• 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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

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