• 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 Time

    Posted on October 17th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Burnout, Blame and At Last a Game of Football

    Burnout, Blame and At Last a Game of Football

    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, 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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Player In Focus, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on October 12th, 2014

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    V.V. for Victory? Will Valdes Help LFC?

    V.V. for Victory? Will Valdes Help LFC?

    By Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) There has been increasing speculation that Liverpool will soon sign free agent Victor Valdes (although there have been reports that he has refused a four-day fitness trial). Already the debates have started amongst Liverpool fans. Some are hailing him as the silver bullet to solve all our problems, some think it’s [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 10th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Tomkins on Balotelli, Valdes and Gerrard (and More)

    Tomkins on Balotelli, Valdes and Gerrard (and More)

    By Paul Tomkins. Legal notice: At no point was I literally on any of these players. QA&, with questions posed by www.wegoagain1892.com. (This is for TTT Subscribers only until Monday, when it will appear on We Go Again 1892.)

  • Book Reviews, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 10th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Book Review: Il-Re Calcio by Paul Grech

    Book Review: Il-Re Calcio by Paul Grech

    Il-Re Calcio – Stories from Italian Football by Paul Grech Il-Re Calcio means football is king. Football reigns over many other sports across the world. During the World Cup, football rules over governments and countries, regardless of geography. Football is the hierarchical dictator of sport, and with its current governing bodies, reflects everything that is [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on October 10th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Fabio and Marco, Keano and Old Father Time

    Fabio and Marco, Keano and Old Father Time

    Welcome to today’s newly titled 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, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    WBA: “I’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better”

    WBA: “I’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better”

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). It’s a crisp, sunny afternoon as we make our way to the King Harry to collect our match tickets.  It feels more like mid-August than October, which is apt really – maybe it’s just me, on a rare jaunt to Anfield – but there seems to be a renewed [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 7th, 2014

    Written by Si Steers

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    Reinvention: Time as Important as Money

    Reinvention: Time as Important as Money

    By Si Steers. In the post-apocalyptic world of Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool, there was always going to be a period of reinvention required. The blueprint that took us so close to the title was heavily reliant on the speed of Sturridge and the unpredictability of Suarez. Without both players the team dynamic has had to [...]

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

    Posted on October 7th, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 2 West Brom 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 West Brom 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Summary: Liverpool switch from 4-2-1-3 to 4-1-2-3. West Brom stick with 4-2-3-1. Early pressing and fluidity in attack from the home side, WBA sit deep in a 4-4-1-1. WBA push higher up the field and restrict Mignolet’s options, Liverpool struggle. The Baggies then stretch the play with Sessegnon and Berahino working the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 5th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Panic Over. Hard Work Ahead

    Panic Over. Hard Work Ahead

    By Paul Tomkins. At 1-1, minutes after Dejan Lovren’s bone-headed tackle (which was outside the box), Liverpool’s season looked to be spiralling into a tailspin. Two home league draws in just over a week, and an away defeat to Basel on Wednesday, would have destroyed all confidence. It’s not that the Reds are having a [...]

  • Featured, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 5th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Post-Match Analysis: West Brom (H)

    Post-Match Analysis: West Brom (H)

    By Daniel Rhodes. 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 [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 3rd, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 2.

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 2.

     By Bob Pearce. In part one I matched each player and each team role against a table of 30 physical, mental and technical elements. I then used a scoring system to match these player profiles against the role requirements to get a Player/Role Requirements Rating (P/RRR). To help remove some of the ‘noise’ from the [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 2nd, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Premier League Preview 2014/15: W.B.A. (H)

    Premier League Preview 2014/15: W.B.A. (H)

    By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes, Mihail  Vladimirov and Krishen Bhautoo. Liverpool’s poor start to the Premier League season continued with the 1-1 draw against Everton at Anfield on Saturday. That result leaves the Reds in 13th place having picked up seven points from the first six games. Alan Irvine’s West Bromwich Albion are the next [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 1st, 2014

    Written by Tony Mckenna (Macattack)

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    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 2)

    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 2)

    By Tony Mckenna (TTT Subscriber Macattack). In Part 1  Tony looked at the search for a winning formula in football. Today he explores the chance occurrences that can lead to success.  “Reality is a very subjective affair… you can get nearer and nearer, so to speak, to reality; but you can never get near enough because [...]

  • Featured, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 30th, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Champions League Preview 2014/15: FC Basel (A)

    Champions League Preview 2014/15: FC Basel (A)

    By Gary Fulcher. Matchday two of the Champions League sees Liverpool travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park on Wednesday evening, 7.45pm kick off UK time. Basel suffered a heavy 1-5 defeat against Real Madrid in their opening group game, while Liverpool labored to a 2-1 victory against Ludogorets Razgrad, taking all [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Encouraging Signs Amidst the Concerns

    Encouraging Signs Amidst the Concerns

    By Paul Tomkins. Last week I wrote that Liverpool don’t do draws. And after a year without a 1-0 win, and leading Everton by that very scoreline with just seconds left, something had to give. It turns out that Liverpool do do draws, but they still don’t do 1-0 wins. (That sentence was in danger [...]

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

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 1 Everton 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 1 Everton 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Main Points: The frenetic opening Both teams’ similar defensive strength and attacking frailties Naismith deeper, Everton’s midfield diamond Hibbert and McCarthy nullify Sterling on the right Gerrard and Henderson in the double pivot Martinez’s passive in-game substitutions Post-match thoughts Team selections and formations With Sturridge unsurprisingly not risked in this game and [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Anthony’s View of the Match – Everton (H)

    Anthony’s View of the Match – Everton (H)

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). The clichéd draw that felt like a defeat, but strangely, I’m not too despondent. In fact, I’m encouraged. To delve into another cliché, it was only ever going to be a strike of a lifetime that could rescue a point for the Blues. We looked completely in control – [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, TTT Time

    Posted on September 26th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    TTT Time, 26th September 2014

    TTT Time, 26th September 2014

    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, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 24th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 1

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 1

    By Bob Pearce. I have previously talked about the idea of an elements model. This had 30 elements grouped into Physical elements (e.g. Strength, Speed, Height, etc.), Mental elements (e.g. Concentration, Vision, Patience, etc.), and Technical elements (e.g. Tackling, Close Ball Control, Accurate Long Passing, etc.) that could be grouped together in a huge variety [...]

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