The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 8) - Thank Evans, it's over!

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 8) - Thank Evans, it's over!

This is the eighth and final instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first seven parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 STEVE NICOL: On a positive note, he did introduce two of Liverpool’s greatest players in the modern era into the first team – Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. ROBBIE FOWLER: Macca, Rob Jones, Mike …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 7) - Temper, Temper

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 7) - Temper, Temper

This is the seventh instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first six parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 IAN RUSH: He had learned a lot from his time in Italy, and was introducing ideas and methods that just about every manager since has adopted. Wenger changed the training, diet and lifestyle of Arsenal when he …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 6) - Ahead of his Time?

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 6) - Ahead of his Time?

This is the sixth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first five parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 ROY EVANS: I tried to talk Graeme out of sacking Thommo. I told him to get him in the office, sit him down and have the whole thing out, face to face. Both of them could have got …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 5) - The Unforgivable Interview

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 5) - The Unforgivable Interview

This is the fifth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s.  You can find the first four parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 RONNIE WHELAN: Dicks and Ruddock were bought because Souey wanted strong, hard men in his team. And that’s fine – Souey was a strong, hard man too. But he was a top-class ball-player as well. JAN MOLBY: As a …
The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 4) - More Transfer Woe for the Reds

The Souness Years - In Their Own Words (Part 4) - More Transfer Woe for the Reds

This is the fourth instalment of our Souness Years series, looking behind-the-scenes of what went on at Liverpool during the Souness era of the early 90s. You can find the first three parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 GRAEME SOUNESS: I bought Paul Stewart to provide the muscle in midfield. He moved to Spurs and they converted him into a midfield player. JAMIE CARRAGHER: He welcomed me into the reserve side with a ‘What the fuck are you doing …
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 …
A Banquet Without Wine - Book Review

A Banquet Without Wine - Book Review

A Banquet Without Wine by Anthony Stanley Book Review by Shane Clancy for AnfieldIndex.com This was a monumental undertaking for Anthony Stanley. The book provides a fast-moving, yet brilliantly detailed history of our great club in the Premier League era. First things first - there is only one specific requirement to guarantee your love of this book; you must be a Liverpool fan. Jeez, even if you’re just a football fan that should do it. Anthony has made a pretty …
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 …
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