On Saturday night we were delighted to be asked by The Florence Institute in Liverpool 8 to host a night with John Barnes. Before the event, John kindly gave us 15 minutes or so of his time to talk about Liverpool past and present.

We started with a focus on the 89/90 season, something of a forgotten year for Liverpool, when The Reds won the league for the 18th time and Barnes won Player of the Year.

As always with John though, the conversation went in many interesting ways, including the difference between formations and systems, what constitutes The Liverpool Way, the importance of a team ethic in success and how too much focus on managers can let players off the hook.

It’s a fascinating listen. Please also check out the series of articles, including a written interview with Barnes, on our website.

Our interview with John Barnes is part of over 30 TAW Player shows that are available to members for only £5 a month with no minimum term, you can sign up here.