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

    Posted on June 26th, 2015

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    Roberto Firmino – Much Cheaper Than You Think

    Roberto Firmino – Much Cheaper Than You Think

    By Paul Tomkins. Transfer prices increase all the time, not least when Sky suddenly pump billions more into the game (which viewers then have to stump up for). The idea that Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s 2nd-most expensive player ever, whilst technically true, ignores the massive impact of inflation. When inflation is taken into account, he [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on June 24th, 2015

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    Firmino, Sterling and Transfer Strategies

    Firmino, Sterling and Transfer Strategies

    By Paul Tomkins. Roberto Firmino, currently shining for Brazil at the Copa America, becomes the first “wow” signing of Liverpool’s summer, although his arrival completes a hand of five highly disparate June deals. He joins James Milner in arriving as an established international, but obviously cost a fairly high fee, whereas Milner was a free [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 12th, 2015

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    Sensible Summer or a Red Revolution?

    Sensible Summer or a Red Revolution?

    By Paul Tomkins. So far it seems like a sensible summer at Liverpool Football Club, at a time when a lot of fans seem more interested in revolution. Despite Brendan Rodgers retaining his job, there’s still an element of the night of the long knives about the events so far, with backroom sackings and other [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 4th, 2015

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    Is it the Right Decision to Keep Rodgers?

    Is it the Right Decision to Keep Rodgers?

    By Paul Tomkins. So, it seems that Brendan Rodgers gets to fight another day in the Liverpool dugout. I have no idea whether or not retaining his services is the right decision – I’m not a psychic – but I’m also pretty certain that it’s not the end of the world. On the one hand [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on June 4th, 2015

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    TTT Pod: Tactical Analysis in the Mainstream Media

    TTT Pod: Tactical Analysis in the Mainstream Media

    Host: Daniel Rhodes Guests: Mihail Vladimirov and Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) Topics:  Is Rodgers tactically flexible? How do we measure tactical flexibility? No need for stupidity Jamie Redknapp. The logistics behind the post match press conferences. How do other countries analyse the tactical side of the game? Should managers discuss tactics in greater detail? Where to [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on May 28th, 2015

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    Rodgers, and Extenuating Circumstances

    Rodgers, and Extenuating Circumstances

    By Paul Tomkins. Having spent the past few days undergoing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and even the brain-wiping treatment used in The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (complete with Kirsten Dunst dancing on my bed), I can still recall a vague sense of something really bad happening on a football pitch on Sunday. The numbers ‘6’ [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 24th, 2015

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    A Clusterfuck of a Campaign

    A Clusterfuck of a Campaign

    Paul Tomkins. I hate hyperbole. People have said that several performances this season – and particularly of late – have been “disgusting”, and various other emotive terms that I’ve felt were excessive. But the first half at Stoke was as sobering as anything I’ve seen. And by sobering I mean hideously embarrassing. Five-nil down for [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on May 24th, 2015

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    Pounds, Sterling and Dunces

    Pounds, Sterling and Dunces

    By Paul Tomkins. Raheem Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, is doing his level best to take the spotlight off the performance of anyone else connected to the club, bar his client. So in some ways a few people at Liverpool might welcome the distraction, even if it is in many ways somewhat unpalatable. I have some [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Podcast

    Posted on May 24th, 2015

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    Can a Manager Combine Coaching with Tactical Analysis?

    Can a Manager Combine Coaching with Tactical Analysis?

    Host: Daniel Rhodes Guests: Mihail Vladimirov and Stevie Grieve (@Stevie Grieve) Topics: the evolution of Stevie’s coaching career all over the world. Youth development in India, and how the current youngsters compare to Europe’s elite. What will the standout skill be in future Indian players? Can a manager, in a top European club, combine the [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 21st, 2015

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    The Holy Trinity of Player Recruitment

    The Holy Trinity of Player Recruitment

    By TTT Subscriber James Nalton. Football player recruitment has seen numerous advancements in recent years. The adoption of data analysis techniques, the Moneyball phenomenon and the introduction of tailored scouting software has all led to increased knowledge and understanding when it comes to investing in players. So why do so many professional clubs still get [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Free, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 18th, 2015

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    Steven Gerrard: The Best of An Era

    Steven Gerrard: The Best of An Era

    By Paul Tomkins. This is a greatly expanded version of a short article written for The Independent on Sunday. I was in what was my usual seat in Anfield’s Lower Centenary stand 17 years ago when Steven Gerrard made his debut as a late substitute. I don’t recall thinking much about it at the time, [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Podcast

    Posted on May 14th, 2015

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    TTT Main – Fuckwits: the Podcast

    TTT Main – Fuckwits: the Podcast

    Including: Daniel Rhodes, Paul Tomkins, Chris Rowland and Dave Cronin Topics: Who are the fuckwits? Am I a fuckwit? Does agreeing/accepting the Transfer Price Index, and the context that Liverpool find themselves, mean we are all happy with fifth? Why this season has been such a disappointment: the performances, the use of resources and the [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on May 12th, 2015

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    The Trauma of Liverpool F.C.

    The Trauma of Liverpool F.C.

    by TTT Subscriber Ben Feltham. “Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a form of fishing off the past From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, And recycling it for more than it’s worth” (Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s free to wear Sunscreen) I do that. I have a built-in filter [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on May 10th, 2015

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    Fuckwits II – The Return of the Fuckwits

    Fuckwits II – The Return of the Fuckwits

    By Paul Tomkins. Well, “Listen Up, Fuckwits” certainly put the rabid cats amongst the perfervid pigeons; feathers and fur everywhere, and a fair dose of faecal matter. It’s interesting that I only used the term fuckwits for people flying planes and creating nasty and personal “Rodgers Out” Twitter accounts (which tastelessly mock and insult him), [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on May 4th, 2015

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    Listen Up, Fuckwits

    Listen Up, Fuckwits

    By Paul Tomkins. Okay, so have I got your attention? Moaning about football fans on Twitter is often as pointless and interesting as moaning about the British weather. But every now and then I try to step outside of the oasis of calm that this website’s subscribers provide and see how the general LFC populous [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 1st, 2015

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    How do Guardiola and Rodgers use the 3-4-2-1?

    How do Guardiola and Rodgers use the 3-4-2-1?

    Host: Daniel Rhodes Guests: Mihail Vladimirov and Rene Maric (@ReneMaric) Topics: Do Bayern even have a formation, and is it easy to pin down? Is it possible to ‘work out’ a formation? A look at the defensive differences between Guardiola and Rodgers; also how do Liverpool and Bayern differ in their attacking fluidity within this [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Transfer Debate

    Posted on April 30th, 2015

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    This Is What Will Happen This Summer!

    This Is What Will Happen This Summer!

    By Paul Tomkins. Based on the law of averages, you will find that certain things happen more or less every summer, both in terms of transfers and squad evolution. And not all of them are good. While certain elements remain unpredictable, this very unpredictability is, in many ways, totally predictable. Mass clear-outs always seem like [...]

  • Exclusive, Featured, Free, Guest Writer

    Posted on April 15th, 2015

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    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    Although he lived in Glasgow and worked as a GP in Lanarkshire, Dr Phillips, 34, had been born and bred in Huyton, Merseyside. A devoted Liverpool supporter, he had achieved the Holy Grail of every fan by obtaining a season ticket for Anfield and travelled down religiously to see the Reds.

  • Featured, Free, FSG, Podcast

    Posted on April 8th, 2015

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    TTT #14: The Bigger Picture and Relative Success

    TTT #14: The Bigger Picture and Relative Success

    Including: Daniel Rhodes, Dan Kennett, Krishen Bhautoo (@krishaldo21) and Anthony Stanley (@AstanleyAnthony). Topics: What constitutes “success” for Liverpool in the modern era? Is this season a success if Liverpool win the FA Cup but miss Top 4? How big a failure is no top 4 and no trophy? Can “on the pitch” success happen without [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 6th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    By Paul Tomkins. Last night’s piece, “We’re All Gonna Die!” provoked a lot of debate, much of which took place on Twitter. There were a lot of interesting comments, plus the usual complaints. (And of course, the usual excellent discussions in the comments on this site.) I figured it’d be easier to write a (fairly) [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on April 5th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Die!

    We’re All Gonna Die!

    By Paul Tomkins. In order to let in some light, let’s first study the darkness. The one thing that’s undeniably definite in life is also the thing we most stridently ignore: death. We distort reality in order to avoid facing that grim conclusion; facing our grim conclusion. We tell each other that life should be [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

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    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    By Paul Tomkins. Note: this was originally a draft version of the Introduction for the follow-up to Pay As You Play. In the end, due to other commitments, we’ve shelved the project, and will use the 2015 content for TTT and the TPI blog instead, and maybe look to do a book at some point [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

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    Pressing, Lallana and the Future of Tactical Analysis

    Pressing, Lallana and the Future of Tactical Analysis

    Including: Daniel Rhodes, Mihail Vladimirov and Leroy Mah (@LFCImpulse) Topics: The lack of tactical pressing by Liverpool under Rodgers, how this contrasts with perceptions about the Reds, and why the players’ individual attributes drive any pressing, rather than any coordinated plan. Which teams press well around Europe? Ruling out the issue of fatigue, especially over [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 31st, 2015

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    Fixing the Club v Country Debate

    Fixing the Club v Country Debate

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). As we know only too well, Daniel Sturridge got injured whilst on international duty. It wasn’t from an innocuous challenge, nor by an awkward fall, but during training. After a friendly match. A training session that he wasn’t even supposed to be involved in if Mr Hodgson and co [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on March 25th, 2015

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    TTT Pod #13: Who Wants to Talk About Sunday?

    TTT Pod #13: Who Wants to Talk About Sunday?

    Involved: Chris Rowland, Daniel Rhodes, Damien Parsonage (@damienpar), Simon Steers (@sisteers). Topics: Anyone want to talk about Sunday? The optimistic build-up. Swapping Sturridge for Sterling up front. Although the Red Devils dominated most areas of the match, they still created very little. The huge gaps in the middle of the field. A lack of pressing recently. Nullifying [...]

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