The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

The Souness Years - Rebuilding & Rob Jones (Part 3)

In this third instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first two parts here: Part 1 Part 2 RONNIE WHELAN: You had a team now that wasn’t stable and united. There was a lot of individual play. Different players were doing different things. They weren’t fitting into a system. JOHN BARNES: When Kenny bought me and Peter Beardsley into the side, …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 2 - Too Much Too Soon?

In this second instalment of our Souness Years series, we delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes activities during the turbulent Souness era of the early 90s. Part 1 - The Souness Years: In Their Own Words - The Change of Guard was released earlier this week. GRAEME SOUNESS: McMahon and Beardsley came into my office and hinted they were ready to move on unless there were guarantees of regular first-team football and improved terms to go with it. I was impetuous …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 1 - The Change of Guard

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words: Part 1 - The Change of Guard

The rise and fall of Liverpool football club is one of the most unique in the footballing world. Built ‘up and up and up’, in both Bill Shankly’s words, actions and design, Liverpool dominated British and European football for the best part of two decades. In the eighteen years marking 1973 to 1991, Liverpool finished in the top two of the English top flight no fewer than seventeen times and were crowned champions of England eleven times. They also collected …
Liverpool FC: More Than Just a Football Club

Liverpool FC: More Than Just a Football Club

On Thursday afternoon, Liverpool FC's Twitter account tweeted a video of the new CEO, Peter Moore, detailing how Liverpool FC would be a proud member of Liverpool Pride: https://twitter.com/LFC/status/888042309505470464 I was not prepared for the comments that followed in response to the tweet. Similarly, the same type of comments were directed at Peter Moore, who also tweeted the same video. Initially, taken aback, I remembered that intolerance and homophobia within football are something that, even now, in 2017, is a prevalent …
What makes a Liverpool legend?

What makes a Liverpool legend?

It's an interesting question and one which, more than anything else, I'd just like to discuss with you readers. If you're interested in sports other than football, over the past few weeks you may well have heard or seen some 'legendary' players, teams or performances: there was Mohamed Amir's bowling spell in the Champions Trophy Final against India, India's own Virat Kohli - an indisputable legend in the making - or maybe the New Zealand Rugby Union team, and its current …
Liverpool's Best Transfer Window: 1987 or 1999?

Liverpool's Best Transfer Window: 1987 or 1999?

If, like me, you are somewhat fatigued by the daily transfer window saga being played out across all platforms of media and need to take a step back from it all, here's something I hope will help. To escape the whole shenanigans and rollercoaster of arguments, discussions and debate as to whether or not Liverpool will have a successful summer of transfer business, I've took a step back in time to two of Liverpool’s best ever transfer windows. And yes, …
Ronnie Moran and the End of the Boot Room Era

Ronnie Moran and the End of the Boot Room Era

With the passing of Ronnie Moran last week another guy rope was cut from the current Liverpool set up and the Boot Room age. The death of ‘Bugsy’ was felt keenly by those fortunate enough to witness the glory days of LFC. For many of us he simply was LFC and the sight of him in the Anfield dugout, roaring at the players was a welcome and heart-warming one – a weekly reminder that the club was in good hands …
Liverpool's Legacy Needs New Paint

Liverpool's Legacy Needs New Paint

Legacy. Heritage. History. For an enterprise that had reached the zenith of excellence, conquering all more than once, yesteryear glories can be very heavy on its shoulders. It is almost suffocating for the same enterprise to rise above cold dark times. The sense of entitlement endeared through our legacy, our heritage, our history, can only make us myopic in our quest for achieving the same heights of past glories. "It's bound to happen. We can win it again. We did …
John Barnes on Jurgen Klopp, the Academy and Pressing

John Barnes on Jurgen Klopp, the Academy and Pressing

Anfield Index recently celebrated the 100th episode of their main podcast, which also happened to coincide with the website's fifth birthday. A double celebration meant the pressure was on Gags to deliver a guest for the event, and like always he didn't disappoint. John Barnes appeared on episode 100 and episode 101, both are must listens for Reds fans of any age. For people of a certain age John Barnes was their Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard bundled into one. …
God is a Red - Robbie Fowler | Strikers Week on AnfieldIndex!

God is a Red - Robbie Fowler | Strikers Week on AnfieldIndex!

"It doesn't matter what you do, we've got God on our side", a fairly common retort from a Liverpool fan in the mid to late nineties. No matter who you were bantering with, which one of your mates' sides LFC were facing that week - United, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle, even Sheffield Wednesday at the time - it wasn't important, because we had God, and He was gonna win it for us. And, more often than not, He did! A shining …

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