• By Paul Tomkins, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on May 4th, 2015

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    Listen Up, Fuckwits

    Listen Up, Fuckwits

    By Paul Tomkins. Okay, so have I got your attention? Moaning about football fans on Twitter is often as pointless and interesting as moaning about the British weather. But every now and then I try to step outside of the oasis of calm that this website’s subscribers provide and see how the general LFC populous [...]

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

    Posted on April 30th, 2015

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    This Is What Will Happen This Summer!

    This Is What Will Happen This Summer!

    By Paul Tomkins. Based on the law of averages, you will find that certain things happen more or less every summer, both in terms of transfers and squad evolution. And not all of them are good. While certain elements remain unpredictable, this very unpredictability is, in many ways, totally predictable. Mass clear-outs always seem like [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 19th, 2015

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    Warning: Season Ends Here

    Warning: Season Ends Here

    By Paul Tomkins. I’ve defended Brendan Rodgers all season, and believe that, as things stand, a 2nd-place finish followed by 5th with two cup semi-finals reached is actually above par for Liverpool, based on all the important financial measurements (which are a better judge than a club’s history). However, certain aspects of this season have [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 17th, 2015

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    What Can Liverpool Do To Overachieve?

    What Can Liverpool Do To Overachieve?

    By Paul Tomkins. Last week I wrote two articles about the challenges Liverpool face, and the apparent catch-22 of a team that ranks 5th in all the important financial measures struggling to gain a long-term foothold in the top four, which financially rewards the existing top four and adds to their cachet when attracting players. [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 6th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    By Paul Tomkins. Last night’s piece, “We’re All Gonna Die!” provoked a lot of debate, much of which took place on Twitter. There were a lot of interesting comments, plus the usual complaints. (And of course, the usual excellent discussions in the comments on this site.) I figured it’d be easier to write a (fairly) [...]

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

    Posted on April 5th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Die!

    We’re All Gonna Die!

    By Paul Tomkins. In order to let in some light, let’s first study the darkness. The one thing that’s undeniably definite in life is also the thing we most stridently ignore: death. We distort reality in order to avoid facing that grim conclusion; facing our grim conclusion. We tell each other that life should be [...]

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

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

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    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    By Paul Tomkins. Note: this was originally a draft version of the Introduction for the follow-up to Pay As You Play. In the end, due to other commitments, we’ve shelved the project, and will use the 2015 content for TTT and the TPI blog instead, and maybe look to do a book at some point [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 1st, 2015

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    The LFC Team That Would Have Won the Title

    The LFC Team That Would Have Won the Title

    By Paul Tomkins. Last weekend’s charity game, while essentially meaningless in sporting terms, provided a fascinating glimpse into what might have been. The beauty of ‘what might have beens’ is that you can never disprove your belief; the downside is that you can never prove them to be true, either. My sense is that between [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015

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    Great Players, Big Problems

    Great Players, Big Problems

    By Paul Tomkins Having recently written that Liverpool’s future looks very bright, I feel it’s important to not overreact to what is always a galling defeat when it happens. A calm head seems especially necessary after 10 wins and three draws in the previous 13 league games. Once you’ve gone on a 13-game unbeaten run [...]

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

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015

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    Better to be a Drogba than an Owen?

    Better to be a Drogba than an Owen?

    By Paul Tomkins and Robert Radburn. The following is something I wrote with my long-time collaborator Robert Radburn (we co-authored a ZX Spectrum game together while at school, but please don’t tell anybody). It takes my recent work on the scoring rates of strikers and expands it, with the addition of various interactive Tableau infographics. [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on March 17th, 2015

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    Can Liverpool Usurp Man City?

    Can Liverpool Usurp Man City?

    By Paul Tomkins Another away clean sheet, and another victory. The manager – a fraud, apparently – who couldn’t organise a defence has equalled the club record for the consecutive away clean sheets, and the goal was scored by the player who can’t run properly, and who was never going to be good enough. The [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on March 11th, 2015

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    Why Some Fans Will Never Like Rodgers

    Why Some Fans Will Never Like Rodgers

    By Paul Tomkins Fans divided on a Liverpool manager? Deja Vu… In my youthful naïveté I used to imagine that everyone loved triple-European Cup winner Bob Paisley. I assumed treble-winner Joe Fagan was universally rated. And I guessed that three-time title-winning boss Kenny Dalglish had unflinching support from the fans. Maybe they all did. Winning [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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    Now You’re Gonna Believe Us?

    Now You’re Gonna Believe Us?

    By Paul Tomkins Okay, so Liverpool won’t win the league, and probably won’t finish in the top two. But they have been the best team in England in 2015. On top of a league run that reads eight wins and three draws (DWWDWWWDWWW), they’ve progressed in the FA Cup and were very unlucky to lose [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Personal Thoughts

    Posted on February 24th, 2015

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    The Madness and Depression of Football Fans

    The Madness and Depression of Football Fans

    By Paul Tomkins. This is an article that is nominally about football, but is just as much about the pressures of modern life and the plight of men (in particular, but not exclusively). This is both a very personal account and an observation of how others behave. It is about being a football fan, but [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015

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    The Flaw of Young Keepers and Old Strikers

    The Flaw of Young Keepers and Old Strikers

    By Paul Tomkins The plan for 2015 at TTT Towers was to produce a second Transfer Price Index book (with the help of analysts unconnected to the site, who live in data dungeons), but it was perhaps one project too far for me and a couple of others involved. However, the work already prepared for [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on February 18th, 2015

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    What Are Rodgers’ Achievements With Liverpool?

    What Are Rodgers’ Achievements With Liverpool?

    By Paul Tomkins About 18 months ago I was still arguing the point that Brendan Rodgers hadn’t proved himself a winner, and that his achievements in football up to late 2013 – mainly getting Swansea promoted and taking them to 11th playing possession-based football – were admirable, but not necessarily what Liverpool were in need [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on February 13th, 2015

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    Liverpool’s Best Young Players Ever?

    Liverpool’s Best Young Players Ever?

    By Paul Tomkins. Much was made of Spurs’ young side last night but Liverpool’s, even with Steven Gerrard in midfield, and Raheem Sterling out injured, was virtually as young. Both line-ups averaged around the age of 24. These were two skilful, high-energy sides. A couple of years ago I gave up religiously watching Liverpool’s youth [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on February 5th, 2015

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    I’m Not Talking To You!

    I’m Not Talking To You!

    By Paul Tomkins. Someone totally unfamiliar comes up to you in the street. He knows you, but you have no idea about him. He seems to be referring to something you once said – although it may not be clear what that was – and opens with “that’s bollocks”, or “that’s rubbish”. He sounds rude. [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on February 2nd, 2015

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    Liverpool – A Better ‘Team’ Than Last Season

    Liverpool – A Better ‘Team’ Than Last Season

    By Paul Tomkins. When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez and reinvested the money in players across several positions, I believed that it could result in the Reds becoming a better side. That didn’t happen; initially, at least. Indeed, after a near-perfect performance at White Hart Lane before the autumn set it, Liverpool spent the next few [...]

  • 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 [...]

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