• Featured, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on September 29th, 2010

    Written by Maleven (a.k.a. Cob)

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    Joe Cole: In-Depth Analysis

    Joe Cole: In-Depth Analysis

    The following is an excellent, in-depth look at the reasons for signing Joe Cole, by guest writer James Seth Owens. He looks at what Cole has offered so far, and how his game – and the team’s overall tactics – can develop at Liverpool.

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on September 26th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    So, Whose Fault Is It?

    So, Whose Fault Is It?

    The worst league start for 18 years, and an undeserved (but very welcome) equaliser away from it being the worst for 56 years. Add to that the most humbling cup exit since 1959. So, whose fault is it?

  • Off Field Issues

    Posted on September 26th, 2010

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    The SOS Extraordinary General Meeting

    The SOS Extraordinary General Meeting

    The SOS Extraordinary General Meeting took place in Liverpool city centre before the game with Sunderland. The purpose of this article is to provide an abridged update on what I thought were the key aspects.

  • Book Extract, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 23rd, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    “Pay As You Play” – Exclusive Chapter for Subscribers

    “Pay As You Play” – Exclusive Chapter for Subscribers

    Exclusive to Subscribers of The Tomkins Times, both the Introduction and Chapter One of “Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era” are available as a PDF download.

  • Featured, Match Discussion

    Posted on September 23rd, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Sunderland (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Sunderland (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Compare that to our league form which has seen Liverpool make their joint worst start to a Premier League season (shared with 1992/93) and become only the third LFC side in 29 seasons to have a negative goal difference after five matches: -2 in 1992/93 (finished 5th) and -1 in 2006/07 (finished 3rd). We currently have a goal difference of -3, which is our poorest showing after five games since we were relegated in 1953/54.

  • Featured, Free, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on September 21st, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Yet Again, Ferguson is Wrong About Liverpool

    Yet Again, Ferguson is Wrong About Liverpool

    It’s one thing Alex Ferguson misleading the press about the plight of Liverpool Football Club, quite another them lapping it up like suckling pups. Of course, not that you’d expect a lot more from the worst breed of hacks with their pre-set narrative.

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 20th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Northampton (h) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Northampton (h) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Kyrgiakos, Jones, Wilson, Agger, Spearing, Pacheco, Ngog, Babel all set to start tonight’s game, against League Two’s Northampton Town.

  • Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 17th, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Manchester Utd (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Manchester Utd (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Liverpool appear to be facing a monumental task when they head to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester Utd in the Premier League. Following the 0 – 0 draw at Birmingham, our away record remains poor and we have now failed to score in seven out of our last ten away games. Manchester Utd on the other hand have won both of their home games this season 3 – 0 and last season saw the Red Devils fail to win just three of their 19 games at Old Trafford (two defeats and a draw).

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 16th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Roy Hodgson: A Premature Evaluation

    Roy Hodgson: A Premature Evaluation

    With four league games gone, it’s a bit soon to be making blanket assessments. So this is written with that caveat in mind. I can only give my thoughts, as requested by Well Red Magazine, on what I’ve seen so far. Therefore, what I’ve witnessed is the definition of Liverpool under Roy Hodgson. (Until it changes, which could be within a game or two, six months, or never.)

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on September 16th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Reserve Report: Liverpool 2 Wolves 0

    Reserve Report: Liverpool 2 Wolves 0

    Matthew Cain continues his regular feature of filing match reports on the Reserves, this time following their 2-0 win over Wolves.

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on September 10th, 2010

    Written by Kais

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    Roy’s Tactics: What have we learnt so far?

    Roy’s Tactics: What have we learnt so far?

    As a caveat, it must be noted that, as with any new manager, Roy will certainly require more time in order to comprehensively convey his methods to the squad; and it will take time for them, in turn, to imbibe his ideas and execute them appropriately in a match situation. Nevertheless, there are certain tactical nuances worth examining [...]

  • Featured, Guest Writer, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 10th, 2010

    Written by Taf McDonald

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    Sale (30% off) – Coming Soon?

    Sale (30% off) – Coming Soon?

    When the sales are coming to a retailer near you, you know to hang off a few days before you go and spend your money, don’t you? It’s a real frustration when you see the item you bought a few days earlier now sat on a shelf for half the amount you paid. The more expensive the item the higher the frustration and financial ‘loss’.

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 10th, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Birmingham (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Birmingham (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Liverpool have won just two out of the 12 Premier League meetings prior to this match, with Birmingham claiming three victories. There have been six consecutive draws between the clubs in the Premier League dating back to the 2005/06 campaign, while Liverpool have failed to win any of the previous eight games in the league between the two sides.

  • Book Extract, Featured, Free

    Posted on September 9th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Gérard Houllier: The “Dynasty” Chapter

    Gérard Houllier: The “Dynasty” Chapter

    More so than any other Liverpool manager, Gérard Houllier’s stewardship is characterised by two distinct periods, divided by a single dramatic event: the building up of a very good side, and then failure as he dismantled it following a near-death experience as his aortic valve ruptured.

  • Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 8th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    A Club Divided

    A Club Divided

    This is not an easy time to be a Liverpool fan. We are being pulled this way and that; torn between the old-fashioned notion of what supporting our club entails and doing ‘the right thing’ in a political sense (with people having different ideas as to what that is).

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on September 8th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Reserves Report: 2-2 Newcastle

    Reserves Report: 2-2 Newcastle

    This was a much, much better performance from Liverpool reserves – although it was basically a different team to the one that laboured to a draw against Wigan. The reds played a higher line, moved the ball about more quickly and rather than constantly knocking it long, were happy to play neat passes in to feet and work an opening.

  • Subscribers Only, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on September 5th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Reserves Review: 0-0 vs Wigan

    Reserves Review: 0-0 vs Wigan

    By Matthew Cain. For all the anticipation of the first game of the season, Wigan in the sunshine at the academy was never likely to be a springboard for an exciting game or the hint of promise for the rest of the season. And so it proved. Many of the reserve team were unavailable due to slight injury (Ayala) [...]

  • Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Transfer Round-Up and 25-Man Squads

    Transfer Round-Up and 25-Man Squads

    In terms of the gross cost of the squads, Liverpool now languish in 6th place with £108.7m, slightly behind Aston Villa. The top spot goes to Man City (£322m), who are now way above Man Utd (£228m) and Chelsea (£215m). The media may be up in arms at Daniel Levy’s reluctance to help Spurs push on but a squad cost of £191m should be enough to secure 4th place, if the finances are anything to go on.