Rival Recon

Listen in to Rival Recon each week, as Hari Sethi takes a deep dive into the world of the Reds’ upcoming opponents across Europe and the Premier League. Through 1 on 1 discussions with opposition fans and journalists across the UK and Europe, Rival Recon will ensure you’re armed with all of the essential pre-match insight as Klopp’s side look to compete on all fronts.

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Rival Recon: Liverpool v Luton Town 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Luton Town 23/24

Following a comprehensive 4-1 win over Brentford last weekend, the Reds now turn their attention towards a midweek clash with Luton Town at Anfield before everyone’s attention shifts to the Carabao Cup Final this Sunday. Joining Hari on the pod this week to discuss how Luton Town have defied expectations this season & whether they’ll have enough to stay up, we welcome on Mark Ryland of the WALT Podcast.
Rival Recon: Brentford vs Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Brentford vs Liverpool 23/24

The Reds bounced back from their blip at the Emirates to defeat Burnley 3-1 last weekend, restablishing their position at the top of the table. On Rival Recon this week we focus in on a tricky away game as the Reds travel to Brentford to take on Thomas Frank’s side this Saturday lunchtime. With Toney back from suspension & amongst the goals already, this promises to be another testing early kick off for Klopp’s side. Joining Hari this week we have Mike Johnston from The Ealing Road Podcast.
Rival Recon: Liverpool vs Burnley 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool vs Burnley 23/24

Rival Recon returns as the Reds look to bounce back from first legitimate loss of the season against Arsenal last weekend. Next up are relegation battling Burnley as Vincent Kompany’s side arrives at Anfield this Saturday looking destined for the drop. Joining Hari to discuss the Claret’s poor season & expectations for the future, we welcome back Natalie Bromley from the No Nay Never podcast.
Rival Recon: Arsenal v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Arsenal v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon returns after an emphatic 4-1 win over Chelsea this Wednesday saw the Reds reestablish a 5 point lead at the top of the Premier League. With first teamers back in full training, including the mythical Thiago Alcantara, Klopp’s side now turn their attention towards Arsenal, as they head to the Emirates this Sunday afternoon. Joining Hari this week to discuss Arsenal’s season to date, how big Sunday’s game is to their title hopes and more, we welcome on Chief Arsenal Writer for FootballLDN, Kaya Kayak.
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Chelsea 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Chelsea 23/24

The Reds return to Premier League action this weekend looking to solidify their place as league leaders as they travel to the seaside to take on in form Bournemouth side. Joining Hari to discuss the Cherries progress under Iraeola & expectations for the season, we welcome Craig from Bournemouth channel, Up the Cherries in All Departments
Rival Recon: Bournemouth v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Bournemouth v Liverpool 23/24

The Reds return to Premier League action this weekend looking to solidify their place as league leaders as they travel to the seaside to take on in form Bournemouth side. Joining Hari to discuss the Cherries progress under Iraeola & expectations for the season, we welcome Craig from Bournemouth channel, Up the Cherries in All Departments
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Newcastle 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Newcastle 23/24

The Reds are set to end 2023 as the league leaders following Arsenal’s defeat against West Ham on Monday evening. Klopp will be keen for Liverpool to start 2024 in style as they welcome a struggling Newcastle at Anfield on Monday evening. With Eddie Howe’s side having lost 6 out of their last 7 games, Hari is joined by Newcastle correspondent for The Athletic, Chris Waugh to dive into why it’s been such a challenging season so far.
Rival Recon: Burnley v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Burnley v Liverpool 23/24

On this edition of Rival Recon Hari is joined by Natalie Bromley of the No Nay Never Podcast to preview the boxing day game against Burnley at Turf Moor. They discuss the game in great detail as Vincent Kompany tries to steer the Clarets away from the relegation zone.
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Arsenal 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Arsenal 23/24

Rival Recon returns as the Reds take on league leaders Arsenal on Saturday afternoon in what could well end up being a pivotal game in determining who goes on to win the PL title this season. The Reds bounced back from their drab draw against Utd last weekend, with a 5-1 win over West Ham that saw them secure a place in the semi-finals of the EFL cup. Can Anfield become a cauldron once more to swallow up Arsenal this weekend? Joining Hari on the pod, we welcome back lifelong Gunners fan & Commissioning Editor for The Guardian's feature section, Chris Godfrey. He shares his perspective on the development of this Arsenal side under Arteta & whether they have what it takes to go all the way this season.
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Man United 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Man United 23/24

The Reds are finally back home with added numbers to the crowd, and they welcome the old enemy Man United to Anfield this Sunday. Hari is joined by Manchester United correspondent of the Athletic Carl Anka to discuss the fixture ahead, and the troubles the red devils have been through this season so far. 
Rival Recon: Crystal Palace v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Crystal Palace v Liverpool 23/24

The Reds stifled any new manager bounce from Chris Wilder's return in their 2-0 win over Sheffield Utd on Wednesday evening, courtesy of goals from VVD & Szobo. Klopp's side now turn their attention to yet another early kick-off on Saturday as they take on a Crystal Palace side who've struggled of late, with Hodgson under real pressure at the helm. Joining Hari this week to share his insight into Palace's struggles and whether Hodgson's job's at risk, we welcome on Jon Hanna from Crystal Palace Fan Site, The Eagles Beak
Rival Recon: Sheffield United v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Sheffield United v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon returns following Liverpool’s dramatic late win against Fulham preserves their perfect record at home this season and kept the Reds breathing down the neck of league leaders Arsenal. Given the congested festive fixture list, results are the most important thing & Klopp will be keen that his side maintain their momentum & secure another valuable 3 points when they take on struggling Sheffield Utd this Wednesday evening. The Reds may have to contend with a new manager bounce however, after the Blades sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom, with Chris Wilder rumoured for a return to his former club. Joining Hari on the pod this week to share his insight on a difficult return to life in the Premier League & what the future may hold for Sheffield Utd, we welcome on co-host of The Sheffield Utd Way YouTube channel, Alex Stewart aka @HalTheBlade
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Brentford 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Brentford 23/24

After the misfiring Reds rescued a point against Luton last weekend, a much changed side fell to defeat against a struggling Toulouse on Thursday. It’s left Liverpool in need of a response this weekend as they welcome an in from Brentford to Anfield. Rival Recon returns as Hari welcomes on lifelong Bees fan and Ambassdor for Her Game Too, Ali Mullaley. The pair discuss the progress Brentford have made since being promoted, how they’ve adapted to the loss of Toney and how far Thomas Frank can take this side.
Rival Recon: Luton Town v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Luton Town v Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon returns after the Reds secured their place in the Quarter Finals of the Carabao cup on a rainy Wednesday evening, courtesy of a Darwin Nunez special! With Klopp’s side turning their attention back to the Premier League and maintaining their strong start to the season, this Sunday a trip to Luton Town awaits them. Joining Hari on the pod to discuss Luton Town’s journey from non league to the top flight in just 9 yrs, we welcome on Zac Neal from the Walt Podcast
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Nottingham Forest 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Nottingham Forest 23/24

Rival Recon returns as Hari welcomes on Nottingham Forest fan Martin to preview this weekends game in the Premier League. They discuss Forest in great detail with the reds overseeing a massive turnover of players in the last few windows. They also have a discussion surrounding Hillsborough with Martin's personal experiences of the tragedy.  After recent set-backs against Spurs and Brighton dampened the early season momentum of Klopp’s side somewhat, the Reds will be looking to make an emphatic statement when they take on the blues at Anfield this Saturday. Jota will return, but it appears as though Andy Robertson could be out for a prolonged period after dislocating his shoulder. Listen in to Hari’s chat with Mike to get a better insight into how Everton are fairing this season and how Dyche is going about developing this side into a more robust and surprisingly progressive unit.
Rival Recon: Liverpool v Everton 23/24

Rival Recon: Liverpool v Everton 23/24

Rival Recon returns as Hari welcomes on football editor for CBS Sports.com & one half of the Double Pivot podcast Mike Goodman, to preview the upcoming Merseyside Derby this Saturday at Anfield. After recent set-backs against Spurs and Brighton dampened the early season momentum of Klopp’s side somewhat, the Reds will be looking to make an emphatic statement when they take on the blues at Anfield this Saturday. Jota will return, but it appears as though Andy Robertson could be out for a prolonged period after dislocating his shoulder. Listen in to Hari’s chat with Mike to get a better insight into how Everton are fairing this season and how Dyche is going about developing this side into a more robust and surprisingly progressive unit.
Rival Recon: Brighton vs Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Brighton vs Liverpool 23/24

After a week dominated by debates around VAR in the aftermath of the Spurs debacle last Sunday, the Reds secured a comfortable 2-0 win at home midweek against Union St Gilloise. Klopp’s side now turn their attention back towards the PL, as they face a stern test this weekend away to Brighton. With both clubs keek to bounce back from defeats last weekend, Sunday’s clash promises to be a feisty affair. Joining Hari on the pod this week we welcome on Alan Wares from Brighton podcast Albion Roar. Alan shares his perspective on the Seagull’s development under De Zerbi, the departures of Caicedo and MacAllister and where fans expectations lie for the season ahead.
Rival Recon: Tottenham vs Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon: Tottenham vs Liverpool 23/24

Rival Recon returns as we gear up for the Red’s weekend clash with Tottenham Hotspur. After Liverpool recorded their fourth consecutive 3-1 win with their victory over Leicester on Wednesday night, Klopp will be hoping his side are able to further illustrate their title credentials this weekend as they take on a reinvigorated Spurs. In this episode, Hari is joined by Head of Tifo Football’s Illustrated Channel, Seb Stafford Bloor, to delve into the positive start to Tottenham's season under Ange Postecoglou. They cover Kane’s departure, new arrivals and the impact the new manager has had through his empathetic approach, with players + fans alike reinvesting in the Tottenham Hotspur project after a few miserable years under Mourinho and a wantaway Conte. With both sets of fanbases coming into the game full of optimism and both teams in great form, Sunday’s clash promises to be a lively affair.

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