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The Runner Podcast: Episode 42 - Bundesliga Special
Sachin Nakrani is joined from Germany by Sophie Serbini & Jonathan Harding for a Bundesliga special. The two journalists, who live and breath German football, discuss the strength of the country's top division, specifically focusing on leaders and champions, Bayern Munich, the emergence of RB Leipzig and the 'problems' at Borussia Dortmund. There is also analysis of two Bundesliga players that have been linked with Liverpool - Mahmoud Dahoud and Julian Brandt, as well as of one player who made the move last summer - Loris Karius. Sophie and Jonathan also give their take on Jurgen Klopp's time so far at Anfield as well as the lowdown on the German national team ahead of their friendly with England later this month. It's a show packed full of insight, not to mention the first ever Runner in which the two guests have been in the same flat!
The Runner Podcast: Episode 41
Sachin Nakrani is joined by Joe Rimmer, digital sports journalist at the Liverpool Echo, and Henry Jackson, match reporter at This Is Anfield to look back at the Reds' horror show of a performance at Leicester. The lads analysis why Jurgen Klopp's men surrendered so easily, which players struggled in particular and what needs to change if the team is to progress under the German. There is also a review of the current squad - who stays, who goes? - and a look ahead to Saturday's must-win match against Arsenal. Joe and Henry also give their views on Liverpool online content and why, in their opinion, it's so good. It's a packed show to lift even the most depressed Red, so get listening.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 40
On Episode 40 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Harry Sherlock, writer for Goal UK, and Chas Newkey-Burden, freelance writer for, among others, FourFourTwo, for a special focusing on two of Liverpool's rivals for a top-four place, Tottenham and Arsenal. The lads given the lowdown on their respective north London clubs, with Harry bemoaning Spurs' lack of progress this season, particularly in the Champions League, and Chas explaining why he still loves Arsene Wenger and still gets annoyed with Alexis Sanchez. There is also a look back to what the guys said about Spurs and Arsenal when they appeared together on the pod during the summer, as well as their thoughts on Liverpool and their glee at Leicester's fall from champions to relegation candidates. It's a packed, insightful and interesting show, so get listening.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 39
On Episode 39 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Matt Ladson, editor of This Is Anfield, and Steven Scragg, writer for These Footy Times and creator of Anfield Bark, for a special on Liverpool fan sites. The lads discuss just how good, varied and in depth online coverage is for Reds and specifically look at how This Is Anfield and Anfield Bark came about and have to offer. There is also a discussion on the pain and gain of Twitter as well as a preview of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Wolves. It's a unique and insightful show, so get listening.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 38
On Episode 38 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by freelance writer Luke R Chandley and digital sports news editor at The Times, Sam Munnery. The lads reflect on Liverpool's goalless draw with Plymouth and assess Jurgen Klopp's squad ahead of a busy month for the Reds. Is it strong enough? Should the manager made additions via the transfer market? And if so, which areas need strengthening? There is also a discussion around how Liverpool cope without Sadio Mane and whether his absence means a big opportunity for Daniel Sturridge to prove his worth to Klopp. Finally there is a look ahead to Sunday's huge match at Old Trafford and whether or not it is a must-win fixture. The Runner is back and, as ever, makes for essential listening
The Runner Podcast: Episode 37
On Episode 37 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by David Downie, producer at Radio City, and Will Unwin, journalist at ITV Sport, to discuss two teams Liverpool face in the next few weeks - Everton and Manchester City. David gives the lowdown on Ronald Koeman's less-than-impressive Blues while Will talks about the good, bad and bonkers of life under Pep Guardiola. There is a lot of chat about dodgy goalkeepers and if there are simply fewer decent ones around now then there was in the past. The guys also give their views on Liverpool and how they feel their respective teams will do against Jurgen Klopp's Reds during the Christmas and New Year period. It's an insightful, passionate and funny show. So get stuck in.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 36
On Episode 36 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by freelance writer Jamie Bowman and Independent multimedia journalist Matt Murphy. The lads discuss five areas of Liverpool first XI - goalkeeper, centre-back, left-back, centre-midfield and centre-forward, analysing the merits of, among others, Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge. There is also a look ahead to Saturday's match against Sunderland. An easy win...surely?
The Runner Podcast: Episode 35
On Episode 35 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Karl Matchett, football writer for Bleacher Report, and making his Anfield Index debut, Jonne Lindblom, a football agent with London-based agency, World In Motion. The lads reflect on Liverpool's brilliant start to the season, asking how this team compares to the class of 2013/14 and analysing why they are such a devastating attacking threat. Jonne then speaks about what it's like being an agent working with players and clubs across Europe and the importance of sporting directors, with Liverpool having appointed one of their own in Michael Edwards. And given Jonne is from Finland, it's only right the lads reminisce about Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypia, Liverpool's fantastic Finns of yesteryear. It's a packed show that all Reds should get stuck into.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 34
On Episode 34 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by freelance football writer and editor of The False Nine, James Dutton, and Chief Content Officer at Squawka, Amar Singh, to reflect on Jurgen Klopp's first 12 months in charge of Liverpool. The lads assess how the German has made the team a thrilling attacking force, got the best out of the likes of Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, won countless 'big' matches and turned most, if not all, fans from doubters into believers. Sachin, James and Amar also grumble about the defence and assess if Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho have a future under the manager with the wonky glasses. It's an interesting and insightful show - so get listening.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 33
On Episode 33 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Henry Jackson, match reporter for This Is Anfield, and James Pearce, Liverpool correspondent for the Echo. The lads reflect on Liverpool's 5-1 mauling of Hull, look ahead to Saturday's game against Swansea and discuss Jurgen Klopp's appearance on Monday Night Football. James also goes into detail about covering Liverpool for the city's main newspaper - the responsibilities that go with such an important role and the work that entails, during the week and on matchday. He also gives his view on getting abuse on social media, the future of Mamadou Sakho and reveals how he used to regularly helped Kenny Dalglish work his television. It's a packed show full of insight and laughs, so get listening.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 32
On Episode 32 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Richard Jolly, football writer for, among others, ESPN and The Guardian, and Stephen Tudor, freelance writer and editor of The Daisy Cutter. The lads preview Saturday's Manchester derby, looking at the impact Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have made at City and United respectively and assess who the game at Old Trafford is more important for. There is also analysis of Liverpool's season so far and a reflection on Mario Balotelli following his free transfer to Nice. Is he really the club's worst ever signing?
The Runner Podcast: Episode 31
On Episode 31 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Luke R Chandley, freelance writer for the likes of Huffington Post and Sabotage Times, and Matt Murphy, multimedia journalist for the Independent. The lads reflect on Sunday's madcap win against Arsenal, analysing a brilliant attacking display and a not-so-brilliant defensive showing. They also look ahead to Saturday's visit to Burnley, discuss the rise of video journalism and speak about the upcoming launch of an exciting magazine.
The Runner Podcast: Episode 30
On Episode 30 of The Runner, Sachin Nakrani is joined by Harry Sherlock, journalist for Goal UK, and Chas Newkey-Burden, writer for FourFourTwo, to discuss Tottenham and Arsenal's preparations and prospects for the new season. Harry gives the lowdown on the Pochettino-revolution at White Hart Lane while Chas outlines life under Wenger at the Emirates. The lads also analyse Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Leicester ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, and of course there is a look at the likelihood of Liverpool continuing to progress under Jurgen Klopp.