Karl Coppack

Booing and Fan Hypocrisy

Booing and Fan Hypocrisy

Football fans are hypocrites. Downright hypocrites. Yes, you! I’m talking about you. Specifically you. You more than most. Not me though. I’m pure as the driven snow. What has driven me to this tirade? It’s this. On Sunday afternoon, in the hammering rain of the Etihad, Liverpool’s left-back was booed. People actually contorted their faces and made a sound they probably haven’t used since the last time they watched a pantomime. His crime? Touching the ball. Booed. Just think about …
Liverpool and Manchester City: Similarities and Momentum

Liverpool and Manchester City: Similarities and Momentum

This is the story of two sides. One is full of quality throughout their starting XI. It’s brimming with pace and verve on the occasions when everything works, yet with a soft underbelly and a stuttering approach to the game when things run the other way. They’re more than capable of going on a run to fire them up the league, but are somehow riveted with doubts and mental weakness when the going gets tough. Understandable, given that their manager …
New Ways To Win For Liverpool

New Ways To Win For Liverpool

There isn’t much to be said for getting old. As the years roll by certain truisms land and hit you in the solar plexus. For example, it is looking increasingly unlikely that I'll ever play centre mid for Liverpool. Oh, don’t give me that ‘if you just go to the gym a bit more and stop eating cheese’ nicety, it's just not happening. Liverpool have yet to give a debut to a 48 year old. It's time to let the dream …
Adam Lallana and The Wrongs of Being Right

Adam Lallana and The Wrongs of Being Right

One of the best things about following, supporting and sharing any views on football is the unerring ability to be wrong. Seriously. Being wrong is great. It’s an incredibly underrated skill. Imagine a scenario where the opposite is the case. You go to the match or a pub or to someone’s house and you call everything with 100% accuracy. ‘He’s no good.   He’s brilliant. He can’t play there. He’ll come good in exactly 48 games and that lad will be …
A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

There’s usually solace in defeat. As the Reds trumped off the pitch at the KC Stadium this month with catcalls ringing in their ears, many of us thought that that was to be the season low, the nadir, the point at which we look back at and say ‘That’s when things began to change.’ They did not. Then came Spurs and the inevitable win. Nothing was more assured than those three points and the performance which generated them. Put this …
Leicester v Liverpool & How Changes to the Kick-off Impacts the Fans

Leicester v Liverpool & How Changes to the Kick-off Impacts the Fans

Over the last few years I’ve started to enjoy non-footballing weekends like the last one. Sure, the match-day sense of expectation with the accompanied stomach cramps of anxiety and dread are always welcome,  but every now and then time off is a nice thing. A stress-free couple of days to end the week. Thanks to the lads kindly donating our 4th Round tie to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool did not play at the weekend, yet there was still a game which interested …
Both Wijnaldum and Can Have Roles to Play This Season

Both Wijnaldum and Can Have Roles to Play This Season

Farewell then, Tottenham Hotspur. They came, they saw, they met a frosty-faced Senegalese who wanted a word. Despite a dislike of them which has survived decades and has no basis – though maybe it had something to do with Glenn Hoddle’s louche hair and tight shorts – I do find them fascinating. In the 90s they took many a ropey midfielder off our hands just as they slowed down (Redknapp, Murphy, Leonhardsen) so I’m grateful for that, but they’ve always …
Liverpool: 2017. Don't Give Up

Liverpool: 2017. Don't Give Up

Well, this is not good. Good is the thing it is not. On a good/bad ratio the numbers are stacked in the latter camp. The opening seven games of 2017 have seen the Reds win one, draw three and lose three. Only at Home Park did Liverpool leave the pitch a goal in credit and that was with a predominantly second string in a pretty average game. We’re just not playing well what with the first team slowing down and …
Lucas Leiva: The Intangible Benefits of Liverpool's Most Experienced Player

Lucas Leiva: The Intangible Benefits of Liverpool's Most Experienced Player

I’m pleased it was Lucas. For all the talk of Jurgen’s ambitious new shavers coming in to kick start the FA Cup campaign, it took the oldest head in red to beat his man at the near post and thunder in from close range. A goal from the other end of the Woodburn/Leeds scale. Old man comes in and saves the day rather than a new buck makes a good start for Liverpool. As a man of advanced years I …
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2 - I'm Furious With You All!

Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2 - I'm Furious With You All!

Heads have gone. Absolutely gone. Liverpool drew 2-2 with one of the worst sides in recent Premiership history and the people are furious. Come full time, Twitter and Facebook became a modern day version of George Orwell’s Two Minute Hate. ‘How typical of us to beat City and then not beat a Moyes side!’ ‘Good riddance, Lucas!’ ‘That’s the league gone! We’ll never catch Chelsea now!’ I read those words on the night of the Sunderland game (that being the …
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