With Peter Hooton sunning himself in Sicily ahead of the launch of his brilliant new book, the latest episode of the Allez Les Rouges podcast is hosted by a voice that will be very familiar to our listeners.
The Liverpool ECHO’s former Liverpool FC editor Andy Kelly made a warm welcome to our studio to record the show, which also features journalist and author, Simon Hughes, Spirit of Shankly committee member Joe Blott, and regular guest and Kop season ticket holder, John Nicolson.
And it’s safe to say the lads have a lot to talk about ahead of a run of seven games in 22 days that Andy rightly calls ‘mouthwatering’.
Liverpool will go into the first of those games, against Tottenham Hotspur, on the back of four straight wins to start a league season for the first time since 1990.
But the panel are of the opinion that Jurgen Klopp’s side have yet to truly get going and they look at the reasons why that is the case.
There is no need for alarm – every other club would like to be where the Reds are – but Andy and Co accept the performances must move up a level, starting at Wembley on Saturday.
And they believe that is exactly what will happen given the nature of the opposition that lie in wait including and after the showdown with Spurs.
Selection for the clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s men is discussed – including the case for a first start for Fabinho – before talk turns to the Champions League and Tuesday’s visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Anfield.
The potential ‘banana skin’ in the hectic run of matches is also discussed before the podcast ends with a chat about Liverpool’s new additions to the coaching staff and Peter’s new book, The Boot Room Boys: The Unseen Story of Anfield’s Conquering Heroes.