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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!
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!