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    Posted on November 30th, 2009

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    What Shankly Proved

    What Shankly Proved

    It’s not losing games that terrifies fans. It’s not even relegation; not at clubs like Liverpool.

    It’s ‘going backwards’ that frightens the life out of supporters. It’s what makes them crazy. Fans have no real control, and some can’t handle that. Some of them send their crazy my way (gee, thanks for that).

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    Posted on November 29th, 2009

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    Gritty Before Pretty

    Gritty Before Pretty

    It wasn’t the prettiest of displays, but it was up there with the grittiest.

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    Posted on November 28th, 2009

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    Everton (a) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Everton (a) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Usual format: subscribers can discuss the game, before, during and after, using the comments boxes below. Massive match for both teams, although only one manager seems to be under pressure. Both clubs have had a lot of injury problems this season, which no doubt accounts for each being below par. Personally, I think it’d be [...]

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    Posted on November 26th, 2009

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    Liverpool Can’t Afford to Win the League

    Liverpool Can’t Afford to Win the League

    Liverpool can’t afford to win the league. And Liverpool can’t afford not to win the league.

    ['Red Race: A New Bastion' available to subscribers to download for free, link within]

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    Posted on November 25th, 2009

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    Respect A European Master

    Respect A European Master

    Only four men in the history of European football have more victories in the European Cup/Champions League than Rafa Benítez. Victory against Debrecen was his 50th in the competition.

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    Posted on November 24th, 2009

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    Debrecen – Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Debrecen – Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    So, can the Reds do it? Personally speaking, the performance, and a win, is more important than qualifying, which is out of our hands. Next priority, no more injuries! And a chance to see Aquilani from the start?

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    Posted on November 23rd, 2009

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    Jamie Redknapp – An Unfunny Joke

    Jamie Redknapp – An Unfunny Joke

    Stan Collymore and Jamie Redknapp – two Reds I used to stick up for in the ‘90s, but who are now beyond a joke. To be honest, the cream suits debacle deserves to be their legacy. They failed to deliver enough on the pitch, now they put the boot in, week after week.

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    Posted on November 23rd, 2009

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    The LFC ‘Team’ That Got Away

    The LFC ‘Team’ That Got Away

    This is the ‘team’ that Liverpool failed to sign, going back to 2003. The interesting thing is that none of these players was especially expensive, but often too expensive for Liverpool all the same. In other cases, the powers that be at the club either vetoed or dallied over the deal.

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    Posted on November 21st, 2009

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    Strange Days Indeed

    Strange Days Indeed

    The 13 players City used cost £162.5m; the 14 Liverpool used cost £71.4m. That’s well below half of the visitor’s line up. It shows how Liverpool are already well behind City in terms of squad strength, due to the fact that their spending has not been as a result of selling good players first.

  • Liverpool FC - Books

    Posted on November 20th, 2009

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    Dynasty: 50 Years of Shankly’s Liverpool

    Dynasty: 50 Years of Shankly’s Liverpool

    As the 50th anniversary of the great man’s appointment looms, I thought I’d cobble together a selection of sample pieces from the book, for those who haven’t yet read it.

  • Match Discussion

    Posted on November 20th, 2009

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    Man City (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Man City (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    As per usual, this is a discussion area for members relating to the latest match. Will the Reds be able to field a stronger side than of late? Is it time for Aquilani to start, and Gerrard and Torres to return? Personally, I think the Debrecen game might be the perfect time to start the [...]

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    Posted on November 18th, 2009

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    Essential Xmas Reading For Reds

    With that time of year approaching, here are my personal recommendations for stocking fillers, complete with brief reviews.

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    Posted on November 17th, 2009

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    Evolution of Liverpool’s Strongest XI

    Evolution of Liverpool’s Strongest XI

    Despite all the problems this season, the biggest ray of hope remains the chance to see a fully fit strongest XI take to the field.

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    Posted on November 16th, 2009

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    Solidity and Balance

    Solidity and Balance

    Only once the majority of players are fit, especially the main men, will we get an idea of where this team is headed, and if the correct balance can be struck.

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    Posted on November 11th, 2009

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    Red Race – Pre-Christmas Offer

    Red Race – Pre-Christmas Offer

    With less than 90 copies of ‘Red Race: A New Bastion’ left in stock, and wanting to avoid a reprint, this is almost a final chance to order the book.

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    Posted on November 10th, 2009

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    Tomkins Times’ Mission Statement

    Tomkins Times’ Mission Statement

    The idea of The Tomkins Times is to allow me an independent platform to give my thoughts, no matter how short or long. I am under no pressure to meet any external, editorial or commercial pressures.

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    Posted on November 10th, 2009

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    Top Five Liverpool Prospects

    Top Five Liverpool Prospects

    The following five players are the quintet who I believe to be the brightest prospects at the club, out of those who have yet to make a senior appearance, but who are at an age where a breakthrough in the next year is not impossible.

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    Posted on November 8th, 2009

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    Criticism Is Easy

    Criticism Is Easy

    Incredibly, signing Fernando Torres is now being redefined as a ‘no brainer’, whereas at the time many doubts were voiced and eyebrows raised about a player who was not believed to be a prolific goalscorer, moving to a new country. So even that masterstroke gets downgraded to a decision a monkey could have made. Well, no wonder you can criticise a manager, if you’re making it up as you go along.

  • Match Discussion

    Posted on November 7th, 2009

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    Post-Match Discussion – Birmingham (Updated)

    Post-Match Discussion – Birmingham (Updated)

    A few quick comments on the game – thought we played brilliantly apart from some dodgy moments in the final third, and a slow start after half-time. Having said that, there were also plenty of good moments in the final third. Indeed, the whole game was played there. Chucho the mad pitbull dog fella even [...]

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    Posted on November 6th, 2009

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    Cult of the Clueless

    Cult of the Clueless

    Expecting sense from Paul Merson is like expecting a foreign-language recital of Shakespeare from your dog. You watch and wait, but “it ain’t gonna happen, innit?”. For a second you think it might, then he turns and licks his balls. (The dog, not Merson.)

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    Posted on November 5th, 2009

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    What’s Gone Wrong This Season?

    What’s Gone Wrong This Season?

    It’s hard to condense a season of problems into a few issues, but I will try to do so. (At least that will be a few more issues than some observers of the game will bother with, with their ignorant, pithy statements that condemn in less than 50 words.) Lack of depth Investment in the [...]

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    Posted on November 4th, 2009

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    Six Months On

    Six Months On

    Six months ago, with Liverpool challenging for the league title, my dad was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma (a cancer that lines all internal organs), and given six months to live.

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    Posted on November 4th, 2009

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    Lyon – Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Lyon – Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    From OptaJoe on Twitter: French clubs have won 73% of their Champions League games this season (English: 64%, Spain & Italy: 43%). The fact that Liverpool have also got a good Italian team in the group (66% win rate, with Mourinho’s Inter Milan, with three defeats out of three, dragging down their nation) shows that the [...]

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    Posted on November 3rd, 2009

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    Class is Permanent, Form Is Temporary

    Class is Permanent, Form Is Temporary

    Lest some ex-stars forget, one of the oldest Liverpool FC adages is that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.

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    Posted on November 2nd, 2009

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    What is the Current Liverpool Squad Worth?

    What is the Current Liverpool Squad Worth?

    The following is an article that was written many weeks ago for members of this site, but is now available to all in an updated form. “People can say I have been here for five years but you can see the difference. Compare the value of the squad before and the value of the squad now, [...]

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