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What’s the reason for Liverpool’s second half performance dropping?

Liverpool’s opening four games this season have followed a very similar pattern; with the first-half being very positive and the second half, while leading, seeing them sit deep and invite pressure.


It’s a worrying trend, despite being top of the League at this early stage, with Brendan Rodgers’ side are yet to score a second-half goal in the Premier League this season.

This was one of the topic’s of discussion on this week’s ‘5Times’ podcast – the official podcast of the Former Liverpool Players Association.

This week’s presenter is the legendary Ian St. John, joined by super-sub David Fairclough and bootroom legend Roy Evans.

“In the 2nd half it’s as if, ‘OK, we’ve done our job and we are going to sit back.’ I think it’s a dangerous thing” said St. John.

The lads discuss all the talking points of the week; from Philippe Coutinho‘s form and injury, Jordan Henderson‘s form, second half performances, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom, new boy Mamadou Sakho, Luis Suarez’s imminent return and nights out with Everton players!

There’s praise for Henderson and question marks raised over Iago Aspas. All candidly discussed.

Interestingly, there is discussion about Jamie Carragher’s role on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, to which Fairclough describes these types of shows as “a bit irritating” “over analysis”.

Listen below or subscribe via iTunes.

Episode 10

Previous podcasts:

Episode 1: Guests – Fowler and Molby
Episode 2: Guests – Roy Evans and Ronnie Whelan
Episode 3: John Aldridge and David Fairclough
Episode 4: Alan Kennedy, Phil Neal and Ian Callaghan
Episode 5: Guests – John Barnes and Neil Mellor
Episode 6: Guests – Robbie Fowler, Jan Molby and Mark Wright
Episode 7: Guests – Roy Evans, Phil Thompson and David Fairclough
Episode 8: Guests – Alan Kennedy, Ian Callaghan, John Aldridge
Episode 9: Guests – Phil Neal, Jan Molby, Jim Beglin

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