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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.




The goals, the 'diving', and the cryptic tweets of Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah

With Liverpool away in Dubai, and without a game to preview until the visit of Leicester City to Anfield a week on Wednesday, we picked the phone back up to Ahmad Yousef, an Egyptian football expert and editor of the King website, who is close to the Mohamed Salah camp. When we last had Ahmad on, in October, there were plenty of people outside of the red half of Merseyside questioning Salah, after he had, by his incredibly high standards, a slow start to the season. But he has...


Blood Red: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah 'diving' problem, defending Jordan Henderson, and pondering Naby Keita

He may have fired Liverpool to another win, and in the process raced to 50 Premier League goals in ridiculously fast fashion, but rather than his incredible scoring feats, the focus was on Mohamed Salah's alleged 'diving' following the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. So did Salah blot his copybook on Saturday? Or was he right to go down having been denied clear-cut penalties in the past? And what constitutes 'diving' these days anyway? It's one of the big talking points of the latest...


Liverpool’s table-toppers, Ki-Jana Hoever’s highs and lows, and Harry Wilson’s future

It’s not just Liverpool’s first team who are enjoying a fabulous season. The Under-18s also top the table after they started the New Year in exactly the same fashion they finished the old one. Barry Lewtas’ excellent young side won 1-0 at home to Sunderland to make it five wins on the spin and set themselves up perfectly for Monday’s (January 21) FA Youth Cup tie with Accrington Stanley in St Helens. And it’s the U18s who dominate our latest Academy Show, hosted by Paul Wheelock and...


Post-Game: Liverpool win thriller with Crystal Palace to go seven points clear at the top

Recovered yet? As James Pearce brilliantly said in his written verdict for the ECHO, ‘much more of this and Liverpool will have to start issuing Valium with the match tickets’. Well, we hear more from James in what is a bumper and jubilant Post-Game podcast after the Reds edged out Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace 4-3 at a nervy Anfield to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. And what did Jurgen Klopp make of it all? Well, you can hear every word the Reds boss had to say...


Blood Red: Liverpool's transfer market shortcut, the Harry Wilson debate and remembering Roy Hodgson

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 Joe Rimmer and Paul Gorst to discuss the last few days of all things Anfield. Top of the agenda is the latest fitness news coming out of Liverpool and what it all actually means - and whether it is something of concern. Harry Wilson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster and Brexit all get a mention, while Joe gets on...


The full audio from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's pre-Crystal Palace press confernece

Jurgen Klopp sat down in front of the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace to Anfield - and you can listen to it in full here. He delivered injury updates on Gini Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez, Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as reacting to the news that Andy Robertson has signed a new long-term contract with the club. He also talked what the Reds plan to do with their 11-day break after the...


Allez Les Rouges: The cornerstones of Liverpool's title bid and the signings Jurgen Klopp could make

With the regular Allez Les Rouges guests being sent on warm-weather training, host Peter Hooton is joined by not one, but two Liverpool-supporting managers who are working wonders in the Football League. Accrington Stanley’s John Coleman has been on the podcast before, but it’s a debut for his League One managerial rival, Blackpool’s Terry McPhillips. The big Reds join Peter in discussing the 1-0 win at Brighton that ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their four-point lead at the...


Blood Red: Liverpool's Van Dijk revelation and how Alisson has emulated Grobbelaar to rival De Gea

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, the ECHO's Paul Gorst and special guest Norwegian author Ragnhild Lund Ansnes to discuss the last few days of all things Anfield. Top of the agenda is the win over Brighton, what it means and whether it's all a conspiracy. There's also chat about if Tottenham are now out of the Premier League title race and whether Alisson Becker...


Post-Game: Relentless Liverpool re-establish seven-point lead at top with professional victory at Brighton

Crisis? What crisis? Liverpool bounced back from those back-to-back defeats to start the New Year with a 1-0 win at Brighton that leaves Manchester City back in exactly the same position they found themselves 10 days ago – seven points behind and with the pressure all on them. Mohamed Salah got the winner from the penalty spot to move level at the top of the Premier League scoring charts and fire the table-topping Reds to a 16th victory from 16 against sides outside of the top five. But a...


The nuisance out to derail Liverpool's Premier League title bid - and a new puzzle for Jurgen Klopp to solve

Liverpool may have seen their unbeaten start come to an end in their first Premier League game of the New Year. But you would think they will return to winning ways today and re-establish their seven-point lead at the top over Manchester City. After all, they’ve yet to drop a point this season against a team from outside the top six, and their victories over Brighton & Hove Albion last season could not have been more comprehensive. But the Seagulls have improved since then, which was...


Blood Red: Keita worries, an unexpected defence, and Liverpool's striker dilemma

It's Friday, which means one thing... it's the Blood Red podcast. And joining host Joe Rimmer and Paul Gorst on the latest episode is our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce, who kicks off the pod by giving an update on the walking wounded. Unless Joel Matip makes an unlikely recovery, there's every chance the Reds will have to line-up with a midfielder alongside Virgil van Dijk against Brighton. But which one? Had it not been for a late injury, James reveals the heart of Klopp's...


Every word Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had to say in his pre-Brighton & Hove Albion press conference

Something a little different for you, Reds fans. Our main Blood Red show will be with you later today (Friday), as usual, but in the meantime we're giving you the chance to listen to every word Jurgen Klopp had to say in his press conference to preview the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Liverpool manager gave an injury update and talked Virgil van Dijk, who looks set to be his sole fit senior centre-back on Saturday, as well as Fabinho, who looks set to partner the Dutchman in the...


How Liverpool will react to first defeat and the case for Klopp and Edwards to make another surprise signing

So Liverpool have started the New Year with back-to-back defeats. But given Jurgen Klopp’s side still have a four-point lead at the top, and given the FA Cup was at the bottom of the priority list, our first View from the Kop podcast of 2019 focuses very much on the positives, which there are a lot. That much is made clear by regular guest Paul Philbin, who describes the feeling in the fan base after leaving the Etihad last Thursday. Philbo is joined by fellow Reds Matt Addison, Sean...


Poetry in Motion: Why Man City defeat could work in Liverpool's favour - and dissecting Klopp's midfield dilemma

Neil Fitzmaurice is back with his first Poetry in Motion podcast of 2019, and he's joined by regular guests Dan Kay and Joe Rimmer, who returns from his one-pod ban after swearing on last Friday's Blood Red, and in turn getting the show banned from the Middle East. True story. The Reds have started the year with back-to-back defeats but the mood is positively upbeat with Dan arguing the loss that mattered - at Manchester City - could actually work in Jurgen Klopp side's favour. But the...


Blood Red: The solution at centre-back, the form of Naby Keita, and Liverpool's bigger picture

Nearly 24 hours after a second-string Liverpool side suffered an FA Cup exit at Premier League rivals Wolves, James Pearce joins Theo Squires and debut host Connor Dunn for the first of two Blood Red podcasts this week. James was at Molineux for the ECHO and he analyses what, bar from the performances of the youngsters, was a disappointing night all round. Injury was added to insult when Dejan Lovren limped off early on to leave Jurgen Klopp facing a big centre-back problem going into this...


Post-Game: Ki-Jana Hoever and youngsters impress but senior stars disappoint as Liverpool exit FA Cup early

A chance of a first trophy under Jurgen Klopp gone or bigger fish to fry? That's the debate that rages on the Post-Game podcast after Liverpool went down 2-1 at Wolves to exit the FA Cup before the fifth round for the fourth successive season under Jurgen Klopp. With his side sitting four points clear at the top of the league, the Reds boss made nine changes to the team that started Thursday’s 2-1 loss at title rivals Manchester City. One of those changes, the Merseyside derby hero Divock...


Blood Red: Liverpool lose the right way, the Fabinho question and arguing about the FA Cup

In the latest Blood Red podcast, Liverpool reporter and regular host Ian Doyle is joined by ECHO duo Kristian Walsh and Joe Rimmer to discuss the last few days of all things Anfield. Top of the agenda is the first league defeat of the season at Manchester City, how that could impact on the title race and where Jurgen Klopp may have gone wrong. There's also talk of Dejan Lovren, the midfield and a very heated chat on the FA Cup. Also includes a parting word from Kristian - who it turns out...


Post-Game: All good things come to an end as table-topping Liverpool lose pulsating clash and unbeaten record to title rivals Manchester City

All good things come to an end. Yes, Liverpool's superb 20-match unbeaten start to the campaign was curtailed on Thursday night when they lost a genuinely high-quality encounter at defending champions Manchester City 2-1. The loss means Liverpool’s lead at the top of the league, and over City, has been cut to four points. But it's unlikely you’d find a single Red who wouldn’t have taken that scenario at the start of December – let alone at the start of the season. And it is in that...


The Manchester City verdict on Liverpool, their transformation, and why Jurgen Klopp is Pep Guardiola’s kryptonite

Here we go. Manchester City v Liverpool at the Etihad, Matches do not come much bigger now in the Premier League - and tonight's one in particular. Cast your mind back a month and most supporters, maybe even Liverpool fans included, would have had City down as favourites to defend their title. But since their mask of invincibility slipped with 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on December 8, Pep Guardiola’s side have lost three of their last five league games, whereas Jurgen Klopp's relentless Reds...


Allez Les Rouges: The Anfield belief, the Guardiola dilemma, and the issue of fan tribalism

What a time it is to be a Liverpool fan. A record start to a league season, six points clear at the top, and with the little matter of a trip to the defending champions Manchester City to come on Thursday night. Little wonder, then, that there is an air of excitement around the first Allez Les Rouges podcast of the New Year. Host Peter Hooton is joined by regulars Stephen Monaghan and John Nicolson, as well as Ian Byrne, fellow Red, local councillor, and founder of Fans Supporting...