• Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on October 30th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sturridge to Suarez, Mario to Rio, Bale to Savage…

    Sturridge to Suarez, Mario to Rio, Bale to Savage…

    Welcome to today’s daily digest, listing the day’s Liverpool FC news, the latest LFC transfer news, other major football news and also providing links to the best posts on the site’s debate section and the most active debate threads during the day. This article is for Subscribers only.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 30th, 2014

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    10 Reasons Why LFC Are Struggling

    10 Reasons Why LFC Are Struggling

    By Paul Tomkins. Things are rarely as simple as they seem. And yet, over the weekend, I had people telling me they knew exactly what was going wrong at Liverpool. And it was often just one thing. (I was told I was ‘naive’ to think that it’s any more complex than that, by the archetypal [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 30th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics #3: Rodgers is the Problem & the Solution

    TTT Tactics #3: Rodgers is the Problem & the Solution

    Title: Rodgers is the problem; Rodgers can be the solution. Bob Pearce, Mihail Vladimirov, Daniel Rhodes and Sami Faizullah (@SamiFaizullah) (from football tactics website ‘Outside of the Boot’.) Topics:  Balotelli: does he cause any problems? The need for complimentary movement and midfield runners, as well a second striker, to get the best out of him. [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 27th, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Capital One Cup 4th Round Preview: Swansea (H)

    Capital One Cup 4th Round Preview: Swansea (H)

    By Gary Fulcher. The winners of this competition in 2012 (Liverpool) and 2013 (Swansea) meet in the 4th round on Tuesday evening – 8pm kick off UK time – in what will be just the third meeting between the two sides in this tournament. Swansea reached this stage by overcoming Rotherham Utd 1-0 at the [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 27th, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 0 Hull 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 0 Hull 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Liverpool switch from 4-diamond-2 to 4-1-2-3, Hull used their usual 3-1-4-2 formation Hull’s cautious approach and selective and very well-timed pressing Hull well prepared to nullify the threat of Sterling playing off the flank Sterling effectively man-marked out of the game by Brady Liverpool’s passing tempo slow and lacking in drive [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 27th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Last Word – Hull City (h)

    The Last Word – Hull City (h)

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). He’s a natural scapegoat, a handily placed magnet for criticism. The lightning rod for the team’s travails. But Mario Balotelli was far from the sole reason that this game ended goalless. According to the media, both social and mainstream, Rodgers has made a monumental mistake in signing the Italian [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on October 27th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Clean Sheets, Sturridge and The Return of Cecil

    Clean Sheets, Sturridge and The Return of Cecil

    Welcome to today’s daily digest, listing the day’s Liverpool FC news, the latest LFC transfer news, other major football news and also providing links to the best posts on the site’s debate section and the most active debate threads during the day. This article is for Subscribers only.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 26th, 2014

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    Balotelli the Escaped Goat

    Balotelli the Escaped Goat

    By Paul Tomkins. When the move for Mario Balotelli was mooted in the summer I wrote a piece saying the club should avoid him like the plague. So I might be forgiven if I started crowing that I was right, and drawing your attention to said piece. Instead I’ve been running a gamut of abuse [...]

  • Featured, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 26th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Post-Match Analysis: Hull City (H)

    Post-Match Analysis: Hull City (H)

    Rather than have a stand-alone article focusing purely on the stats from each match of the Premier League season, this campaign we will broaden the focus of the post-match analysis and provide more useful and relevant information – usually by request after the game in the match thread – for subscribers. This article is for [...]

  • Behind The Paywall, Featured, Free, Official Site Preview, Site News

    Posted on October 24th, 2014

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    Behind the Paywall (w/e 24th October 2014)

    Behind the Paywall (w/e 24th October 2014)

    By Chris Rowland. A lot of the best content on TTT is what no one outside of the subscriber-base gets to see. There’s a whole world of brilliant debate going on 24-7-365 (24-7-366 in Leap Years). We’ve decided to give you a weekly taste – a few brief highlights – of the debate that goes [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014

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    Liverpool FC, and the Faults in Our Stars

    Liverpool FC, and the Faults in Our Stars

    By Paul Tomkins. Last season, in winning 26 league games, Liverpool maximised their strengths, and exceeded the sum of their parts. This season, the Reds are seeing their weaknesses exploited, and have played really well on only one occasion (at Spurs). Good fortune leaves Rodgers’ team in 5th place in the league, and effectively joint-second [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Premier League Preview 2014/15: Hull City (H)

    Premier League Preview 2014/15: Hull City (H)

     By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes, Mihail Vladimirov and Krishen Bhautoo. Liverpool will be hoping to make it three Premier League wins in a row when we host Hull City on Saturday afternoon; 3pm kick off UK time. With 4th placed West Ham playing at home to Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime, victory for the Reds [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Post Match Analysis, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Summary – Ancelotti started with a formation that looked like a hybrid between the 4-2-2-2 and 4-1-2-3 – Rodgers switched to the diamond formation with Coutinho at the tip and Sterling up front with Balotelli. – Liverpool started brightly with Sterling looking to get in behind, and Balotelli dragging Varane from his [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Why Is It Always Him?

    Why Is It Always Him?

    Welcome to today’s daily digest, listing the day’s Liverpool FC news, the latest LFC transfer news, other major football news and also providing links to the best posts on the site’s debate section and the most active debate threads during the day. And not for the first time, Mario Balotelli is grabbing the headlines – [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 22nd, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Champions League Preview 2014/15: Real Madrid (H)

    Champions League Preview 2014/15: Real Madrid (H)

    By Gary Fulcher and Mihail Vladimirov. Two giants of European football with 15 European Cups between them meet on Wednesday evening, when holders and ten times winners Real Madrid travel to Anfield – 7.45pm kick off UK time – in what will be just the fourth meeting between the two sides in this competition. Liverpool have [...]

  • Featured, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    QPR (a) – Embrace the Anarchy

    QPR (a) – Embrace the Anarchy

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). We’ve been here before. Yes we have. Don’t argue, don’t list the negatives (of which there were many), don’t moan, forget Enrique’s demonstrable lack of grey matter on a pitch, overlook apparently sulking strikers, and don’t dwell on defensive lines dropping too deep. Because you’ve been here before so [...]

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

    Posted on October 21st, 2014

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    This Shit Is Getting Real … Must Win!

    This Shit Is Getting Real … Must Win!

    By Paul Tomkins. Yes, the must-win games are coming thick and fast. Including the Champions League matches, there must be 40 must-win games left. Suddenly you realise why being a football fan is so exhausting. Indeed, simply watching Liverpool since April has been hard going. You end the match feeling a nervous wreck. As the [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on October 21st, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Seven

    TTT Podcast: Episode Seven

    Title:   Schoolboy Defending, Lying Hodgson and the Balotelli Blame Game Including: Bob, Dan R, Chris R and Paul T. Topics:  Hodgson and Sterling: science, trust and lies. Balotelli: who is to blame, what’s his style and how much is he disrupting the team. Defence: no leader, basic schoolboy errors, and a system that ruins [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on October 19th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    We Must Do Better

    We Must Do Better

    Welcome to today’s daily digest, listing the day’s Liverpool FC news, the latest LFC transfer news, other major football news and also providing links to the best posts on the site’s debate section and the most active debate threads during the day. This article is for Subscribers only.

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 18th, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Premier League Preview 2014/15: Q.P.R. (A)

    Premier League Preview 2014/15: Q.P.R. (A)

    By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Two weeks have passed since Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, and the trip to Loftus Road to face ‘Arry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers on Sunday – 1.30pm kick off UK time – begins a sequence of seven games [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 18th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics #2: “More Often Than Not”

    TTT Tactics #2: “More Often Than Not”

    Including: Bob Pearce, Mihail Vladimirov and Daniel Rhodes Topics:  Recurring tactical issues: midfield fluidity; the broken team; Gerrard and Lucas, Gerrard and Henderson or Gerrard and Lovren playing the same role. Coutinho’s preferred role. In-game tactical management: case study – West Ham away and the wrong change after 20 minutes. Benchmarking tactical success: is it [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Symposium

    Posted on October 16th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    What Do You Expect From Our Next 4 League Games?

    What Do You Expect From Our Next 4 League Games?

    By Chris Rowland. Four league games stand between now and the next – shudder – international break. Not to mention the little matter of two games against Real Madrid and a League Cup game against Swansea. We asked our Symposium panel what they expected from those league games: Dave Cronin: It’s hard to know what to [...]

  • Featured, Site News

    Posted on October 15th, 2014

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    Why Subscribe to The Tomkins Times?

    Why Subscribe to The Tomkins Times?

    By Paul Tomkins. “I’m not fucking paying for that” is probably the most common response I encounter on Twitter. “You charge to read a blog? Fuck off!” ranks second. And while “You speccy egg” has only been said once, as a bald man with glasses I reluctantly accept this point. If I have to justify [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 15th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 3.

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 3.

    By Bob Pearce. Jordan Henderson: ’My first, my last, my everything’ In part 2 it was shown that all four formations that Rodgers can be expected to use this season had a standard foundation of a back four and a Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP). The decision on who, from the limited options of Allen (75), Henderson (75) or [...]

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

    Posted on October 13th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Roy Hodgson, The Ex Who Won’t Go Away

    Roy Hodgson, The Ex Who Won’t Go Away

    By Paul Tomkins. After a bad breakup, you really don’t want to keep running into your ex. And following a particularly messy divorce, where the other party seemed slightly unhinged, it’s hard to entrust your little ‘uns to them for the week. Right now, Roy Hodgson seems to be dropping the baby, as well as [...]

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