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    Posted on January 31st, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Torres, Carroll, Suarez, Adam: Transfer Chaos

    Torres, Carroll, Suarez, Adam: Transfer Chaos

    For the first couple of seasons at Liverpool, Fernando Torres was the most complete striker I’d ever seen at the club; Ian Rush’s pace and finishing prowess, but with the ability to also beat defenders with skill and hit a wider variety of strikes. He seemed humble, hard-working and devoted to the club. He was [...]

  • Liverpool FC, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 30th, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Stoke (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    Stoke (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    DATE: 2/2/2011 VENUE: Anfield KICK OFF: 8PM COMPETITION: Preview: It’s been one hell of a season to be a supporter of Liverpool Football Club. The good news of a top class signing in the form of Luis Suárez joining the club had been overshadowed by Fernando Torres handing in a written transfer request before subsequently [...]

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    Posted on January 28th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Suárez & Torres: Dream Team?

    Suárez & Torres: Dream Team?

    So, one of the world’s best strikers signs, on the day that we’re told one of the world’s best strikers is supposedly intent on leaving. Nothing is ever simple as a Liverpool fan these days, is it? But while Suárez has signed, Torres has yet to go anywhere. In theory, they look like a perfectly [...]

  • Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 28th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Thoughts on Kenny, Squad Strength, FSG and More

    Thoughts on Kenny, Squad Strength, FSG and More

    I recently gave an in-depth interview on a range of football-related subjects to the excellent Back Page Football website, but before it appears on there, I will share it with subscribers to The Tomkins Times.

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on January 28th, 2011

    Written by Kais

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    Liverpool vs Fulham: Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool vs Fulham: Tactical Analysis

    By Kais. King Kenny’s second consecutive win – and his first at Anfield during this new reign – saw Liverpool move up the table into 7th place, albeit under somewhat fortuitous circumstances, particularly with respect to the goal. Tactical Line-ups • For the Reds, Liverpool continued with the protean 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 that King Kenny prefers, with [...]

  • Featured, Free, QuickBlog

    Posted on January 26th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    History Repeating Itself? A Quick Observation

    History Repeating Itself? A Quick Observation

    The following quote was recently sent my way: “It was very hard to do it, it really was, because Roy was such a very, very nice man and full of integrity. But it wasn’t really happening, we weren’t progressing and the crowd was getting restless. They were. But mostly I didn’t feel the tradition was [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 25th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Out of the Dark Ages, Into the Light

    Out of the Dark Ages, Into the Light

    Six months ago Liverpool were owned by Gillett and Hicks, run by Christian Purslow and managed by Roy Hodgson who, being English and a fan of 4-4-2 (plus big centre-forwards, and not a proponent of zonal marking), was much loved by Andy Gray. How times change. Hodgson was proud of his 1970s tactics (and openly [...]

  • Featured, Member

    Posted on January 25th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Subscribing to the Tomkins Times

    Subscribing to the Tomkins Times

    How To Subscribe Until recently, you needed to hold a Paypal account to become a subscriber. While you don’t need an account to make standard Paypal purchases, we didn’t realise that for subscription services it is a prerequisite. But now, with the ‘annual gift’ option, you can click on the link for non-Paypal customers, as [...]

  • Chalkboards, Featured, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 25th, 2011

    Written by Beez

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    Christian Poulsen: Defending The Indefensible?

    Christian Poulsen: Defending The Indefensible?

    By Andrew Beasley (a.k.a  Beezdog) ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ is a phrase often used to try and undermine research, by effectively saying that you can prove anything with numbers. But can you use numbers to go so far as proving Christian Poulsen has done remotely well at Liverpool? Poulsen is a fairly rare beast: [...]

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    Posted on January 24th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Raul Meireles – Hodgson’s Success & Failure

    Raul Meireles – Hodgson’s Success & Failure

    There’s only one thing at Liverpool that, on the evidence so far, Roy Hodgson indubitably got right: the purchase of Raul Meireles. Whether or not it was led by (now ex-) chief scout and fellow Iberian, Eduardo Macia, is somewhat moot: the transfer has Hodgson’s name on it, in the same way that managers get the [...]

  • Featured, Free

    Posted on January 23rd, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Liverpool FC Alive Again

    Liverpool FC Alive Again

    It took Kenny Dalglish just two away games to do what Roy Hodgson failed to achieve in 10: win convincingly away from home in the Premier League. Indeed, as is well known, the Reds only managed a single away victory under Hodgson in the league, and that was via a barely-deserved late winner at Bolton. [...]

  • Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 22nd, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Fulham (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    Fulham (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    Date: 26th Dec 2010 Venue: Anfield Competition: Preview: When this post was originally written by Gary, Roy Hodgson was about to face his former club with both teams struggling for form. Since then, quite a lot has happened.

  • Statistical Analysis

    Posted on January 21st, 2011

    Written by Beez

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    Indefensible: Liverpool’s Defensive Woes

    Indefensible: Liverpool’s Defensive Woes

    By Andrew Beasley (a.k.a. beezdog) Following the first two league games of the second Dalglish managerial era, something worrying occurred to me: in both games we had taken the lead, only to subsequently conceded twice and go behind. Don’t panic, this is not a rabid, foaming mouthed ‘DALGLISH OUT’ rant; rather a look at how [...]

  • Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 20th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Back to the Top 4: How Much Investment Required?

    Back to the Top 4: How Much Investment Required?

    Zach Slaton, the author of A Beautiful Numbers Game blog and an Arsenal fan (by trade a mechanical engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt), takes a look at the data from Pay As You Play and calculates how much investment is needed by Liverpool to return to the Champions League.

  • Featured, Free

    Posted on January 20th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Being Tweeted Fairly? Footballers, Clubs & Social Media

    Being Tweeted Fairly? Footballers, Clubs & Social Media

    By Daniel Geey and Hal Cohen Introduction (in 140 characters) Footballers: beware of fines, bans, hackers and privacy settings. Clubs: get your guidelines and damage control policies in place #beforeyougetintorealtrouble Footballers are always going to be in the headlines. Late night drinking, kiss-and-tell stories and mega transfers create big news stories. We even have Kenny [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 20th, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Wolves (A): Match Preview and Discussion

    Wolves (A): Match Preview and Discussion

    Date: 22nd Jan 2011 Venue: Molineux Kick Off: 12.45pm Competition: Preview: Could this be the first of the relegation ‘six-pointers’ that Liverpool have in store?  Liverpool are four points above the relegation zone and five points separate us from 19th placed Wolves – defeat to the Wanderers will leave us just two points clear of [...]

  • Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 18th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    What About The Players?

    What About The Players?

    It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame – Oscar Wilde. Updated from an article in issue 5 of Well Red, the magazine’s editor, Gareth, Roberts looks at the one constant in all of Liverpool’s recent struggles. This post is for Subscribers only. Click on the logo above for more details [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 17th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Transfers, Tiaras and Tantrums

    Transfers, Tiaras and Tantrums

    A fortnight left in the transfer window, and some edgy Reds have been showing concern at a lack of activity. But this is an awkward time to do deals, and my perception is that moves occur closer to deadline day, as the haggling draws to a close with a compromise. There’s no need to panic [...]

  • LFC History, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 17th, 2011

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    King Kenny, 1985-1991

    King Kenny, 1985-1991

    By Chris Rowland. Before Kenny’s return was announced, I like many had been unsure whether it would be the right move, whether it would be regressive, whether he was in touch with the football world of now. But the announcement brought an instinctive surge of elation and a lightened up sense of having my connection [...]

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    Posted on January 14th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Future’s Bright; the Future’s Red

    The Future’s Bright; the Future’s Red

    I’ve always attempted to see the bigger picture with Liverpool FC, and never liked short-term thinking. However, before we could focus on Fenway Sports Group’s long-term vision, we had a massive obstacle obscuring our view. If we were setting off on a long journey with our new American owners – accepting that it would take [...]

  • Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 14th, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Everton (H): The King in his Castle

    Everton (H): The King in his Castle

    Date: 16th Jan 2011 Venue: Anfield Kick Off: 14.05pm Competition: Match Preview: The 184th league meeting between Liverpool and Everton promises to be a memorable one for many reasons, not least for the homecoming of Kenny Dalglish some 20 years after he left Liverpool. The stakes have surely been raised even higher following the 2-1 [...]

  • Featured, Free

    Posted on January 13th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Right Approach, But More Work Needed

    Right Approach, But More Work Needed

    Although both games have been lost, Liverpool have at least tried to pass, move and press higher up the pitch under Kenny Dalglish. The appointment of Steve Clarke will hopefully prove a shrewd one, and there’s no need to panic after what was always going to be a very difficult start. If people thought writing [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 12th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Liverpool FC: Big Club, Massive Pride

    Liverpool FC: Big Club, Massive Pride

    Simon Clancy, producer for BBC Radio 5, takes a look at the bond between Liverpool FC and its supporters, and how the relationship between fans and manager broke down to such alarming levels under Roy Hodgson. Did we let ourselves down, or simply protect our heritage? Is it likely to be repeated? – or are we all united once again?

  • Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on January 11th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Roy vs Rafa: Endgame

    Roy vs Rafa: Endgame

    Following on from his comparisons between last season and this, Andrew Beasley looks at the final 20 league games of Rafa Benítez and Roy Hodgson. A lot was made of the fact that Liverpool weren’t very good in 2010 before the change took place, so this piece examines that belief. As we all know, Rafael [...]

  • Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 11th, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Blackpool (A): Match Preview and Discussion

    Blackpool (A): Match Preview and Discussion

    Date: 12th Jan 2010 Venue: Bloomfield Road Kick Off: 8pm Competition: Preview: A new era has begun at Anfield with the return of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager. It’s a testament to King Kenny’s reputation and legendary status amongst Liverpool supporters (and amongst many of his peers, even if some won’t admit it publicly) that [...]

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