ONE eye on Exeter, one eye on Arsenal, The Anfield Wrap falls between stools, battered by the number of games as much as the manager and the players.
Neil Atkinson is joined by Mike Girling and Rob Gutmann to discuss Klopp’s embryonic Reds’s performance in Devon.
In the cold light of day, not an entirely poor performance?
Quite a few of the youngsters actually emerge in credit given the opposition, conditions and pressure around the fixture?
Were Liverpool defensively poor or did they just get caught by a good goal and then a freak goal?
Did the thrown together Liverpool side actually keep a decent shape for the most part?
What should the approach be against Arsenal? Who can we expect to see available?
Has anyone done enough against Exeter to be in contention for the Gunners and are the latest league leaders to come to Anfield a side to be afraid of?
Danny Ward coming back from Aberdeen after an impressive spell, he’s not going straight in between the sticks surely?
Looks like the end of Bogdan though, why do Liverpool continue to sign players they clearly haven’t done enough research on?
How many years has this been going on for now and what needs to change?
All that and, as a one off, we cross the streams, because, well, just because, as Neil, Mike and Rob finish this week’s show with a little chat about the genius of the dearly departed David Bowie.
Direct: Liverpool Still In The Hat
We’re ‘always crashing (in the same car)’ when it comes to goalkeepers anyway! RIP David Bowie (Bloody brilliant. Very sad day today.
Good stuff lads, love the ‘Logan’s Run’ allusion too, had a hearty chuckle at that, very cheering.
Honestly thought Enrique was left back and Brad Smith was left mid till half time because I didn’t catch the team line ups pre kick and I was wondering who was playing next to Illori. Felt like an idiot but it occurs to me now Jose Enrique is the real idiot. Agree with Mike on Teixeria (probably spelt that wrong) being the stand out talent on the pitch by a considerable margin first half before tiring beyond all recognition from that player in the second.
Just on Bowie, obviously for anyone who’s in to their music or just pop culture in general he’s the mainest of main men but there’s fellas in their mid-40s like the likes of my uncle who absolutely idolise Bowie beyond the fandom any artist has ever enjoyed and it is mad when a legend dies like that. The fact that he knew when he was working on his new album as well and that video for Black Star was already creepy enough as it was… Fucking hell. Listened to Low today for the first time in ages and you keep having to check it came out in 1977. I don’t think there’s ever been an album so ahead of its time. The early New Order albums get close to some of the stuff Bowie was doing on Low but they’re five years after him. It’s insane.
Is Klöpp a Bowie fan? Loved it when he has talked about our LFC going from Station to Station- as if the club is on one big continuous evolving UK/Euro Tour.
I’d just like to say thank you for closing with some thoughts about Bowie. It was a very sad day for his family, of course, and for all his fans. He managed to touch so many lives.
Songs are like stardust, they are magical, songs are like aural time machines, just a fragment is enough to transport you. I was eleven years old again yesterday, queuing up in the Netherton branch of Woolworths to buy Ashes to Ashes on the day it was released, rushing back home and playing it 8 times. It was the first single I had to play over and over and over. Then I was 16, playing Rebel Rebel on a stage with my mates in Lydiate, on one last glorious sun-kissed evening before we all went our separate ways to universities across the country. We nicked the host’s rowing boat and tried to row to Leeds. Then in Sheffield, Bowie soundtracked my entrance into the world of fumbling seduction. Then to Berlin, following in his footsteps. What a man: the mainman.
Loved Mike’s reference to Logan’s Run too, the heartless bastard :-)
Gents, this keeps cutting out on me. Is that normal?
I very appreciated that the point was made that it’s no use carrying people in the squad as “cover” and them getting no playing time at all, let alone starts or games, for ‘ages’, and then being asked to come in for an injured or completely out of form starter and being surprised that they do not do a stellar job.
It’s magical thinking to expect people to be ready simply based on training hard and being professionals. Forget the actual benefits of rotation, if you do not use your squad, the lower-ranking players (currently) will NOT be ready, integrated _and_ *motivated* if and when they are needed and called upon to perform.