• By Paul Tomkins, Free, Interactive

    Posted on August 31st, 2014

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    Liverpool: a Better Team than Last Season

    Liverpool: a Better Team than Last Season

    By Paul Tomkins. Three tough fixtures, all against last season’s top eight, and with two of them away to top six sides (including champions City) … and six points racked up. If Southampton weren’t quite as good on paper as last season, Spurs were better. So to be where the Reds are right now is [...]

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

    Posted on August 29th, 2014

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    Brits or Foreigners: Who Are Better Buys?

    Brits or Foreigners: Who Are Better Buys?

    By Paul Tomkins. A couple of years ago, with the aid of Graeme Riley’s immense database, I devised the Transfer Price Index Coefficient (TPIC), as a means of measuring transfer success rates. Our work together with TPI – which converts all transfer fees to “current day money” with an index-based inflation model – led to [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on August 26th, 2014

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    A ‘Thrashing’ by Fine Margins

    A ‘Thrashing’ by Fine Margins

    By Paul Tomkins. Perhaps it’s my eyes, but last night I didn’t witness a game in which Liverpool were totally destroyed by Manchester City, but instead saw a generally tight contest – bar a period of City domination in the second half – where the Reds had a number of good opportunities. Once in on [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014

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    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    By Paul Tomkins. Wow, I genuinely didn’t see this coming. The first word I associate with Mario Balotelli is bargepole. As in, don’t go near him with one. That said, £16m for his talent is a steal. But why are AC Milan letting him go quite so cheaply? Once penalties are excluded he has a [...]

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

    Posted on August 19th, 2014

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    The Dumbness of Pundits

    The Dumbness of Pundits

    By Paul Tomkins. First things first, it’s never good to read too much into the opening game. It’s a cliché because it’s true. Everyone is at different fitness levels, especially after a World Cup, and you’ll see more debuts than on any other match day. Some players take longer to find their groove. Everyone is [...]

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

    Posted on August 12th, 2014

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    There’s More to Come From Rodgers’ Reds

    There’s More to Come From Rodgers’ Reds

    By Paul Tomkins. It’s hard to know what to make of the impending season, with predictions seeming harder than ever. Between 2005 and 2010 you pretty much knew who would comprise the top four, with managerial stability at every big club bar Chelsea, and they had by far the most money. It now seems more [...]

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

    Posted on August 3rd, 2014

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    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    By Paul Tomkins. First of all, let me state that, beyond the tense rivalries of recent years, I harbour no grudge with Chelsea Football Club per se. Let me be clear: I am fully aware that it could just as easily have been Liverpool FC that Roman Abramovich purchased in 2003, and then, like any [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on August 2nd, 2014

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    Beware/Rejoice! New Season Ahead

    Beware/Rejoice! New Season Ahead

    By Paul Tomkins. A couple of websites recently emailed me some Q&As about the upcoming season. Before they publish them, TTT Subscribers can read my responses below.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

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    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    By Paul Tomkins. A lot has been made of Liverpool signing unremarkable players from unremarkable clubs this summer, having sold their most remarkable player to the world’s most remarkable club (of recent years). There’s no doubt that Liverpool’s squad is stronger (on paper), but is the first XI? Buying exceptional players also improves the squad, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Site News

    Posted on July 29th, 2014

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    Site News: Total TTT Revamp

    Site News: Total TTT Revamp

    By Paul Tomkins. This autumn will be TTT’s 5th birthday, and we have had the same basic design since launching in 2009 (bar a shiny new banner a couple of years back). It’s time to give the site a major overhaul, to improve things from top to bottom. First of all, the site will be [...]

  • 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 [...]

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