Karl Coppack

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Local Hero

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Local Hero

I know it shouldn’t be important, but it is. I know it should just be about the team, but this isn’t. I know that it shouldn’t matter who scores for Liverpool, but on this occasion it means the world. When Trent Alexander-Arnold wheeled away in celebration in Germany this week, and tried gamely to calm his mind after his magnificent achievement, he knew that any attempt at casualness and insouciance would be an act of folly. He had just done …
Liverpool 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Liverpool 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Welcome to Groundhog Day. The 2017-18 season kicked off at 12.30pm on Saturday and by 12.38pm Liverpool’s defensive frailties were already on show. It was the familiar story. A corner, a near post ball, the flailing of limbs and yellow shirts whirling away in celebration. 1-0 Watford. I was yards away from that corner flag at the time and had the same view as the corner taker, Jose Holebas. I noticed that Watford had a player unmarked at the edge …
Liverpool and Western Union

Liverpool and Western Union

Earlier this week, Liverpool announced a new sponsor and company logo to go along with Standard Chartered on the kit. Western Union, the financial and communications company based in Colorado, now have their logo emblazoned on the arm of the new shirt. Liverpool Chief Executive Peter Moore said: “When the Premier League announced in February that we were able to go look for a sleeve sponsor for our jerseys we were excited on a number of levels,” Whatever floats your …
Jurgen's Four Centre-Backs

Jurgen's Four Centre-Backs

Well, the blood really is up, isn’t it? To be honest, the last few days have been too much for a man of my all too advancing years and, on Saturday, I took the decision to momentarily mute Twitter until this was all over. After all, I’ve (mis)used these pages before to point out that I like a summer break from football. I need time to recover from the ten months of joy and anxiety of a season – and …
1899 Hoffenheim - The Germans Rags To Riches Story

1899 Hoffenheim - The Germans Rags To Riches Story

And so it all comes down to Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim e.V., or 1899 Hoffenheim for short. I might start giving them their full name though. I’m definitely getting a half and half scarf. Being a relatively new club   on the European stage there isn’t a great deal known about the men from Baden-Wurttemberg in Southern Germany. The most famous thing about them, from our perspective at least, is of course the transfer of Roberto Firmino for £29m in …
Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

The Reds 0-3 win at Hertha Berlin was a fine performance and provided a fillip in this most frustrating of LFC summers. Though pre-season score-lines are generally regarded as useless and worthy only for their aerobic benefits, it was interesting to see how the new signings coped. Dom Solanke scored a beautiful goal and we already knew what Salah can do so it was more interesting to see Andy Robertson play the second half. The young Scot settled quickly and …
The Safe Standing Debate and Poll

The Safe Standing Debate and Poll

On Saturday afternoon, the Liner Hotel behind Lime Street station was the venue for an open debate on the issue of safe standing and, in particular, the possible introduction of rail seating at Anfield. Hosted by Spirit of Shankly, the fans' Union, the panel consisted of Amanda Jacks – the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation, Rick Riding – an Inspector with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and John-Paul Taylor - the Celtic FC Supporter Liaison Officer. Jay McKenna of SoS …
Lucas Leiva: Retire The 21 Shirt

Lucas Leiva: Retire The 21 Shirt

“People just don’t know just how good Lucas is” – Rafa Benitez, 2009. Well, I think this is it. He’s finally gone. On Sunday, Lazio tweeted a photo of Lucas Leiva holding one of their scarves and unless he bought it at the airport and just happened to have been spotted by the Roman club’s photographer, it signals the end of his Liverpool career. After ten years and 344 appearances, he’s finally relinquished the number 21 shirt for good. Of …
Liverpool's Ambition Must Match The Elite

Liverpool's Ambition Must Match The Elite

I’ll say this at the outset. I’m in two minds about writing this. Back in April, fresh from the derby win at Anfield, I wrote about Ronald Koeman’s comments of satisfaction at the Blues’ performance and how they deserved better from their 3-1 defeat. I did all I could to follow his reasoning and wondered what he had seen that was denied to me as Everton pretty much gave up once Origi scored the strangest long shot of the season, …
Liverpool and the Safe Standing Debate: Safety First

Liverpool and the Safe Standing Debate: Safety First

Last week the newly elected Metro mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotherham, expressed an interest in a safe standing section at Anfield. If accepted it would put the club on a par with other clubs around the continent. People will always mention Borussia Dortmund and point to the noise that their standing section creates but it’s also been introduced closer to home, noticeably at Parkhead, home of Celtic. Of course, ours is the one club where the debate takes a more …
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