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Episode 156: Fee Fi Fan Fume
Champion League beckons the reds after a tense but ultimately euphoric final league game of the season. LFC plays Tuesday and Wednesday nights next season! After celebrating this just a bit, Kay, Justin Wells (AI USA) and Joe Connors (AI Legends, AI USA), wade into treacherous territory! We discuss fan positivity and pessimism on social media, the responsibility of the fan to the club, and likewise, from the club to fans. Our convo covers fans, owners management and more.
Episode 155: FSG and Klopp's Forced Hand
Recent LFC performances have forced the hand of Klopp in terms of personnel and formation change. We take a look at at how this is exacerbated by the special trade off of playing staff vs system with Liverpool's small playing squad and lack of rotation. Before that, however, we have a look at FSG, how their success in the commercial sphere has not been matched on the field, and what this will mean for future campaigns.
Episode 154: Reflecting Forward
In Anfield Index #154 (@FootyML) is joined by his friends from the AI Comic Pod Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) and Stuart Bridson (@SmallHandStu) to reflect on some of the ills that have pained Liverpool’s crawl to the top 4 finish line. After a review of Milner’s non penalty taking attributes and consideration of Klopp’s tactical choices, the gents all put their heads together to use the current season’s context to set some preliminary thoughts on next season’s targets; But instead of just setting points tallies and league positions, the lads take the time to debate tactical styles, recruitment principles and other qualitative priorities that Liverpool may want to consider … All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 153: Mama say what?
The dust has settled on this issue (somewhat) so we decided to open the can of worms that is the Sakho thing. Karl Coppack (football writer and novelist) and Leanne Precott (AI writer) wade in with their opinions on the situation, as we try to see things from a varoety of perspectives. We also abstract the issue to talking about how LFC seem to currently manage the squad as well as look to decide transfer targets.
Episode 152: Bitter Pill
Deflated but not defeated, Anfield Index episode #152 sees a cathartic discussion between host Marco Lopes (@FootyML), Jason Roberts (@JaseRoberts_) and Joseph Cousins (@JCuzzy1) for a detailed look at the defeat to Crystal Palace, and the weaknesses in the game idea employed by Liverpool as a whole. The discussion expands to everything from set pieces and game control to the issues with the defence, why Dejan Lovren may not be the scapegoat, and why a hated rival could be a template for future attacking strategies. The lads even find time to discuss why some players are likely to be left to shake alone… All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 151: The Run In
It's AI 151! We get the old Global pod team together again to discuss the LFC run in. We look at each remaining game and predict results for each, and we do the same for the rest of the assumed top 6. See where LFC finish in our books. We end on a quick talk about how league position will affect transfers.
Episode 150: Why Should We Expect More?
A rollercoaster of emotions in the past week of Liverpool’s footballing fortunes form the topic of focus for host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) and AI Comic Pod host Stuart Bridson (@SmallHandStu) in the landmark 150th episode of the Anfield Index Podcast. The pair share a thoughtful discussion on whether or not expectations should have changed at the midway point of season 16/17, where Klopp’s mindset may be in terms of players suiting systems or vice versa, and the significance of the last stretch of the imminent race for a top 4 spot. All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 149: Not the Season Review
Kay is joined by Liverpool born actor and LFC fan, Kent Riley along with our own Nina Kauser (AI NKS) as we delve into a not-so-serious review of our season so far. First up, we share our thoughts on LFC Legend, and true great of our club, Mr. Ronnie "Liverpool" Moran. We then move onto discussing our season with a review of media interactions, social media and some on field things. Categories include transfers, goals scored/conceded and bastardy tackles. A bit of a lighter pod this week, but not without some great discussion points.
Episode 148: The Champions League Table
The Champions League draw! Arsenal capitulating! Mourinho pantomiming! It’s all about the outside observations this week as host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) discusses some perspectives outside of Liverpool FC with Guardian wordsmith Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani), and Anfield Index veteran James Fishlock (@JimFish286). The lads discuss the memories of glorious Champions League knockout ties of old, debate the merits of being Arsenal, speculate on the future of Arsene Wenger, consider the run-in for Mourinho’s morose Mancs… and even find a moment to discuss the merits of using a old fashioned piece of paper to help you figure out how to sing along at Anfield! All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 147: Outside Looking In
Kay is joined by Joe Connors (AI Comic Pod Writer, AI USA) and LFC fan Justin (@Neutral Spin) in discussing questions levelled to us from Twitter LFC fans. We talk loanees, "Plan A" and wages (also see previous AI pod for different analysis). Our big topic revolves around our ownership, what they have and have not done, and some uncomfortable hypotheticals accompanied by some great debate.
Episode 146: The War of the Wages
It’s all about the wages this week! Host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) is joined by AI Movie Night host Joe Simpson (@JoeSimpson79) and Reds Review host Andy Wales (@AndyArmchair) for this edition of the Anfield Index Podcast. The lads talk about their observations from the crucial win over Arsenal, and then their attention to a more principle based examination of the wage issue at Liverpool; debating wage policy, structure, sporting directors, the Transfer Committee, and the extent to which Jurgen Klopp has (and should have) a say over all of the above. The lads close off with the big questions surrounding Emre Can’s future at Liverpool. All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 145 - Safe as Houses
Kay is joined by Sri (AI Global, AI India, AI Fantasy Football) on a two man pod two get through quite a lot of issue coverage. First up, the panel looks at the new Henderson injury and how this impacts player and team now and into the future. This topic leads to a discussion on the squad size at Liverpool FC and fan frustration felt regarding this. The second half of the pod is dedicated to the main topic of the goalkeeping situation, including looking at the goalkeeping coaching and scouting departments across the Premier League era.
Episode 144: No Europe, No Problem…?
This week’s Anfield Index podcast debates the merits of a season devoid of European football. With many team returning to European competition this past week, host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) took the chance to discuss the effect a lack of European football has had on Liverpool and whether or not it’s been as much a blessing as some suggested. Joining him in the discussion is Anfield Index chief Gags Tandon (@GagsTandon) and coach and journo Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) who pose their thoughts on squad rotation, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool’s recent training camp, and winter breaks (or lack thereof). All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!