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Episode 147: 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!
Episode 135: The Anfield Roar
Kaylon is joined by Gae and Justin Wells for this episode if the Anfield Index Podcast. Has Anfield grown cooler in their vocal support over recent season? Has social media taken support to a relatively worse place? A special topic following the LFC fan fallout at Bournemouth (but before the West Ham game): we look into fan reaction of such games in terms of criticism against the team, manager and individual players and ask if some of it goes a bit over the top and why.
Episode 134: Ice In Your Stomach
The title race (yes, Liverpool are still in it, believe it or not) took an unfortunate turn with defeat down south, but host Marco Lopes (@FootyML), and his guests Jon Buscall (@jonbuscall) and Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) aren’t all so convinced of the exact reasons for the mishap. While the narratives suggest that the match exposed particular vulnerabilities that have existed for a while, the three take on a considered debate of whether the reality check needs to be for the defence, Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football, mental fitness… or all of the above. All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 133: Kick 'em in the morals!
Kaylon welcomes Mike von Herf and Joseph Cousins on to the AI Podcast where they talk about out hard fought victory against Sunderland, and (briefly) on the post retirement plans of one Steven Gerrard. Their main topic concerns footballers, and therefore football fans, within the subject of modern morals and ethics. Enjoy!
Episode 132: Three’s a Crown
The Anfield Index podcast is 3 years old! To help him with the birthday candles, host Marco Lopes (@footyml) is joined by Anfield Index brain Gags Tandon (@GagsTandon) and fellow SAfrican AI host Kaylon Karrim (@The_KYLN) as they discuss their favourite moments from past podcasts down the years, the value and evolution of podcasts in supporting Liverpool, the nuances of arguing with opinion and statistical based fact, and whether or not there’s an objective truth in football. The lads also speculate about Steven Gerrard’s next job, Joe Gomez’s return from injury and discuss a item of critical importance… just which player from Liverpool’s unofficial feeder club (Southampton) made the best impression in front of their (possible) prospective employers? All this and more… it’s the Anfield Index Podcast!
Episode 131: Saints Redemption
A nice little distraction for you on your international break. Kay asks Karl and Jim to reflect on and evaluate our buys from Southampton. We look back to the time of purchase and recall what we thought on each transfer before mulling over each players evolution at Anfield. We end the pod with a cheeky question on who we'd get from the current Southampton team if we could.