• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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