Karl Coppack

The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

You wait all season for a four-goal romp and two come in the same week. Typical. The opening game against West Ham’s glacial midfield aside, the Reds have been strangely reticent in front of goal this term and it was beginning to get to people. Why I know not. Last season we were spoilt. Seven goals salvos here, five-goal lead in European Cup semi-finals there. The front three went mad. A lad who most didn’t want came from Arsenal and …
Liverpool 4 Red Star Belgrade 0: The Midfield - A New Hope

Liverpool 4 Red Star Belgrade 0: The Midfield - A New Hope

These things come with caveats. Four goals and a clean sheet are never to be sniffed at, particularly in Europe, but you have to look at the opposition. Vladan Milojevic’s Red Star Belgrade set a high bar with a point against Napoli in the opening game of Group C, but it proved to be something of a false dawn. Following a drubbing in Paris and ill-disciplined performance at a 100% Red Anfield, it’s easy to see why they were a …
The Courtship of Eden Hazard

The Courtship of Eden Hazard

"I don't want to say, 'yes, I am signing a new contract' and then in the end I don't end up signing. I want what's good for me, but I want what's good for the club because the club has given me everything. So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay.” Eden Hazard made that statement early last week when asked …
Paul Pogba - The Beginning Of The End?

Paul Pogba - The Beginning Of The End?

The start to Manchester United’s season has been one of peaks and troughs. Defeats to Brighton and Tottenham marked the nadir for the Red Devils, but they soon bounced back with hard-earned wins at Burnley and Watford. The past week has emphasised the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the club. An impressive opening win in Switzerland against Young Boys was followed by an insipid draw against Wolves, where they were outfought and outthought on their own pitch. However, it is …
Disappointment Rather Than Crisis For Misfiring Spurs

Disappointment Rather Than Crisis For Misfiring Spurs

Tuesday’s early game in the UEFA Champions League saw Internazionale secure a late win against Tottenham in the San Siro. The Italian giants were drawn from Pot 4, the lowest of the qualifiers, and were immediately regarded as the team to avoid. Spurs, already reeling from a draw that saw them paired with Barcelona, must have rued their ill-luck when I Nerazzuri completed the group along with PSV Eindhoven. And yet Inter have no recent Champions League experience to speak …
West Ham United: Style Over Points?

West Ham United: Style Over Points?

“He (David Sullivan) didn’t tell me, because I know what West Ham is. “One of the most important things for any club, not just West Ham, is to have a style of football. “You can choose, there are a lot of different styles in football and with all the styles you can win trophies and titles. But West Ham has a tradition and David thought I was that way and was very happy to trust me. “And I will …
Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Last week saw the death of the former Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72. Tributes – some of them downright hypocritical from the very paper who lampooned him when he was England manager – poured in throughout the football world. He will be mourned as a loss to the game. Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944 and began playing professional football in 1962. His playing career was nothing to write home …
Clash of Giants - on small stage: Liverpool vs Man United

Clash of Giants - on small stage: Liverpool vs Man United

It’s the greatest fixture in the English footballing calendar reduced to the sorriest of stages. By rights, Liverpool should play Manchester United in the Champions League even if neither are champions. Manchester United should host Liverpool with the world to play for rather than Europe’s runners up trophy. Liverpool and Manchester United should be playing in League deciders rather than scrabbling in the bowels of the Europa League. As The Blow Monkeys once observed, it doesn’t have to be that …
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