• Liverpool FC - Goal Involvement

    Posted on August 30th, 2009

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    Goal Involvement August 2009 – Johnson Excels

    Goal Involvement is a method of more fully assessing and ranking ‘assists’, that I devised for ‘Red Race’ (see full explanation at base of this article, but in short it includes more than the final pass, looks at the quality of the role played in the goal, and also includes the goal itself for an [...]

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    Posted on August 25th, 2009

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    Title Lost In August?

    This is my take on the Villa game, written mostly after the final whistle. A significantly different version of this article has been sent to the official site (called “Keep The Faith”, though not my title, as I couldn’t think of one!), with the removal of anything that I know from experience will not make [...]

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    Posted on August 22nd, 2009

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    The New Defenders: Ayala, Kyrgiakos and Johnson

    Daniel Ayala, the Spanish lad who looks like he’s swallowed a football (think less Adam’s apple, more Adam’s grapefruit), has been the big surprise of the season so far. Just the mere fact that he’s played at all has been a bit of a shock. First off, he’s 18. He’s not 19, as some places [...]

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    Posted on August 20th, 2009

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    N’Gog – Silent Assassin?

    Unbelievably, I’ve heard a few Reds criticising David N’Gog. Here we have a young import who has only played 458 minutes of meaningful (Premiership and Champions League) football for Liverpool. Yet some people are already writing him off. I’ve even seen ‘fans’ complaining that he nearly missed last night, even though he was pushed in [...]

  • Tomkins Rants

    Posted on August 18th, 2009

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    Knee Jerk Time

    The knees have never jerked so hard. No surprise, I guess, but still the way doom can set in after one game – one fucking game! – does my head in. A few concerns are understandable. All out panic is pathetic. “The squad is too thin”. Well, an injury crisis does that! Could it be [...]

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    Posted on August 10th, 2009

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    Season Preview 2009/10 – Liverpool Squad Review

    So, it’s less than a week away. Hope and dread return in equal measure. Two players of undoubted quality (Johnson and Aquilani) have arrived to bolster the strongest XI, but one (Alonso) has left. Also gone are Hyypia and Arbeloa, both of whom would have only been back-up players going into the new campaign, but [...]

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    Posted on August 5th, 2009

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    Adios Alonso

    This is a piece sent to .tv this afternoon, but which I’m guessing might be problematic for the official site to run. In the meantime I’m posting it here, in case it doesn’t get approval. Like most fans, I’m sad to see Xabi Alonso taking his talents back to Spain. He will perhaps go down [...]