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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!
Episode 143: Coining It!
Kay is joined by Joseph Cousins (AI Writer) and Dan Rhodes (AI Under Pressure) for the latest edition of the AI pod. The panel touches on the banning of the Newspaper, The S*n, as a media presence at Anfield before moving onto the main topic of whether finances can really be used as an excuse for LFC not having a better squad. We discuss the relevance of the European money league and contextualise it within the Premier League. The talk then moves onto the importance of Champions League before turning its attention onto internal matter of club structure and strategy. We end with a look forward as how this issue would resonate into the future.
Episode 142: Act Local, Think Global
It's a bumper edition of the Anfield Index podcast, as host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) recruits his fellow host Kaylon Karrim (@The_KYLN) and wordsmith Karl Coppack (@TheCenci) to discuss the many tribulations and lamentations around Liverpool FC. Topics explored include Mamadou Sakho's exit, the transfer window, Chelsea, Hull, Firmino's driving ban, the value of the EFL & FA Cups, and a bumper conversation on the Anfield atmosphere, the impact of foreign fans... and how much a Nando's chicken would cost you outside the UK. All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast
Episode 141: The Cog and The Machine
Kay is joined by Joey Connors (writer and AI Legends host) and Karl Coppack (football writer) to pick apart two of the biggest subjects of the day. First up, why LFC has been so rubbish recently, and what must happen for this to change. Second, the great Sturridge debate continues with the Reds frontman seemingly struggling of late. Does he yet have a future at Anfield?
Episode 140: Tight Nucleus
Liverpool remain in touching distance for the title race, even if this wasn’t their best week in the results department. Host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) is joined by Anfield Index wordsmith Joseph Cousins (@JCuzzy1) the stats and science musings of Simon Brundish (@StatsSwearwords) as they navigate a busy week in Liverpool news, and discuss Liverpool’s progress in matches within the Top 6, and against everyone else 7th down in the EPL table. Are Liverpool tired? Should Klopp rotate? Is there a player Liverpool should transfer in to win the title? Or will not making a transfer cost them Top 4? All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 139: Feeling The Pointy End
Kay, Roy and Sri get the band back together, this time for the AI pod. The first part of the pod looks at the topic of perception, and how any anticipated or achieved relative success is contextualised by fans and media. The second half of the pod focuses on the Liverpool attack, emphasising how exhilarating it has been, why it works, and how it could possibly be improved in the coming seasons. It's been a cracking season so far for LFC! Let's enjoy the ride!
Episode 138: Every Game Is A Big Game
A strange week for Liverpool, where the casual brilliance vs Stoke & the dogged display vs Man City was cut at the knees with a flat display vs Sunderland. Host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) is joined by Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) and Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) to talk about the implications; Did Liverpool focus too much on Man City? Is big match temperament even a concept in the Premier League? And are fans being too harsh on Liverpool’s progress this season? The lads also discuss transfer rumours, youngsters on the doorstep of the 1st team and their Lucas Leiva memories. All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 137: Buckling In!
LFC seem to have sustained a recent blip in result, but performances prior to that have cast some doubt on the ability of Klopp's Reds to sustain a title challenge. We look over the season so far and try to dig out the cause this dip in form. We also look at ways the manager can address these in the new year, including possible transfers. Host Kay is joined by Jagdesh and Tabish for this show.
Episode 136: Tactics, Transfers and Title Talk
With Liverpool still making progress and a title challenge (albeit difficult) still in reach, host Marco Lopes (@FootyML) takes a serious examination on the current team’s progression, its weaknesses and how to address them through tactical shifts and transfers. Joining him for such an introspection is the ever outspoken Dave Hendrick (@DaveHendrick_) making a long awaited return to the show. The two gents discuss loads of key questions; Was Lorius Karius fairly treated this past week? Which are the most upgradeable positions in Liverpool that should be addressed in the transfer window? Should Emre Can be repurposed as a centre back? Why has Adam Lallana blossomed? And just who is Liverpool’s most important player? All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!