EXCLUSIVE: George Sephton on top four, transfer targets and Anfield atmosphere

Dave Davis organised a follow-up Q&A with George Sephton, or as he is more commonly known, The Voice of Anfield.

Rousing the Kop interviewed George at the beginning of the season and back then he spoke to us of ambitions of winning the Premier League, meeting Jürgen Klopp and his ideal mixtape.

While Liverpool haven’t achieved their dream of lifting the elusive league title, the Reds have had an enjoyable season and with one game to go against Middlesbrough, Jürgen Klopp’s initial objective can still be obtained: qualify for the Champions League.

In November last year, Liverpool walloped Watford 6-1 at Anfield to go top of the league right before an international break and the Reds were flying. Coutinho, Firmino and Manè were on fire and it seriously looked as though Klopp could guide to, or close to the league title.

When the brief title challenge unravelled during January, supporters were hugely upset and it’s safe to say George is no different.

In our previous Q&A, you’d said Liverpool should be aiming for top spot. January’s fall away disappointed many, whilst others point to the improved points total. How do you view the season so far?

VERY disappointing and very frustrating. I was quite convinced we’d win the league again this season.

If we do pip others to a top four spot, would that be a successful season?

It would be a boost at this stage and the key to our progress. If we get in the top four we will have the leverage to attract some top-class new players.

Have you got any special plans for Middlesbrough on the final day of the season?

I’m trying to get a few upbeat tunes in the playlist. The atmosphere will largely depend on what happens this week.

You’d tipped Danny Ings to be a star this season and the ex-Burnley man has had a terrible time with injuries. Can he still have an impact at Anfield?

Absolutely. What we saw of him before his injuries was very impressive.

There are rumours galore about who the club is after in the summer window. Who would you like to see come through the doors at Melwood?

Three things I would like.

A marquee signing. Someone like Antoine Griezmann or maybe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. We need to bite the bullet and splash the cash. I’d like some muscle at the back too – Virgil Van Dijk fits the bill. Skilful, fast and strong.

I’d also like to see a Scouse heart to the team. Jon Flanagan recalled from Burnley would be a nice injection of proper Scouse passion to the squad which has been missing since Carra and Stevie G departed.

Stadium-wise, the expansion of the Main Stand has seen increased attendances but the atmosphere at Anfield has been criticised in some quarters. How do you view it?

In full flight, the atmosphere at Anfield is fantastic but it takes a while to get going nowadays. I try my best but sometimes it’s beyond me.

We’ve heard ‘Three Little Birds’ a number of times this season, which has become a signature tune at Anfield. Have any others been repeatedly requested?

This season I’ve started to use the instrumental version of The Lightin’ Seeds “Life of Riley” again after a couple of requests. You may know that Riley is the son of Lightnin’ Seeds frontman Ian Broudie. After all these years Riley is now a Facebook Friend and is quietly chuffed to hear his tune pre-match.

Is it true that despite the length of time you’ve been in the role that you still have to go through training every year?

No. Last year (2016) I got a message to say that I had to go on an “induction course” about the new Main Stand. That was only the second training course I’ve ever been on! The previous one was to familiarise everyone with the disability access regulations about 12 years ago.

Finally, your charity events and contributions around the club and local area are well known. Are there any events coming up?

I’m compering an event at the Hilton on May 25th for the anniversary of Rome 77. Ray Clemence, Joey Jones, Phil Neal and Terry McDermott will be there and funds are being raised for “Save our Katie.”

Once again, thanks to George Sephton for his willingness to do this interview! 

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