Melissa Reddy is joined by the Daily Mail’s Dom King to review the Reds’ riveting start to the season.
Liverpool have the fear factor, Liverpool have the firepower and Liverpool have full-throttle football mastered. They also discuss the goalkeeper issue, a possible return for Steven Gerrard, the Mamadou Sakho issue and Liverpool’s squad goals…
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Love the show, always interesting to hear from the journos. Not sure the one on one format works though, as you’re relying on the quality of the guest; as good a host as Mel is, Dom seemed to struggle here.
Here’s a few suggestions for future topics, maybe more fitting for the off season. Apologies if you’ve already covered them:
– Differences between covering LFC for tv and print. I understand managers have different briefings (and relationships) with the two. Is this true?
– Similarly, how does covering LFC differ from paper to paper (including the S*n)? Both in terms tone / register to the level of risk / sensationalism you’re prepared to use?
– How much of that is mandated, and by whom? Which papers have the best relationships with LFC?
– How do you become ITK? How do you forge long term relationships with club staff, and how much can you leverage that for your job without ruining confidences? Any examples? Tbf G Roberts covered part of this in a recent podcast…
– Klopp seems to seethe through the majority of his press conferences (why does he never hit the ‘Send Assistant’ button ala Footy Manager?). How do you negotiate this? Is avoiding his ire a concern, and how does that reconcile with just getting your job done?How does he differ from other managers, both LFC past and other?
– Finally, why does no one ask open questions in conferences? They’re always closed and self-answering e.g. “Were you very happy with the win?”