Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

When writhing through the thick fug of a migraine, it can be hard to tell with absolute certainty what is real and what one might be imagining. On Friday, complications arising from some scheduled prodding and poking under the bonnet of your columnist's noggin, resulted in 3 days of pain-induced confusion and reality-bending altered perception. It was basically unintentional MK Ultra. There was an incident involving an orange that appeared to be vibrating on a bedside locker and several episodes …
Season-Defining Moments From The Last 5 Years

Season-Defining Moments From The Last 5 Years

In commemoration of AnfieldIndex’s 5-year anniversary, this piece celebrates such a feat by highlighting the season-defining moments pertaining to Liverpool – the football club that the website is based on – over the last 5 years. This spans out from the beginning of the 2010/2011 season up until the 2014/2015 season. Just as a disclaimer, these are all personal opinions and as such, the choices will definitely vary from person to person and therefore, it should be made clear that …
Football Fans: Adopting the Persona

Football Fans: Adopting the Persona

I’m a great believer in the theory that some football fans subconsciously adopt the persona of the manager that leads their club of choice. How the mentality and outlook of the man that picks the team, the man that holds the fans very mood for the rest of the week in his hands, will be transmitted into the psyche of the fans within a relatively short period of time. Football fans basically want to buy into the product the manager …
Klopp is The Man To Unite Liverpool's Divided Fanbase

Klopp is The Man To Unite Liverpool's Divided Fanbase

During my 21 years on the planet, the Liverpool fanbase has always been a divergent lot. Chasms of opinion have existed over matters both trivial and sincere. In the age of Football Twitter the various factions of Liverpool support have become increasingly clear and ghettoised, united and divided by opinions on various issues of support, players, managers, or ownership. However, these divisions did not always exist, and I believe they have only manifested from an era of unsuccessful football. And, for …
Liverpool's Problems Extend Far Beyond Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool's Problems Extend Far Beyond Brendan Rodgers

The pressure on Brendan Rodgers couldn’t be greater, and the cracks are beginning to show, just as they did for Liverpool managers of the past. The end of days for recent Liverpool managers has been signalled with a loss of their public dignity, and Rodgers is no different to the rest in this regard. Liverpool’s performances on the pitch have perhaps reflected the increasing unease seeping into the Northern Irishman’s public persona. However, it is vitally important that as fans, we …
The Trouble With Anfield... Is Me

The Trouble With Anfield... Is Me

‘The word fanatic has been used many times. I think it’s more than fanaticism. It’s a religion to them. The thousands who come here come to worship, it’s a sort of shrine, it isn’t a football ground.’ – Bill Shankly
Makes you think, doesn’t it? Last season, I took my niece to her first ever Liverpool game. She was 15, not especially interested in Liverpool or, indeed, football, but had heard of the Kop and wanted to see …
Will England Damage Liverpool's Goods?

Will England Damage Liverpool's Goods?

'Woy' Hodgson named another England squad today in front of the less-than-excited media, as the up-coming European qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia approach. I awaited the news - not particularly eagerly - and rather typically, sighed when I read Raheem Sterling's name on the team sheet. Following Sturridge's injury whilst on international duty, it's understandable that Liverpool fans should feel frustrated. Whilst 'country before club' is a notion that I still believe in, though admittedly not quite so whole-heartedly …
Hodging your Bets | Roy Hodgson and the FA

Hodging your Bets | Roy Hodgson and the FA

First things first I am not a fan of the England football team, I have nothing against them or anything, it’s just that club football is everything to me. However whilst I’m not a fan of England I am even less of a fan of incompetence. You may think this is where I’m going to go to town on Roy Hodgson, and to an extent you’d be right but not entirely. Whatever you think of Roy Hodgson I think we …
Liverpool Perspective: England vs Uruguay

Liverpool Perspective: England vs Uruguay

England will be looking to bounce back against Uruguay after ‘The Three Lions’ slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday night. England’s second group game will commence at 8PM inside the Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. The last time these two sides met was at Anfield in 2006 whilst the new Wembley Stadium was being constructed - England won that friendly 2-1 but the overall record isn’t great with Uruguay beating England on four occasions, compared to just three …
The Lion, The Hodge and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Hodge and The Wardrobe

Watching this World Cup I’m struck between mixture of sadness and joy. Joy because the football on display has so far been sensational. Sadness, as the famous Tartan army isn’t making me dream that we’ll win the World Cup. Scotland, in my lifetime, will never win the World Cup, of course. But that’s not the point. The scenes of Scotland fans putting bath bombs in the fountains at Trafalgar Square should tell you all you need to know. The kilts, …