• By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 29th, 2015

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    Do Liverpool Need the Cups?

    Do Liverpool Need the Cups?

    By Paul Tomkins. Given that the role of momentum in sport may be overplayed, it’s difficult to know whether cup runs are important. It’s always nice to win silverware, but if that silverware has no great meaning – if it has been devalued (or never was of value) – then it becomes a question of [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 19th, 2015

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    How Do You Overcome the Transfer Odds?

    How Do You Overcome the Transfer Odds?

    By Paul Tomkins. Last week’s defence of FSG’s transfer policy garnered some great feedback, although, for those who only read the headline, let me make something clear: it wasn’t written to praise the approach. It was a defence from an ‘attack’ (albeit what I saw as a misguided attack rather than anything sinister), and not [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 10th, 2015

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    In Defence of FSG’s Transfer Policy

    In Defence of FSG’s Transfer Policy

    By Paul Tomkins. This article on the This Is Anfield website was brought to my attention (by, amongst other people, its author, Mark Pearson, via Twitter), and I wanted to respond, as I took exception to some of the points raised. I told Mark that I’d respond via an article, and he may respond in [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 9th, 2015

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    As the Dust Settles on ‘Stevie G’

    As the Dust Settles on ‘Stevie G’

    By Paul Tomkins. How the hell did Liverpool let a player who will be 35 in May leave on a free transfer? If you ask yourself that question, without the surrounding noise and emotion of what that particular player represents, you’d probably ask yourself how many successful (or aspiring-to-be-successful) clubs keep anyone of that age, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on January 3rd, 2015

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    Au Revoir Gerrard

    Au Revoir Gerrard

    By Paul Tomkins. At the end of this season Steven Gerrard will turn 35. He is without doubt a living Liverpool legend, but no one should remain at a club, or in a side, based on sentiment. The question is, how effective is he, after more than 16 years in the first team? I’m not [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 31st, 2014

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    A Year of Bad Signings?

    A Year of Bad Signings?

    By Paul Tomkins. The thing I hate most about people saying that a club ‘wasted’ £Xm on players is that it rarely refers to transfers that have run their course. When a player leaves, then you can count the cost. Obviously an instant impact is required to appease most judges, but as my previous transfer [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News

    Posted on December 30th, 2014

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    Eyewitness Testimony: Can We Trust What We See?

    Eyewitness Testimony: Can We Trust What We See?

    By Paul Tomkins Weirdly, when some Liverpool fans look at Mamadou Sakho they see Djimi Traore. As a pair of French-African centre-backs who stand approximately 6’3”, some observers can’t help but see the latter whenever they watch the former. It’s probably not an issue of race as such, but a case of confirmation bias. Given [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 22nd, 2014

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    2014: A Year of Two Halves

    2014: A Year of Two Halves

    By Paul Tomkins. Last Christmas Liverpool gave us real heart; this year, to save us from cheer, they’ve definitely not been special. (Ho ho ho.) Big-name players, as well as the manager, have been labelled worse than scumbags, maggots and cheap lousy faggots. O holy defence!, we cried, Don’t fall on your knees (or your [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on December 19th, 2014

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    Sterling and Origi Cannot Score Goals?

    Sterling and Origi Cannot Score Goals?

    By Paul Tomkins. Raheem Sterling cannot score goals. He’s not a natural finisher, people tell me. Well, is this true? My hunch is the Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen ruined Liverpool fans when it comes to assessing young goalscorers. (And thinking back, Ian Rush, who couldn’t score for toffee aged 19, became prolific at the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on December 15th, 2014

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    Losing To Man United Is Great!

    Losing To Man United Is Great!

    By Paul Tomkins. Is there anything better than losing to Manchester United? Like a walk in a bracing winter’s wind, it certainly makes you feel alive. It’s particularly good if you go absolutely mental about it, when whatever you say is forgivable because Liverpool lost to Manchester United. Or perhaps you simply wanted the manager [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on December 10th, 2014

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    The End of the World (and I Feel Fine)

    The End of the World (and I Feel Fine)

    By Paul Tomkins. Some of this season’s problems I was able to foretell – plenty of which were obvious, but a few of which followed patterns and trends most fans don’t seem aware of. Others I didn’t see coming, or was just plain wrong about. A quick check of Twitter this morning – and believe [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Site News, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 8th, 2014

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    Bored of Rodgers, Bored of Wenger

    Bored of Rodgers, Bored of Wenger

    By Paul Tomkins. In the future, managers will be given contracts on a game-by-game basis. Players will be voted off the pitch and out of the club, with new ones voted in and on. There has to reach a point where no one – players, managers, coaches – can withstand any bad form whatsoever. The [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News

    Posted on December 5th, 2014

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    Open Letter to TTT Subscribers

    Open Letter to TTT Subscribers

    By Paul Tomkins. This is a very important notice for Subscribers.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 30th, 2014

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    The Decisions Rodgers Has To Make

    The Decisions Rodgers Has To Make

    By Paul Tomkins. Steven Gerrard didn’t start a football match, and the world did not end. Indeed, the Reds broke with recent form and went on to win. Those who think it was logical to rest/rotate/drop/abandon Gerrard can point to the result, and those who thought it was an insult can say ‘look, he came [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on November 24th, 2014

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    Why Liverpool Never Win the League

    Why Liverpool Never Win the League

    By Paul Tomkins. One thing people always tell me is that Liverpool ‘won’t win the league with X manager’. Ten years ago I’d have gone along with this, as I still thought it football was all about having the right manager. But over the past decade it has been clear to me that Liverpool won’t [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on November 24th, 2014

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    Time To Sack Rodgers?

    Time To Sack Rodgers?

    By Paul Tomkins. “Retweet this if you want Rodgers sacked” came one Tweet. Well, I didn’t; because I don’t. Equally, this season has been such a car crash that, even after last year’s miracle, I wouldn’t be able to say that the manager’s job should be totally safe. This is a quick 2,000 words after [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on November 20th, 2014

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    A Decade of Big-Club Transfer Spending

    A Decade of Big-Club Transfer Spending

    By Paul Tomkins. The lack of sophistication and in-depth thought in most transfer assessments drives me to distraction. As I’ve noted before, I’m not a student of the tactics of the game, and I don’t write match reports or do transfer gossip. What I have done for the past half a decade (and for a [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 19th, 2014

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    Revising Opinions: Is Rodgers Now a Flop?

    Revising Opinions: Is Rodgers Now a Flop?

    By Paul Tomkins. In life there seems to be a really dangerous idea that changing your mind is a sign of weakness. Obviously flip-flopping from minute to minute like the old Fast Show character – who, incidentally, did so beautifully on the topic of football – is a clear sign of total indecision, but we [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 12th, 2014

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    Information Overload! Information Overload!

    Information Overload! Information Overload!

    By Paul Tomkins. Twenty years ago, you were a British boss and you did 4-4-2, with British or, if you were being really modern and wacky, Scandinavian players. English football was simple, in pretty much all senses. Arsène Wenger hadn’t arrived with his funny foreign ways, and the fad for 3-5-2, which briefly flourished in [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on November 9th, 2014

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    November Spawned a Monster: Liverpool’s Woes

    November Spawned a Monster: Liverpool’s Woes

    By Paul Tomkins. As the age-old English refrain reminds us at this time every year, as effigies are lifted onto pyres and fireworks are sent fizzing and popping into the sky, Remember remember … when Liverpool were good. Alternatively, as Morrissey once put it (as he tugged on a half-open silk blouse in the middle [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 6th, 2014

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    Dig In Deep For the Winter, Reds

    Dig In Deep For the Winter, Reds

    By Paul Tomkins. If winning 26 league games in a season – for the first time in 26 years – can’t buy a manager some time, then we might as well give up with this football lark. I spent the first half of last season asking questions about Rodgers, until the turn of the year, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News

    Posted on November 1st, 2014

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    Important Info For Subscribers (UPDATED)

    Important Info For Subscribers (UPDATED)

    By Paul Tomkins. This is a really important news update which I’d like all Subscribers to read, as it affects how subscriptions will work in the future.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 30th, 2014

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    10 Reasons Why LFC Are Struggling

    10 Reasons Why LFC Are Struggling

    By Paul Tomkins. Things are rarely as simple as they seem. And yet, over the weekend, I had people telling me they knew exactly what was going wrong at Liverpool. And it was often just one thing. (I was told I was ‘naive’ to think that it’s any more complex than that, by the archetypal [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 26th, 2014

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    Balotelli the Escaped Goat

    Balotelli the Escaped Goat

    By Paul Tomkins. When the move for Mario Balotelli was mooted in the summer I wrote a piece saying the club should avoid him like the plague. So I might be forgiven if I started crowing that I was right, and drawing your attention to said piece. Instead I’ve been running a gamut of abuse [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014

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    Liverpool FC, and the Faults in Our Stars

    Liverpool FC, and the Faults in Our Stars

    By Paul Tomkins. Last season, in winning 26 league games, Liverpool maximised their strengths, and exceeded the sum of their parts. This season, the Reds are seeing their weaknesses exploited, and have played really well on only one occasion (at Spurs). Good fortune leaves Rodgers’ team in 5th place in the league, and effectively joint-second [...]

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