NEIL Atkinson was joined for the big show on a “slow news week” of an international break by Jay McKenna, Gareth Roberts and John Gibbons for an absolute belter of podcast.

Talk of custard-drinking habits soon evolves into a discussion about the Reds’ behind-closed-doors friendly against Wolves at Melwood last week, when the club named a perhaps surprisingly strong line-up.

Also in this week’s show:

  • Daniel Sturridge: Is it a defining period of his Liverpool, nay, football career? Neil certainly thinks it might be.
  • How do Liverpool handle their undoubtedly supremely-talented number 15? Can we get 10 games in a row out of him?
  • At what point do we write off a goalscorer who’s as desperate as us to succeed at Anfield?
  • Ian Ayre: Bloody hell, more foot in mouth than a diseased herd of cattle.
  • What exactly was the chief executive trying to achieve by alienating a massive swathe of our fan base by essentially accusing local fans of having an agenda against Liverpool supporters from out of town?
  • Was Ayre being deliberately inflammatory, and if so, to what end?
  • And the comment’:“We feel like the culture (of Liverpool FC) has a bigger effect (on fan growth) than the football.” What does it mean? If winning isn’t the very existence for Liverpool Football Club existing, then what is the point?
  • And if it isn’t, why are we charging championship-winning prices?
  • Are we getting the wrong end of the stick, should a senior executive know better and is the club doing all it can to communicate its plans?

All this and more, including the return of the “School-yard game” which sees John and Gareth go head to head in picking an XI from outside Britain and Ireland.

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