Podcast 69: Liverpool’s Class of ’88
This week’s 200% podcast is going back to the 1987/88 season, and perhaps the greatest English club team of all time. Liverpool won the First Division at a canter that year, but they couldn’t win the double and this high point came shortly before the beginning of a period of tragedy and decline for the club. But still, what a team, although Ian has his doubts that they would have been able to compete with the extraordinary Milan team of the era had English clubs been allowed to enter European competitions. That, however, is more a reflection on how brilliant that team was than a reflection upon Liverpool.
Even with a little bit of understandable nervousness following the sale of Ian Rush to Juventus in the summer of 1987, a team featuring three stunning new signings – John Aldridge, John Barnes and the frankly peerless Peter Beardsley – romped to the title. So, how good a manager was Kenny Dalglish? Was Graeme Souness right to demolish the famous Anfield Boot Room? And what on earth was the deal with Nigel Spackman? This was the end of an era in many different respects, both for Liverpool Football Club and English football in a broader sense, but is there anything that Liverpool can do to reclaim their place at the top of the perch? Rebuilding the Boot Room, Ian argues, obviously will not work.
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