• By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 21st, 2014

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    Liverpool Stole My Bowel Control

    Liverpool Stole My Bowel Control

    By Paul Tomkins. Followers of my Twitter feed will be well aware of my new-found obsession with toilet humour. This is partly due to the way the Reds have engendered a bond between man and porcelain. After the numbing years of Hodgson, the anticlimax of Dalglish MKII and the mixed-bagness of last season, I just [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 13th, 2014

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    Mental. Mental. Mental.

    Mental. Mental. Mental.

    By Paul Tomkins. Totally mental. In every sense of the word: mental |ˈmɛnt(ə)l| adjective 1 relating to the mind: mental faculties | mental phenomena. • done by or occurring in the mind: a quick mental calculation | she made a mental note to ring him later. 2 of or relating to disorders or illnesses of [...]

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

    Posted on April 11th, 2014

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    The Reds Have Bought Success? No Chance

    The Reds Have Bought Success? No Chance

    By Paul Tomkins. The notion that Liverpool have bought success, as opined by the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan, is frankly ludicrous. He also Tweeted that:  …while Liverpool do have a couple of home-grown lads in Gerrard and Jon Flanagan, it is outrageous to suggest they have not bought their way to success. Liverpool have [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 9th, 2014

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    High on the Hedonic Treadmill

    High on the Hedonic Treadmill

    By Paul Tomkins. Note: I started writing this piece at the weekend, to publish after the West Ham game, whatever the result. But after the final whistle I held back, penning this instead, given that calm, rational logic felt wrong in the moment of victory. In basic terms, the hedonic treadmill refers to how our [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 6th, 2014

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    Screw Logic, Embrace Emotion

    Screw Logic, Embrace Emotion

    By Paul Tomkins. Yesterday I wrote a calm, rational piece for this site, ready to publish in victory, defeat or stalemate at Upton Park. But as happy as I am with the article, my emotions are far too frazzled for it to feel relevant. It is not, in seems, for the aftermath of an emotional [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 4th, 2014

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    Q&A Session – on Rodgers, Rafa, FSG and More

    Q&A Session – on Rodgers, Rafa, FSG and More

    Paul Tomkins Q&A Session. Questions – on Rodgers, Rafa, FSG, Ian Ayre and more – posed by members of www.liverpoolroom.com. Please tell us your thoughts on Financial Fair Play and if it will achieve its goal, and what effect will it have on Liverpool in relation to their rivals? To be honest, I thought it was [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 31st, 2014

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    Incredible Reds, Rising To The Challenge

    Incredible Reds, Rising To The Challenge

    By Paul Tomkins. Seventy-one points, and top of the league in March? You’re kidding, right? A month or so ago, once I threw off the mental shackles that told me this kind of thing doesn’t happen, I felt Liverpool had to hit the front late in the season to win the title. April is a [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 28th, 2014

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    Why Brendan Rodgers Bucks The Trend

    Why Brendan Rodgers Bucks The Trend

    By Paul Tomkins. As any parent will tell you, it’s important to have a young British driver behind the wheel of the school bus. Rather than trust our kids to foreign drivers with experience and qualifications, perhaps even those used to steering a vehicle of a similar size, it’s far better to put our little [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on March 22nd, 2014

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    Drop This ‘Bravery’ Bollocks

    Drop This ‘Bravery’ Bollocks

    By Paul Tomkins. Let’s get one thing straight: there’s absolutely nothing brave about giving it a go when you’ve got nothing left to lose. The hard part in football is when you’re expected to win, when qualification is taken for granted. Like Roy Hodgson, David Moyes starts each game feeling like his team are 3-0 [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 17th, 2014

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    Twenty Times Better: Liverpool 3 United 0

    Twenty Times Better: Liverpool 3 United 0

    By Paul Tomkins. Sunday, March 16th. “Twenty times” sang United fans at the end, perhaps referring to how much better Liverpool were than their team, on a day when even Gary Neville felt the visitors should have had five penalties. (While we’re at it United fans, that’s five times.) United fans are sticking by their [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on February 28th, 2014

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    Quicksilver Sterling Gathers No Moss

    Quicksilver Sterling Gathers No Moss

    By Paul Tomkins. Ever since youth football matches started being recorded and/or televised there have been a number of performers who have stood out to me. Almost all of them have gone on to become big stars.  To see this took no genius on my part; just open eyes. While a lot of promising youngsters [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Part Free, Part Subscriber

    Posted on February 17th, 2014

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    Why Liverpool Can Win the Title

    Why Liverpool Can Win the Title

    By Paul Tomkins. One thing is inarguable right now: Liverpool look like a team on the up. Despite losing to Arsenal in the cup, it was the second time the Reds had outplayed the Gunners in just over a week. The score over the two games was 6-3. However, a week ago I outlined the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on February 10th, 2014

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    Why Liverpool Won’t Win the Title

    Why Liverpool Won’t Win the Title

    By Paul Tomkins. While it’s not a long way from being a mathematical impossibility, Liverpool – whose home performances have often been simply sensational – can’t, in my opinion, win the league this season. To even have suggested it could be possible at the start of the campaign would have seen men in white coats [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on February 5th, 2014

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    The Big Comedown: A Week of Errors

    The Big Comedown: A Week of Errors

    By Paul Tomkins. Eight days ago we were basking in the glow of an absolute thrashing of the team colloquially known as ‘the blue shite’. The next few days didn’t go quite so well. Transfers Transfer windows are increasingly hyped-up affairs. I think Liverpool fans were even more unhinged in the January window for two [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 31st, 2014

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    Stick That In Your Pipe …

    Stick That In Your Pipe …

    By Paul Tomkins. Some post-Everton / transfer thoughts One day, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds will have a mediocre match. Right now, it seems to be a case of searing, heat-seeking attack, or disorganised chaos. Actually, scrap that: Hull at home was the one occasion when they registered at neither extreme, and that’s possibly why quite a [...]

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

    Posted on January 26th, 2014

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    Transfer Records, and Why They Mata

    Transfer Records, and Why They Mata

    By Paul Tomkins. On Saturday, Channel 4’s Economics Editor Faisal Islam tweeted: “No one ever inflation-adjusts “record” transfer fees, do they? Sigh. #mata”. Except, of course, we do. In 2010 I joined forces with über-accountant and statistician Graeme Riley to create the Transfer Price Index (TPI), which converts football prices to ‘modern money’ (or what [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 23rd, 2014

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    Does Anyone Actually Enjoy Football Anymore?

    Does Anyone Actually Enjoy Football Anymore?

    By Paul Tomkins. Modern life grows increasingly hectic. Equally, the game of football becomes ever more frantic, and with it intensifies the experience of the fan. Years ago, the old grainy black-and-white days – before the era of hooliganism – it seemed that people enjoyed the game for what it was; it’s hard to see [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on January 19th, 2014

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    The Good, the Bad and the Cissokho

    The Good, the Bad and the Cissokho

    By Paul Tomkins. Any time I start to buy into the potential brilliance of Brendan Rodgers he goes and does something that gives rise to some doubts. Having said that, overall it has felt like an upward trajectory under the Ulsterman, so things have to be kept in that context. Last season he over-talked his [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Part Free, Part Subscriber, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 15th, 2014

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    Money Buys Success: the Proof You Need?

    Money Buys Success: the Proof You Need?

    By Paul Tomkins. A handful of years ago I joined forces with Graeme Riley to create the Transfer Price Index – a way of looking at how football inflation (which we discovered runs much, much faster than standard inflation) affects transfers. From this we worked out the “real” cost of squads and XIs. We then [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on January 13th, 2014

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    Regal Rodgers and Mediocre Moyes

    Regal Rodgers and Mediocre Moyes

    By Paul Tomkins. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to look down on Manchester United. Funnily enough, it’s quite a nice feeling. It may not last, of course, as football’s like that – you may laugh, but someone always laughs later (and no-one laughs last) – but right now I can’t help but [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on January 7th, 2014

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    Liverpool’s Rubbish

    Liverpool’s Rubbish

    By Paul Tomkins. Listening to a lot of Liverpool fans tweet – and presumably it’s the same on phone-ins (I’ve avoided that torture for a decade now) – you’d think the current squad comprises a bunch of hopeless goons who were lucky enough to win a competition to wear a red kit and run around [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 24th, 2013

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    LFC 2013/14 vs LFC 2008/09

    LFC 2013/14 vs LFC 2008/09

    By Paul Tomkins. I think it’s pretty clear that this is the best Liverpool side since the vintage that finished second with 25 wins and 86 points just four years ago. And even though this is the lowest tally in eleven years for a table-topping team at Christmas, Rodgers side is on course for 85 [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on December 22nd, 2013

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    Rodgers, and FSG’s Big Mistake

    Rodgers, and FSG’s Big Mistake

    By Paul Tomkins. I don’t know if the 2012 documentary Being:Liverpool helped improve Liverpool’s global appeal at all – it’s hard to imagine people falling for the club in the way that Istanbul lured in new Reds – but perhaps it helped sell thousands of shirts which, in turn, helped pay for Luis Suarez’s new [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Free

    Posted on December 15th, 2013

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    Landmark Victory For Rodgers’ Reds

    Landmark Victory For Rodgers’ Reds

    By Paul Tomkins. Well, that was unexpected. My pre-match fear about the Reds never doing well at White Hart Lane proved somewhat misplaced. Not for the first time, I was proved wrong. One post-match Tweeter seemed unusually keen that I admit I was “wrong over Rodgers”. Football writers are no different from terrace and armchair [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured

    Posted on December 8th, 2013

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    Fortune Favours The Brave?

    Fortune Favours The Brave?

    By Paul Tomkins. It has to be said: even though this exciting Liverpool side is flawed, it fully merits its place in the table on account of being less flawed than its rivals. Of course, three games against those rivals in December might change the complexion of the table, and expose Liverpool’s defensive frailties. But [...]

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