• By Paul Tomkins, Free

    Posted on March 1st, 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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on February 16th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Pod #11: Our Kids Will Have a Story

    TTT Pod #11: Our Kids Will Have a Story

    Including: Bob Pearce, Paul Tomkins, Daniel Rhodes and Dave Cronin. Topics: What should Liverpool’s priority be before the Besiktas match? Assessing each potential piece of silverware and our chances in the Premier League. Has this season been a success so far? What will be a successful season? The eleven match winning streak and the difference [...]

  • Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on February 9th, 2015

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    Rodgers Doesn’t Rate Sakho. Or Does He?

    Rodgers Doesn’t Rate Sakho. Or Does He?

    By Andrew Beasley (Beez). Data taken from Transfermarkt. Poor old Mamadou Sakho. Many a Liverpool fan will tell you that Rodgers doesn’t rate him, and that the manager has rarely if ever given him an opportunity to display his talents. Except that I don’t think that this is true. So I’ve taken a closer look [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • Featured, Free, FSG, In-Depth Analysis, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on February 2nd, 2015

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    The Transfer Price Index Podcast – Part Three

    The Transfer Price Index Podcast – Part Three

    Asking the questions: Bob Pearce and Daniel Rhodes. Guests: Paul Tomkins, Dan Kennett and Graeme Riley. Topics: Competitive balance, and how the league is being squeezed; the Premier League is not the “most competitive league in the world”; breaking up the oligopoly; how much of the total spending comes from the top eight teams in the league; the [...]

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

    Posted on January 22nd, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics #9: LFC vs CFC – 90min Tactical Analysis

    TTT Tactics #9: LFC vs CFC – 90min Tactical Analysis

    Including: Bob Pearce, Daniel Rhodes, Mihail Vladimirov and Sébastien Chapuis. Topics: Both teams’ starting approaches; LFC’s  balanced strategy, which was great to nullify CFC’s threat but not so great once a goal down; CFC’s approach – how they opted to defend and how this impacted their approach; What happened at 1-0 – LFC’s pretty passing but little penetration; [...]

  • Fan Initiatives, Featured, Free, LFC Finances

    Posted on January 21st, 2015

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    A Different Kind of Business Model

    A Different Kind of Business Model

    By TTT Subscriber Si Steers. Over the past 20 years football has changed beyond recognition. The very identity of the football today is very different; the game has moved with society. Football was always a working class game in the 70s and 80s – it was a release for many of the everyday drudgery of [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 14th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    The Transfer Price Index Podcast – Part Two

    The Transfer Price Index Podcast – Part Two

    Asking the questions: Bob Pearce and Daniel Rhodes Guests: Paul Tomkins, Dan Kennett and Graeme Riley Topics: a review of the previous episode; Premier League compound inflation; analysing various transfer myths, including the idea that spending vast amounts of individual transfer fees guarantees success. The TPI Coeffcient and what it tells us about the best [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on January 10th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics #8: Dilemmas, Whirlpools and Parked Buses

    TTT Tactics #8: Dilemmas, Whirlpools and Parked Buses

    Including: Bob Pearce, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Topics: Since Liverpool started using 3-4-2-1, we have seen contrasting performances against, such as Swansea and Leicester at home. In this podcast, we look at what worked: more options at the back when passing it out; brilliant movement from the front three; wing-backs who cause confusion for [...]

  • Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on January 4th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    “Put Your Medals on the Table”

    “Put Your Medals on the Table”

    By Dave Cronin. Something I’ve been thinking about… “Put your medals on the table.” How many times have we heard the cliché from smug BBC football pundits including our own Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson who also played for us. “Put your medals on the table.” For the class of Bob Paisley, this was considered [...]

  • 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, 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 [...]

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

    Posted on November 28th, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Summary: Ludogorets opted for their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, Liverpool started with a surprisingly defensive 4-4-1-1, with Gerrard moved forward to support Lambert. Because of the shape and personnel, the potential for tactical changes were rigid and limited. Marcelino was the playmaker in the home team’s side, looking to pick out the three [...]

  • Featured, Free, Liverpool FC - Books

    Posted on November 27th, 2014

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    Christmas Ideas: Round-up of Great Football Books

    Christmas Ideas: Round-up of Great Football Books

    By Paul Grech. Liverpool Themed Books The Anatomy of Liverpool: A History in Ten Matches by Jonathan Wilson I have to admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for Jonathan Wilson, having sought out and loved practically anything that he has written. There are few writers out there who can match him for his [...]

  • Featured, Free, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on November 26th, 2014

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    Ramblings of a Madman on 2014/15

    Ramblings of a Madman on 2014/15

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). The idea of this piece (written before the Palace match) is really to get things straight in my own head. After the magnificence of 13/14 and coming so close to winning the league, we have stumbled into something that resembles mediocrity. No, not resembles, is mediocrity. Slap bang in the [...]

  • Behind The Paywall, Chris Rowland, Featured, Free

    Posted on November 26th, 2014

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    Behind the Paywall (w/e 28th November 2014)

    Behind the Paywall (w/e 28th November 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 all day every day. So let’s have a look at a few brief highlights of the conversations that have been taking place this week on [...]

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

    Posted on November 26th, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Crystal Palace 3 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Crystal Palace 3 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Summary: Palace started with a higher defensive line, but with no pressing, trying to win the ball in the midfield third, as well as protect from being pinned back deep in their half. Because Liverpool started with the diamond, and dominated possession, whenever they lost the ball their two full-backs left them [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Podcast

    Posted on November 26th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics #5: Have We Bought Square Pegs?

    TTT Tactics #5: Have We Bought Square Pegs?

    Involved: Bob Pearce, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Topics: Why the central defence struggles: a lack of protection in front and behind them, leaving them in a constant sense of positional limbo. The attacking limitations of Moreno and Manquillo. The lack of coaching time available to Rodgers. What Emre Can’s best role? Lallana needing a free role [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on November 24th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    I Want Him To Do It Again

    I Want Him To Do It Again

    By Paul Little. I’ve only ever wanted one manager to be shown the door at Liverpool. And that manager was Roy Hodgson. Despite how others struggled, or flattered to deceive, Hodgson was the only one I wanted to go because he was the only one I didn’t want there in the first place. Not all [...]

  • Featured, Free, Match Discussion

    Posted on November 24th, 2014

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Champions League Preview 2014/15: Ludogorets (A)

    Champions League Preview 2014/15: Ludogorets (A)

    By Gary Fulcher and Mihail Vladimirov. The pressure on Brendan Rodgers was cranked up a notch following the 1-3 defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday – a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions – and with the Reds having picked up just three points from the previous four Champions League games this campaign, a victory [...]

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