From King Kenny, to King Luis, from El Nino to Ian Rush, from Graeme Souness, to Steven Gerrard, George Sephton has been privileged enough to see them all step onto the pitch at Anfield. Ben Morgan sat down with the man who has been an ever present at Anfield, to find out who what his favourite ever player in Liverpool Red is, and if this current crop is anything like the dominant forces of old.
Ben – You have obviously been the Voice of Anfield, for over 47 years, so in that time, who is the best player you’ve seen in Liverpool Red?
George – I always say that picking my favourite player is like trying to say which is my favourite out of my 3 children and 9 grandchildren! However if pushed it would have to be Kenny for all sorts of reasons.
Ben – There has always been a special atmosphere at Anfield, and some equally special moments, of these what is your favourite Anfield moment?
George – My favourite Anfield moment is probably the end of the 6 minutes added time when we played Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final back in 2005. The fact that we’d beaten Chelsea and Mourinho was very rewarding but just the realisation that we’d got back to the big final after 20 years away was such an achievement. I was at Heysel Stadium in 1985 and I thought we’d never get back in there (Champions League Final).
Ben- You have, perhaps seen some of the finest Liverpool teams in world football in the 80s and 90s, how does the current squad compare to those great sides of the past?
George – Your use of the word ‘squad’ is the significant thing here. If the first 11 (whoever they are!) are fit and together then they could be top draw, but in 1982/3/4 we had the best team in Europe. They were a joy to watch and, but for Heysel, would have dominated Europe for years and years.
Ben – Jurgen is obviously evolving this Liverpool side, do you think he is the man to end the League Title wait and bring the glory days back to Anfield?
George – I have absolute faith in Jurgen; I think he’s early finished building the team he wants. I’ve been saying for a while now that we needed more muscle in the team and a scouse heart in place. Virgil Van Dijk is the muscle and there are a few local lads starting to come through the ranks.
Ben – If you could bring in any player into this Liverpool side, who would it be and why?
George – I’m afraid I think we still need a keeper who will command his area. Shankly’s mantra was always about the spine of the team. Keeper, Centre-Back, Centre Forward. Mohammed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk are in place. Now we need the final part. Danny ward maybe?
Ben- Many Reds would dream of doing your job, being the Voice of Anfield, even after 47 years, do you still feel the excitement on Match days?
George – I get very nervous on match days nowadays. There’s a lot more to the job then there was. I’m heading towards the end of my 47th season, and would like to make it to 50! But no more than that! I think there will be a queue for it.
Thank you to George for taking part in this Q and A session with Ben. I hope you have enjoyed reading this interview with George. You can follow George on Twitter at @VoiceOfAnfield