Joe Simpson

The Liverpool Fanbase Strikes Back

The Liverpool Fanbase Strikes Back

When re-watching The Empire Strikes Back recently in preparation for the AI Movie Night Podcast Star Wars episodes, I was struck by how similar some of the messages in the film are to the messages given to Liverpool players and the fans by Klopp. Warning: Spoilers for the original Star Wars Trilogy to follow My favourite scene in the film sees Yoda trying to teach Luke Skywalker how to fully harness and control the force. Despite Luke being extremely strong …
Klopp, Zlatan and the Transfer Market

Klopp, Zlatan and the Transfer Market

As many of you of a similar age to me will know there was an 1980s TV series (and also more recently a film version) called The Equalizer  in which the basic premise was that Robert McCall (played by Edward Woodward who was great in the role), an ex CIA operative, who on seeing the various injustices perpetrated against the weak by the strong in 1980s New York decided to use his skills to help those in need equalize the odds …
Craig Johnston - Heroes of Our Past

Craig Johnston - Heroes of Our Past

Before I begin I have to say that this Heroes of the Past article is going to be a bit different. I have a confession to make – I hardly saw Craig Johnston play (aside from videos years later), of course I saw his FA Cup goal and then played football afterwards but I was too young at that age to really appreciate football players’ abilities and achievements. How if I haven’t seen him play is he a hero of …
Sean Connery, Winners and Mario Balotelli

Sean Connery, Winners and Mario Balotelli

Mason: Are you sure you're ready for this? [walks up staircase] Goodspeed: I'll do my best. Mason: [stops and motions back to Goodspeed] Your best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*ck the prom queen! When the squabble happened over who would take the penalty at Anfield I like many watching it unfold had a range of conflicting thoughts and feelings.  I didn’t like seeing Balotelli take the penalty from the Captain, Jordan Henderson, but at …
Steven Gerrard, Michael Corleone and Leadership

Steven Gerrard, Michael Corleone and Leadership

Jamie Carragher’s recent comments on the lack of leadership in the Liverpool team has shone the spotlight on Gerrard’s leadership abilities. Whilst Carragher was undoubtedly talking about the lack of leadership throughout the team it is understandable that it has raised questions about the leadership provided by our Captain. Before I go any further let’s get something straight: I believe that Steven Gerrard is one of the finest players to ever play for the club and arguably the most complete …
To Marquee, or Not To Marquee? That Was The Question for Liverpool

To Marquee, or Not To Marquee? That Was The Question for Liverpool

As the dust settles following the closure of the transfer market there is still a lingering question for many: Why didn’t we buy a so called marquee signing? Of course in a way you could argue we did as in terms of talent and worldwide column inches Balotelli certainly ticks the boxes. However when people bemoan the absence of a so called marquee signing what they really mean is a marquee signing who isn’t in any way considered to have …
Hodging your Bets | Roy Hodgson and the FA

Hodging your Bets | Roy Hodgson and the FA

First things first I am not a fan of the England football team, I have nothing against them or anything, it’s just that club football is everything to me. However whilst I’m not a fan of England I am even less of a fan of incompetence. You may think this is where I’m going to go to town on Roy Hodgson, and to an extent you’d be right but not entirely. Whatever you think of Roy Hodgson I think we …
Liverpool FC - Fit for Purpose

Liverpool FC - Fit for Purpose

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, having finished 2nd playing a breathtaking style of football, have been praised for various qualities – skill, pace, creativity etc but one quality - which they have that has received relatively little comment - is the fitness levels of the players. With much of Liverpool’s success last season based on blitzing teams early with high intensity pressing – as evidenced by a certain podcast we know and love. (Gags made me add that bit in!) Rodgers perhaps …

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