Karl Coppack

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Football commentators like to give partnerships names. Shearer and Sutton were known as ‘SaS’ in the days when Blackburn were tearing up the League while Liverpool had their own ‘RAF’ when Rush and Fowler ruled the Anfield roost. Spurs had their ‘Famous Five’ too, back in the time that Ossie Ardiles was all about scoring and conceding tons at the same time. I mention this as I’ve heard talk of our own front three referred to as ‘The Trident’ which …
Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Many years ago in the days when he was a footballer rather than a TV host and the online taunter of phone hackers, Gary Lineker belittled the idea of a glorious pre-season goal. His view was that, given a finite number of goals in any striker’s career, you want your thirty yard volley to be in a vital match - maybe a semi-final or in injury time in a final. You don’t want it against Alfreton Town’s youth team in …
Alisson: Liverpool Look Ready

Alisson: Liverpool Look Ready

Rafael Benitez once claimed that managing a small club was akin to owning a short blanket. In a chat following a match, he told the former West Brom manager Tony Mowbray, that a small blanket is of no use to anyone. You can cover your head to keep out the cold, but it will leave your feet sticking out, or, you cover them up and leave your head exposed to the elements. Ultimately, a short blanket will always be cold. …
Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this and the World Cup is all but over. On the whole, it’s been a triumph. The home nation’s journey to the quarter-finals have made it interesting domestically – ever the hallmark of a good World Cup – and the introduction of VAR have kept all but the usual blowhard pundits happy. True, the majority of the big teams went out early, but that did little to reduce the intrigue of the fixtures. There …
The Curious Case of John Arne Riise

The Curious Case of John Arne Riise

Last week, Leanne Prescott, AnfieldIndex's impish commentator, and I had an email exchange about the changing role of the fullback. Her argument - and it’s one I have no great issue with – is that the modern-day full-back spends as much time in the opponents half as his own. Gone are the days when the average wide defender could sit back and keep an eye on opposing wingers. Steve Finnan, Alvaro Arbeloa and, latterly, Nathaniel Clyne would need to do …
Liverpool's Change of Striking Options for 2018-19

Liverpool's Change of Striking Options for 2018-19

With the World Cup in full swing, it’s been wonderfully quiet on the LFC front. Indeed, if the club needed to negotiate a bad story through a usually vigilant media, it could do no better than to do this of all months. The footballing world is caught up in Diego Maradona, VAR and Chris Sutton’s constant tone of confusion and disappointment. But one thing has come out this week. Danny Ings has announced, having received no guarantees about his first-team …
Why The Fume Over Liverpool's Summer?

Why The Fume Over Liverpool's Summer?

I write these words on 14th June - World Cup day. It would be too much to suggest that you’ve noticed my absence from this website but, trust me, I haven’t stroked a keyboard for a fortnight. There are many reasons for this - work has been busy, every weekend has been booked up and my new novel is almost ready for publication, but there’s a more dominant reason. I’ve had nothing to say. Seriously, there isn’t much to get …
The Joy Of Hubris: Liverpool v Real Madrid

The Joy Of Hubris: Liverpool v Real Madrid

In some ways this is all to do with Gini Wijnaldum. Last May he broke down the Anfield right and slotted a vital goal past Middlesbrough’s Brad Guzan to calm Red nerves and put us on the way to Champions League qualification. He was then pretty quiet for the intervening months save for a goal against Huddersfield Town. Eleven months from that Boro strike, however, he finally delivered a goal away from home. He chose the second leg of the …
The Other Battle To Reach The Champions League Final

The Other Battle To Reach The Champions League Final

While Liverpool had to negotiate Germany’s most recent hipster team in Hoffenheim before seeing off Maribor, Seville, Spartak Moscow, Porto, the English League champions and the conquerors of FC Barcelona, their fans face an equally rocky path on their way to the final on 26th May. To get to Kiev, our fans – many of whom have already been around the continent several times to qualify for final tickets – have to undergo several dramas to secure their trip to …
Reasons To Be Cheerful & Furious - Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

Reasons To Be Cheerful & Furious - Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

Well, the Chelsea result left me furious. Not with the team, not with the manager and not with the referee for once. Broadly speaking, I was fine with what happened on the pitch. Chelsea deprived us of space and closed down all the main passing channels. They shut up shop once they gained the lead and we huffed and puffed without really getting involved. They’re a decent side and we looked knackered so, y’know, no complaints. No, it was the …
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