Karl Coppack

The Other Battle To Reach The Champions League Final

The Other Battle To Reach The Champions League Final

While Liverpool had to negotiate Germany’s most recent hipster team in Hoffenheim before seeing off Maribor, Seville, Spartak Moscow, Porto, the English League champions and the conquerors of FC Barcelona, their fans face an equally rocky path on their way to the final on 26th May. To get to Kiev, our fans – many of whom have already been around the continent several times to qualify for final tickets – have to undergo several dramas to secure their trip to …
Reasons To Be Cheerful & Furious - Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

Reasons To Be Cheerful & Furious - Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

Well, the Chelsea result left me furious. Not with the team, not with the manager and not with the referee for once. Broadly speaking, I was fine with what happened on the pitch. Chelsea deprived us of space and closed down all the main passing channels. They shut up shop once they gained the lead and we huffed and puffed without really getting involved. They’re a decent side and we looked knackered so, y’know, no complaints. No, it was the …
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants - Roma 4 Liverpool 2

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants - Roma 4 Liverpool 2

It's 22.19 on 2nd May and my head's gone. Seriously. I’m all over the place. Logic has left the building. I feel like the character Red at the end of The Shawshank Redemption when he says “I find I’m so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head.” I'm on the Tube going home as I type this. The couple next to me are discussing Silvio Berlusconi and how he escapes prosecution. I'm dying to …
Three Years And A Week: Liverpool 5 Roma 2

Three Years And A Week: Liverpool 5 Roma 2

It’s the early evening of 19th April 2015 and I’m walking home from Kingsbury tube station. The sun is on my back and summer is on the way, but my heart is heavy. I pull my phone out of my pockets and press the necessary digits to find young Sachin Nakrani with whom I am writing the book ‘We’re Everywhere, Us’ – a tome so magnificent that it still resonates in the Red world despite being three seasons old (will sign …
James' Bond: The Importance of Being Milner

James' Bond: The Importance of Being Milner

It’s the 79th minute of the hectic league game between Liverpool and Manchester City. The Reds had fought City in the early exchanges before going a bit mad with second-half goals from ‘the trident’ of Mane, Salah and Firmino. They lead 4-1. On the Anfield touchline, Jurgen Klopp decides to swap Emre Can for former City player James Milner. No one argues at this. City are coming back into the game and seem annoyingly undeterred by the score-line. Furthermore, Liverpool …
The Game That Time Will Forget | Everton 0 Liverpool 0

The Game That Time Will Forget | Everton 0 Liverpool 0

Last month saw the release of Tony Evans’ Two Tribes book. It looks at the 1985-86 season set against the backdrop of social and political turmoil in and around the city at the time. Despite the shame of Heysel, the impact of Thatcherism and a city still reeling from Liverpool City Council’s war with Westminster, there was plenty to be proud about. The music scene – both here and in nearby Manchester - had never been stronger as young Liverpool …
The Return Of Anfield

The Return Of Anfield

“It’s there to remind our lads who they’re playing for and to remind the opposition who they’re playing against!” – Bill Shankly on the ‘This is Anfield’ sign.
As you get older you start to hanker for the good times. You see everything that is new as a threat to what you hold in your heart and believe to be a better world. So you defend your time as somehow superior while pouring scorn on newer incarnations. My …
The Undercard Of The Week | Palace 1 Liverpool 2

The Undercard Of The Week | Palace 1 Liverpool 2

I can’t think about the Champions League. Sorry, but I just can’t. It’s too big. I’d like to describe what’s going through my mind when I think about that tie, but it would be like trying to explain the plot of The Godfather: Part Two in six words. Impossible. If the two games with City are the main event of the coming week, it’s important to keep an eye on the undercard. Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace was deemed by …
The Return of Roy - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

The Return of Roy - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Come the summer of 2010 I’d had enough of Liverpool Football Club. Before you reach for your fiery torch and summon a lynch mob to my house I must offer up a defence. We’ve all had feelings like this from time to time. There is no one alive who thinks that the custodians of L4 are 100% right at all time and they, like anyone, are capable of instigating an over-powering sense of frustration, but in 2010 it was more …
The Egyptian King - Liverpool 5 Watford 0

The Egyptian King - Liverpool 5 Watford 0

Look, it’s not about the hat-trick. I’ve seen plenty of them in my four decades following the Reds. It’s not about scoring four times. I was there when Suarez bagged four against Norwich, when Owen did the same at Forest and Fowler at Middlesbrough. Hell, I’ve even seen Rush score five in a 6-0 win at Luton. No, it’s not that. It’s not about his twisting and turning. I saw Torres in his pomp; including one game at White Hart …
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