about his hopes under the new owners, what he expects from the rest of the season and of course, Sunday's game?

Are you confident that the new owner can get you back to your best or are you worried that it may turn into another Hicks and Gillett scenario?

Optimistic but cautious is the main view here but I'm more optimistic than ever. They appear very different to the previous clowns and those who have met with them have been very positive too which says a lot. Their track record in sport is much better than Gillett or Hicks' and appear to actually be in sport for the right reasons rather than to make money, which is realistic.

So yes, I am confident they will bring the much needed stability to the club and we will soon be doing things behind closed doors rather than playing out pantomime's in the press.

How much longer would you be looking at giving Hodgson to turn things around?

Minus two weeks. He should have gone within a week of NESV arriving and immediately after the derby defeat. Numerous polls were ran on fans sites that week and on ours 96% wanted him out.

There is good reason for it; his signings have been poor (Poulsen and Konchesky are not good enough). His negative tactics have been disastrous, he has isolated key players like Danny Agger - our best defender, isolated Torres with the lack of support for one of Europe's best forwards and he has failed to make the situation any better with his terrible comments in the media.

Some managers are better suited to managing a club with lower expectations. A new era should have signalled a new manager, hopefully it still will.

What positives, if any, can be taken from the season so far?

Obviously the change in ownership. We've written off this season, and had done some time ago, settling for ridding the club of the owners instead.

What will it take to turn the season around and what would you regard as a successful season at this stage?

A change of tact from the manager. More attacking, pressing up the pitch again and playing at a tempo where we are causing problems for the opposition rather than sitting back and stopping them from creating problems for us.

Ironically we changed our style against Blackburn and had our best performance of the season. Whether Hodgson had been told to do this who knows but hopefully it continues.

What have you made of Bolton's start to the season and how far do you think Owen Coyle can take us?

I'm a big fan of Coyle (would swap him for Hodgson). He has a touch of the Shankly's about him and has certainly got Bolton playing well. Even Elmander's scoring left and right!

Which players, from either side, will have the biggest impact on Sunday's game?

Davies could cause Carragher problems, mind you, most forwards these days can. If we press and win the ball high up the pitch Torres is much more of a threat.

And finally, a prediction. We haven't fared too well against Liverpool in recent seasons. Is that set to continue or are we going to take advantage of your poor form?

1-0 away win. Torres.

Burnden Aces would once again like to thank Matt from This is Anfield for taking the time to answer our questions.

Enemy Lines will return next week ahead of Saturday's lunchtime kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur.

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