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Highly Recommended Podcast for Liverpool Fans

mpred Highly Recommended Podcast for Liverpool Fans

As the number of football podcasts continues to grow especially as clubs jump on the bandwagon and release their official versions, it’s often hard to find new podcasts that are unique and deliver insight you can’t find elsewhere.

But there is one podcast I’d like to highlight for Liverpool fans or for those who are students of the game, and that’s “MP Red,” a fortnightly independent podcast from LFCNY.org

Hosted by Conor Brennan and Conor Murphy, the show is well-produced, offers intelligent debates, has a variety of different segments to interest many, but most importantly of all, is quite addictive and listenable.

Resident expert Simon Davies (no, not the Welsh international) is a breath of fresh air in the podosphere. He’s especially astute when he’s asked by the gracious Conor Brennan, with his dulcet Irish accent, to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Liverpool team in past matches. Davies does a superb job of dissecting those player performances and describing them in such a manner that’s easy for the listener to comprehend while keeping the topic quite interesting.

The panel discussion, for me, is the highlight of the show. Led by Brennan, Davies and fellow guests tussle in an intelligent debate over some of the hot topics of the week. Of course, it’s Liverpool centric but the answers sometimes stray into topics outside Liverpool FC, such as who was the greatest player in the world from the late 70s to 1982. Brennan argued that Kenny Dalglish was, while Davies interjected and gave his opinion about the incredible talents of Socrates, a Brazilian god that lived up to his name.

In the Kick In The Grass segment on the show, they had Clive Toye (the former NASL maestro) on, which was quite a coup. In episode 16, author Jay Mwamba was featured discussing the two Steve’s — McClaren and Staunton, and predicting that Ireland will qualify for Euro 2008, while McClaren’s England team will be sitting home instead of having qualified for the tournament.

As for areas of improvement, the two biggest are the name MP Red — which is a spin-off from the MP3. The name MPRed, while unique, doesn’t capture the creativity of the show and an improved name is needed, I believe. The other recommendation is to increase the frequency of the show. Once every two weeks is okay, but a weekly show would be preferable. If that’s not possible, having the show recorded and published sooner would be advisable. Episode 16, which is the current one, discusses the Liverpool 4-1 win over Arsenal, and was recorded on April 2nd. But by the time it was released, it was later in the week.

Other than those two areas of improvement, I would strongly recommend that football fans give MPRed a chance. The podcast is available via iTunes and here.
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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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6 Responses to Highly Recommended Podcast for Liverpool Fans

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just listened in, some great stuff. Episodes 11 & 12 (?) have a superb interview with Liverpool legend Phil Neal. I mean really good. Not sure I’ve ever heard him talk about Heysel before.

    A bit forced here and there, but these guys are seriously on the ball. Brennan sounds familiar, he sounds like someone I’ve heard before, but I don’t know where, and Davies is a man who knows his football up and down, no doubt about that.

    Maybe they try too hard for laughs in the email section, but that’s a small price to pay. The smaller sections are a good balance to the Panel and news and stuff. A thinking man’s podcast, definitely.

    All Liverpool fans should do themselves a favour, and even if you’re not a Reds fan, there’s more than enough for a casual listen from time to time.

    Gringo in exile.

  2. TLR says:

    Definately agree on your praise for the MPRed Podcast.

    After “suffering” through a few other (apparntly dodgy!) Liverpool podcasts, it was a breath of fresh air to find the guys at MPRed.

    It is a show that although is Liverpool centric, is by no means biased and that is a hard thing to do.

  3. Anonymous says:

    These guys know their stuff – they are better than any of those idiots on Fox. I don’t agree with everything they say, but it’s never obnoxious in you face I’m right and you’re wrong stuff. Fox could learn a lot from these guys. Agree with Gringo that there’s more than enough for any fan of the Premiership. Top marks.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A mate posted me this link and I have listened to most of them. I am not a Liverpool fan but I have found the discussions and debates well informed. The Irish Guy seems to really know his football. Simon’s accent and sense of humour adds an authenticity to the production. Mark Henderson, the English journalist, is a regular contributor and his command of subject is second to none.

    Usually these type of pod casts deteriorate into dull sycophancy. This is radically different. It is articulate, well researched, laced with humour and insight. Football enthusiasts of all hues will be interested in the quality contributors. The comment section at the end is a must. Top podcast.

    DJC

  5. Anonymous says:

    So sorry I didn’t find this earlier this season. I might actually pay for this – not that much but I might! :) It should be more often. Great stuff.

  6. Donna Jackson says:

    where can we find a pic of simon..?

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