• By Paul Tomkins, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 21st, 2014

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    No Player is Ever the Same Twice

    No Player is Ever the Same Twice

    By Paul Tomkins. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.”   Heraclitus Or, no player, once placed into a different team, is ever the same player again. He is merely a different version of what he was; surrounded now [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 1st, 2014

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    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    By Paul Tomkins. The one thing we’re quick to forget is that the future of football is never written in stone. I too am not immune from using precedents as some kind of proof of future success. You can find handy guides,  it is true, but no-one is ever correct in predicting what will happen [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    They Dared To Dream: TTT Book OUT NOW

    They Dared To Dream: TTT Book OUT NOW

    Our new book – They Dared To Dream: How Rodgers’ Liverpool Went So Close – is now available on Kindle, via Amazon. The book is a mixture of articles written during the season and new material composed – via our many talented writers – especially for the project. Click the link below to go to the [...]

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

    Posted on June 26th, 2014

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    The Problem of Luis Suarez and Two Tribes

    The Problem of Luis Suarez and Two Tribes

    By Paul Tomkins. One thing that has bothered me in the past when defending Luis Suarez – or, if not defending, at least, asking that he be given a fair trial and a punishment commensurate with his ‘crimes’ – is that I got dismissed by many for being part of a tribe, and not seeing [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 25th, 2014

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    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    By Paul Tomkins. When an ex-Liverpool manager takes charge of half a dozen Liverpool players in a group containing current and ex-Liverpool players, then international football has more meaning for this website. This is, after all, a site dedicated to discussing Liverpool FC, although we will wander off topic now and then. Suddenly, it seems, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 22nd, 2014

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    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    By Paul Tomkins. The best thing about England losing both opening games of a World Cup for the first time since 1958 is that a large chunk of the Liverpool squad will be home early for a well-earned rest (even if that rest was earned in the Premier League, not Brazil). The three lions looked [...]

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

    Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    By Paul Tomkins. The title ‘Tomkins’ Law’ was recently assigned to my transfer theory by Dan Kennett, referring to my observation that only 40% of transfers succeed. (Naming a website after myself may seem vain enough as it is – although it was originally intended to be a solo blog – so I must make [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 26th, 2014

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    Liverpool Should Definitely Buy THIS Player

    Liverpool Should Definitely Buy THIS Player

    By Paul Tomkins. Though I often get asked, I don’t watch enough football to answer questions about who Liverpool should sign; I haven’t travelled here, there and everywhere to watch them in the flesh, studied extensive video analysis (i.e. not just YouTube highlights) or researched their backgrounds and character. I don’t even know what the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, News

    Posted on May 21st, 2014

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    New Book, TTT Podcast and More

    New Book, TTT Podcast and More

    By Paul Tomkins.  Given the thrilling nature of the season, a couple of months ago we thought we’d invite all of our writers to help produce a book on the wonder that was 2013/14. (Just a shame City ruined the ending.) That book is now virtually complete, and will be a c.50:50 mix of the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 11th, 2014

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    Gerrard and Co., Hold Your Heads High

    Gerrard and Co., Hold Your Heads High

    By Paul Tomkins. There can have been fewer more pathetic sights in football than a plane flying over a stadium with a banner from rival supporters who weren’t even involved in that match. Talk about obsessed. After about eight flypasts, the prop plane disappeared, taking with it its bizarre comparison between Manchester United’s entire history [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 6th, 2014

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    We Are What We Are, Not What We Are Not

    We Are What We Are, Not What We Are Not

    By Paul Tomkins. Well, that was heartbreaking, head-wrecking, soul-destroying. In the aftermath of a late three-goal collapse, the Reds’ weaknesses were brutally exposed. But it’s easy to suggest that doing things differently was the right answer, because it’s always the right answer when things go wrong. Against Chelsea, Liverpool should have apparently played them at [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 27th, 2014

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    Title Hopes Dented, Not Destroyed

    Title Hopes Dented, Not Destroyed

    By Paul Tomkins. Expecting to win a 12th game in a row is perhaps the new definition of insanity. We had to wake up sooner or later, eh? Still, it’s quite nice to wake up and find ourselves still top of the table. Man City may now be favourites, but they have to win their [...]

  • 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 [...]

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