Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

As I sit down to write this, there are actual people of intelligence preparing to watch David Moyes' Sunderland take on Arsenal in the hope that the Mackems will eke out some kind of result. This is the kind of entirely avoidable madness that leads to dark bouts of depression. To compound the lunacy, the same people will probably have one eye on Everton's attempts against the Gunners on the final day. If anything, expecting an Evertonian gift is the …
More Birthday Blues For The Reds?

More Birthday Blues For The Reds?

Birthdays can be a real source of emotional volatility as one gets older. On the face of it, it's a great blessing to have lasted another year in a world moving at such a distressing pace, in a direction which no longer seems certain, but on the other hand, one is afflicted with terrible and crushing angst about just where one fits in, nowadays. Why is everyone dabbing, for example? What even IS dabbing? Is anyone else cold? Having reached …
Desert Island Reds: My Dream Liverpool XI

Desert Island Reds: My Dream Liverpool XI

My Desert Island Line-Up is made up of players who have represented Liverpool from 1989, when I first started supporting the club, to the present day. The formation is 4-3-3: GK Pepe Reina Liverpool have had some truly dodgy goalkeepers in the past 28 years (David James, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek to name but three) so any who was even half consistent would get into this team. Reina was more than that. Not only a hugely reliable presence for the …
Liverpool Are Lacking That One True Superstar

Liverpool Are Lacking That One True Superstar

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Manchester United to their League Cup triumph on Sunday afternoon, it was impossible not to feel a twinge of jealousy. Liverpool’s most bitter rivals had been outplayed for much of the game against a slick Southampton side, but Ibrahimovic was ultimately the difference between the two sides. The legendary Swede has been an enormous success story at Old Trafford, unfortunately, with his all-conquering swagger both on and off the pitch helping transform a club in delightful …
Eleven Games In for Liverpool: 2016-17 vs. 1987-88

Eleven Games In for Liverpool: 2016-17 vs. 1987-88

If you were fortunate enough to be at Anfield on Sunday, you probably left the ground with conflicting emotions. Watching the league leaders take the seventh place team apart while our rivals stutter was a joy to behold, but there’s a voice somewhere reminding us of false hope. Hubris kills. Title challenges come rare to Liverpool – 2002, 2009 and 2014 being probably the last three – but as the Chelsea and Palace games were only a couple of years …
Liverpool's 1992 FA Cup run

Liverpool's 1992 FA Cup run

A Simpler Time Looking ahead to next season I wanted to write about a time when the FA Cup still meant a great deal to all clubs and managers. Defeat to Sevilla last month ensured that Liverpool’s focus is going to be domestically fixated next term. With no European football to contend with surely Klopp will want his men to compete on all three fronts at home? Ronnie Moran Leads Them Out On 9th May 1992, Wembley Stadium was the …
The Beautiful Game - The Lookers of Liverpool FC

The Beautiful Game - The Lookers of Liverpool FC

After Liverpool announced the signing of Loris Karius my wife, who has a fleeting interest in football at best, asked if he was a footballer or model which left me thinking what would be the club's best looking team? From the ‘90s Spice Boys to the face cream team in the Nivea adverts here’s a look back at past and present Liverpool players who arguably make the best looking team of all time. The Manager: Jurgen Klopp There’s only one candidate …
Liverpool - Hold Your Head Up High

Liverpool - Hold Your Head Up High

It’s not a great time to be a Liverpool supporter right now. The league campaign – what, for many, gives the season it’s real wings – is in danger of spiralling into a damage limitation exercise. It can be grim watching the Reds; a chronic lack of pace, a blunt object seemingly incapable of finding the net and giving us goals, the currency of joy and a huge reason we go to a game. It’s grim, make no mistake. January …
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. …
Return of the Jedi: Ian Rush

Return of the Jedi: Ian Rush

"A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I'm out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!" Deal with it Han Solo, he’s definitely a Jedi! A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Everton thought they were striking back. They almost did. They had the 1984/85 season where they amassed 90 points and won the league with a 13 point gap over the course of 42 matches. They won the European Cup Winners' Cup and lost in …
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