Karl Coppack

Why Liverpool FC Shouldn't Get Shirty About Salah

Why Liverpool FC Shouldn't Get Shirty About Salah

A very tentative welcome to Mohamed Salah then. At the time of writing the Egyptian has all-but signed a four year contract for the Reds and I know we’ve been here before, but this could actually be a proper signing. We’ve made a bid and everything. It looks like he’ll cost a little more than Sadio Mane but God knows what represents a good fee these days. I’m still struggling to see how Jordan Ibe cost Bournemouth £15,000,000. Don’t get …
Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Much of the focus of the summer – which is still only weeks old, it should be said – for fans of any club, is the possibility and speculation of the transfer window. We’re all anxious to see who we can get through the door and onto the pitch for next season’s inevitable League and Champions League double, but it’s also worth remembering that there are two elements to all this. While incoming signings are by far the more exciting, …
The Boston VVD Party

The Boston VVD Party

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Anfield Index, urging the club to be step up the quality of its transfer targets. No more, I claimed, should we shop at the local grocers when we can afford to stroll the aisles at Harrods. After all, we’ve entered the porches of the elite now and are allowed to move away from the discount section. Because the title involved the acronym ‘FSG’ the comments were crammed with people either defending …
Jurgen Klopp And The Cult Of The Manager

Jurgen Klopp And The Cult Of The Manager

"I am 'The Normal One'. I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I was a very average player. I don't compare myself with these genius managers from the past." Five years ago the cream of world football managers were sat in Spain and Germany. Guardiola and Mourinho were the two biggest names in the game and occupied the greatest and most successful of dugouts. Around the same time – and I mean this with respect – Liverpool and …
Just Who Is Mohamed Salah?

Just Who Is Mohamed Salah?

It’s always struck me that the LFC footballing world knows more about obscure players than I ever could. Time and again a name will come up and there’ll be sage nods around the fans of an ‘Ah yes, played 40 times for Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs in 2015. Good player’ nature while I’m left scratching my head in confusion. This could be due to a lack of curiosity on my part or, most likely, inherent laziness but, when thousands of …
FSG: No More Shortcuts!

FSG: No More Shortcuts!

The Small Faces once sang about the joy of resting in the afterglow. I’ve had similar thoughts this week, safe in the knowledge that a) my weekends no longer contain 90-95 minutes of intense panic and worry and b) Liverpool have had an enormous door opened to them and been ushered into the green room of European football. Personally, I like a break from football. At my age it’s good to recalibrate and take stock before stiffening up the sinews …
Liverpool FC: The Journey, Not The Destination

Liverpool FC: The Journey, Not The Destination

A few years ago I made a promise to myself. I’d become increasingly more fascinated with Arsenal and their level of ambition. In the early part of this century they were simply imperious with consecutive FA Cups, league titles and the greatest strikers in their history in Henry and Bergkamp, but as Roman Abramovich’s petro-dollars took hold and Chelsea replaced them at the summit of the English game, their desires lessened. In May 2005, as Liverpool prepared to head out …
Liverpool v Middlesbrough - The Final Push!

Liverpool v Middlesbrough - The Final Push!

Well, here we are. Game 38. All or nothing (and the Europa League is nothing as far as I’m concerned. It’s a fine, a tax on not being good enough for the Big Lads Cup). It all comes down to this. Firstly, I’m fairly sure that that 3-4 game at the Emirates which started this whole shebang was at most three months ago. Where the hell has this year gone? At this stage, we still don’t know what this season …
Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about… Well, if that was to be Daniel Sturridge’s penultimate game for Liverpool it was either a demonstration of what we’re going to miss or a sigh of relief that we no longer have to deal with his maddening unreliability. That depends on your stance. The 27-year old has missed the equivalent of entire seasons since he’s been here and spends more …
Jurgen Klopp: The Bench Connection

Jurgen Klopp: The Bench Connection

Well someone didn’t get the memo. Following three gutsy away games at Stoke, West Brom and Watford, and two limp ones at home to Bournemouth and Palace, yesterday’s match was an opportunity for the real Liverpool to stand up and beat their chests. Three games left, lads. Time to wipe Southampton away as City had done to Palace the previous day, yeah? Do you want this or not? Hmm? Not sure. This reticence to take what’s in front of our …
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