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Liverpool FC podcasts each week from the Liverpool Echo sports desk with Andy Kelly, James Pearce, Ian Doyle, Neil Jones, Kristian Walsh and more.

Liverpool FC podcasts each week from the Liverpool Echo sports desk with Andy Kelly, James Pearce, Ian Doyle, Neil Jones, Kristian Walsh and more.
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Liverpool FC podcasts each week from the Liverpool Echo sports desk with Andy Kelly, James Pearce, Ian Doyle, Neil Jones, Kristian Walsh and more.




Blood Red: The player key to Liverpool keeping their cool in the Premier League title race and the Champions League conundrum facing Jurgen Klopp

The hunter has become the hunted. Yes, Liverpool top the Premier League at long last after they brushed aside Bournemouth and Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the campaign. And in our first Blood Red podcast of the week, James Pearce joins Connor Dunn and host Joe Rimmer in reflecting on what hopefully could be a momentous weekend in the title race. James and Connor were both at the Vitality Stadium for the ECHO and they hail a number of Reds players while Joe picks out one...


Post-Game: Magic Mohamed Salah stars as Liverpool go top with superb victory at Bournemouth

Top of the league! Yes, the unbeaten and relentless Reds moved above Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League with a superb 4-0 victory at Bournemouth in the early Saturday kick-off. And they are staying there after City lost the late kick-off at Chelsea! Inspired by a magnificent hat-trick from top-scorer Mohamed Salah, who was back to his blistering best, Liverpool underlined their title credentials with one of their most impressive performances of what has been a...


Blood Red: Liverpool’s defensive problems and how Fabinho and Naby Keita flipped the midfield debate on its head

It's Friday, it's the Blood Red podcast, and we have an exclusive for you. Sadly, it's not Liverpool's next signing, but the revelation of James Pearce's middle name. Without giving the game away, it's nothing on the one bestowed upon Theo Squires, who joins our Liverpool FC correspondent and host Joe Rimmer in our final pod of the working week. The trio talk the win at Burnley, hailing the performance of Naby Keita but fretting over the injury sustained by Joe Gomez and the problems it...


Allez Les Rouges: Liverpool's chance to shift the title dynamic and the New Year statement signings Jurgen Klopp should make

Peter Hooton takes a leaf out of Jurgen Klopp’s book for his latest Allez Les Rouges podcast. Just like the Liverpool boss against Burnley on Wednesday, Hooton has made sweeping changes to his line-up. But the guests coming into to replace his benched regulars aren’t half bad – Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman, Wigan Athletic first-team coach Anthony Barry and the ECHO’s Dan Kay. The big Reds start not by talking about the gritty win at Turf Moor, but about Sunday’s Merseyside...


John Arne Riise exclusive on winning the Champions League, THAT goal v Manchester United and how he very nearly didn't sign for Liverpool

The latest Blood Red podcast is another belter. Our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce sat down with former Reds defender John Arne Riise on Wednesday before the Burnley game. Riise was back in Liverpool to promote his brutally honest new autobiography, Running Man, and as well as talking about the book, he opens up on his seven-year spell at Anfield. But as the must-listen podcast reveals, the buccaneering left-back would never have signed for the Reds had it not been for a mobile...


Post-Game: Liverpool make club history and keep up pressure on Manchester City with comeback Burnley win

Think of all the great sides Liverpool have had in their history. But not one has eenjoyed a start to a campaign as good as the one Jurgen Klopp's current crop are. Yes, despite a 12th win in 15 unbeaten Premier League matches, achieved in difficult conditions at Burnley on Wednesday evening, the Reds remain two points behind Manchester City. But City will know only too well by now that Liverpool are not going anywhere. They proved that again at Turf Moor, and to analyse what felt like a...


Djimi Traore exclusive on close relationship with Rafa Benítez, rejecting Everton and helping Liverpool win the Champions League

In a Blood Red podcast special, former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore sits down with Joe Rimmer and Paul Gorst to talk through his career. The ex-Mali international made 141 appearances for the Reds, which included the Champions League triumph of 2005. Traore details what it was like arriving on Merseyside as an unproven teenager and tells us what he learned playing alongside defenders like Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia. Traore also revealed how he nearly wasn't part of the Reds' most...


What's going wrong at Burnley and why Liverpool should need no Ragnar Klavan-style late heroics

Now most of us would swap big wins for the dramatic way Liverpool settled the Merseyside derby every day of the week. But, if we’re being greedy, the one thing missing from Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season is a thumping victory. There was, of course, the 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend. However, the Reds haven’t really taken anyone to the cleaners since then. But could that change at Turf Moor on Wednesday night? The main guest of our Preview podcast...


Blood Red: Liverpool's Fabinho discovery, defending Jurgen Klopp and now or never for Divock Origi

In the latest Blood Red Podcast, Liverpool reporter and regular host Ian Doyle is joined by full-time Liverpool correspondent - both home and away - James Pearce and ECHO duo Kristian Walsh and Joe Rimmer to look back on a remarkable Merseyside derby, consider the impact of Fabinho and Alisson Becker, ponder Roberto Firmino's form, stick up for Jurgen Klopp and look ahead to Burnley. Includes Kristian achieving peak Kristian and James becoming very distracted.


Post-Game: Unlikely hero Divock Origi wins Liverpool the Merseyside derby in the most dramatic of fashion

Wow, just wow. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby 1-0 at Anfield this afternoon thanks to a 96th-minute winner from the unlikeliest of heroes, Divock Origi. The super-sub's header settled the contest as the Reds extended their unbeaten record at home to their rivals Everton to 19 matches. Importantly, it ensured they closed to gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to two points. And, to reflect on what turned into an incredible afternoon of drama, we get the view from the...


The lowdown from both sides of Stanley Park in our special Merseyside derby preview

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise - the Merseyside derby is still the big game for Liverpool and Everton supporters. And, with the 232nd meeting between the sides just hours away, we've produced a special preview podcast for both our Blood Red and Royal Blue listeners. Host Paul Wheelock speaks to Adam Jones, the ECHO's Everton FC reporter, and Paul Gorst, one of our football journalists, and who provides the Liverpool perspective. The mood in both camps, the importance of history, the...


Poetry in Motion: Looking for Liverpool's spark amid the new-found steel and midfield derby dilemmas

Two days before the Merseyside derby, illness and unavailability has ravaged the ECHO's sportsdesk. That means just Paul Wheelock was able to join Neil Fitzmaurice on the latest Poetry in Motion podcast - and even he is battling a severe case of man flu. But worry not, Fitzy is in fine form, and as anyone who read his tweets during and after the Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, he has a lot to get off his chest. It's not an over-reaction on his part to what was...


Blood Red: Liverpool's Champions League failing, worrying over Fabinho and Naby Keita and why beating Everton still matters

In the latest Blood Red podcast, Liverpool reporter and regular host Ian Doyle is joined by full-time Liverpool correspondent - both home and away - James Pearce along with ECHO duo Joe Rimmer and Theo Squires to pick the bones out of the latest Champions League disappointment, assess what went wrong, debate the antics of Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain, ponder another famous Anfield European night and look ahead to the small matter of the Merseyside derby.


Post-Game: Liverpool pay price for first-half no-show in Paris as Champions League hopes go down to the wire

So it will all come down to Napoli at Anfield on December 11. Beat Carlo Ancelotti's side 1-0 or by two clear goals and Liverpool will definitely take their place in the Champions League knock-out stages. But they will have to improve on the performance they produced in the first half of their 2-1 defeat at Paris-Saint Germain. A James Milner penalty on the stroke of half-time gave the Reds a lifeline. But it was one they could not grasp as they suffered a third straight away defeat in...


James Pearce previews Liverpool’s mouthwatering Champions League match at Paris Saint-Germain – and looks back at an interesting press conference

Not long to go now, Reds. Liverpool are in Champions League action at the Parc des Princes tonight, taking on the superstars of Paris Saint-Germain. But going into what is a mouthwatering match between two of the best strikeforces in world football, it is PSG who are under the most pressure. And to explain why, Paul Wheelock picks up the phone to our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce, who is in the French capital to cover this evening’s game for the ECHO. James believes it has the...


Paris Saint-Germain's Anfield wake-up call, the Nabil Fekir team-mate Liverpool should target, and those Fabinho rumours

So who's ready for round two? Liverpool's thrilling and richly deserved 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in September kicked off the Champions League in style and remains one of the best matches of the season so far. But the return clash in the French capital on Wednesday night is an even bigger game given both teams' chances of qualifying for the knockout stages hang in the balance. So to preview the Parc de Princes encounter, and to get an update on the fitness of Neymar and Kylian...


Blood Red: Mohamed Salah channels Lionel Messi, Liverpool's PSG poser and the Man City problem

In the latest Blood Red podcast, Liverpool reporter and regular host Ian Doyle is joined by ECHO duo Kristian Walsh and Paul Gorst to look back at the win over Watford, debate Roberto Firmino's revival, consider Mohamed Salah's worth, enter (once again) the great Jordan Henderson debate and ponder how best to approach Paris Saint-Germain. Also includes some potty-mouthery from Kristian in the absence of Joe Rimmer. And an absolutely dreadful impersonation of James Pearce.


Post-Game: Relentless Liverpool sweep aside Watford to make it their best ever start to a Premier League season

Liverpool are not going away. Manchester City may have won again to maintain their narrow lead at the top. But the Reds are also unbeaten and remain just two points behind in second after they triumphed 3-0 at Watford and made it the club’s best ever start to a Premier League season. It is no surprise, then, that the Post-Game podcast is a happy one. As ever, it starts with the considered thoughts of our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce. You will then hear highlights from Reds...


The trio targeting a place in Jurgen Klopp's senior squad and the contrasting fortunes of Liverpool's youth sides

It's a big afternoon for Liverpool's Under-23s today as they make the short trip across Stanley Park to take on Everton in the mini-derby. And it's the Premier League 2 clash, and the fallout to the U23s' 7-0 humbling by Villarreal, that takes centre stage in our latest Academy Show. Host Paul Wheelock is joined by our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce to preview the Goodison Park affair and examine why Neil Critchley's side are not hitting the same heights as they did last...


The Watford player who would be perfect Liverpool - and the other threats to the Reds' unbeaten crown

Liverpool resume their Premier League title challenge this afternoon when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford. Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side will be favourites to bring the three points back to Merseyside and kick off a very important week in the best possible fashion. After all, they are yet to drop a single point to a side currently sitting outside of the top six. But the guest of our Preview podcast makes it clear that Watford, who are seventh after their best ever start to...