• 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. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, 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 [...]

  • Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Tony Mckenna (Macattack)

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    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 1)

    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 1)

    By Tony McKenna (TTT Subscriber Macattack). This summer it allowed ITKs (In The Knows) to correctly predict 50,000 of the top 10 transfers that actually occurred…when three football matches flapped their wings in Africa it caused a perfect storm in North East England…it proved that not all injuries are necessarily a bad thing…even though it [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 24th, 2014

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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 [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on September 24th, 2014

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    Why Is Liverpool’s Season Disintegrating?

    Why Is Liverpool’s Season Disintegrating?

    By Paul Tomkins. Liverpool’s results have been mixed this season, but perhaps the biggest worry has been the nature of the performances. The game at Spurs allowed me to dream that last season’s miracle could be carried over to this, and it looked like the Reds actually had a better XI. But the other four [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on September 24th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast Episode 6: Back to the Future

    TTT Podcast Episode 6: Back to the Future

    Including: Bob, Chris, Dan R and Dave Cronin. Topics: review of the first five games, have any trends emerged? Results versus performance; recalibrating expectations and should we have a set of minimum standards? The change in the style of play, and is that a personnel issue or a deliberate change of tactics; the lack of [...]

  • Free, In-Depth Analysis, Podcast, Talking Tactics

    Posted on September 18th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Tactics: Episode One

    TTT Tactics: Episode One

    Including: Bob Pearce, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Topics: Henderson, and why, tactically, he was missed so much at the end of last season; why tactical balance isn’t quite what you think it is; the perfect tactical team and how Van Gaal is doing at Manchester United.

  • Fan Initiatives, Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 17th, 2014

    Written by Krishaldo

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    View From the Other Side: Season Preview

    View From the Other Side: Season Preview

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). To get a grasp of the feelings other teams have about the season ahead and how they did in the transfer window, I emailed two or three forums from each Premier League side to ask their opinions. A slightly underwhelming response in general, but huge thanks to those who [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 15th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Anthony’s Armchair Review – Villa (H)

    Anthony’s Armchair Review – Villa (H)

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT subscriber Dannyluke10). Bad day at the office. One of those nights. It’s just not happening for them. Rinse and repeat ad nauseam. The sound bites are as predictable as they are hackneyed. And as ever with the facile observations of the mainstream media, they are nonsense. As far back as I can remember, I have looked [...]

  • Featured, Free, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on September 10th, 2014

    Written by Graeme Riley

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    TPI & Transfers – Early Season Update 2014-15

    TPI & Transfers – Early Season Update 2014-15

    By Graeme Riley. As the transfer window closed in early September it was possible to draw the first conclusions about what could be expected for the season based on TPI (Transfer Price Index ©). All figures below are based on current values, so the the latest inflation figures have been applied (using the inflation index [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on September 10th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    TTT Podcast Episode 5 – Getting Back to Business

    TTT Podcast Episode 5 – Getting Back to Business

    Bob Pearce (host), Joe Pepper, Paul Tomkins and Mihail Vladimirov. What is Hodgson’s secret power? What have we learned from Chris Davies’ insights on opposition analysis? What are the themes of the summer transfer window? Who are Ludogorets, and what can we expect from them? Does the Champions League have an identity crisis? And where [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Tactics

    Posted on September 5th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Interview with LFC’s Head of Opposition Analysis

    Interview with LFC’s Head of Opposition Analysis

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. When the team sheet is announced an hour before kick-off we can’t stop ourselves asking so many questions. Why has the manager chosen this eleven? Why has he not chosen that player today? How will the team set up? What plan does he have in mind? It would be [...]

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

    Posted on September 3rd, 2014

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Spurs 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Spurs 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov After having to rotate his squad for the Europa League qualifier on Thursday, Pochettino unsurprisingly opted to keep the same XI that thrashed QPR last week. The formation remained the same 4-2-1-3 with Lamela (right) and Chadli (left) flanking Eriksen in behind the lone striker Adebayor. For Liverpool, Rodgers continued to vary [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Interactive

    Posted on August 31st, 2014

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    Liverpool: a Better Team than Last Season

    Liverpool: a Better Team than Last Season

    By Paul Tomkins. Three tough fixtures, all against last season’s top eight, and with two of them away to top six sides (including champions City) … and six points racked up. If Southampton weren’t quite as good on paper as last season, Spurs were better. So to be where the Reds are right now is [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on August 28th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    I’ve Seen the Future of Football …

    I’ve Seen the Future of Football …

    By TTT Subscriber and podcast host Bob Pearce. “Success for us is a moving target – we’ve got to keep moving, keep stretching ourselves.” Brendan Rodgers In a constantly changing environment, where competitors are evolving, catching up and even surpassing you, every advantage is sought out, extracted and exploited in an attempt to first survive, [...]

  • Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on August 27th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Mario Balotelli, by the Coach Who Discovered Him

    Mario Balotelli, by the Coach Who Discovered Him

    By TTT Subscriber Paul Grech. When the Gazzetta dello Sport came to sum up Mario Balotelli’s time at AC Milan, it did so by counting the number of times he had been in the news coming up with the now infamous ‘788 headlines in 568 days’. It didn’t specify how many of those headlines were [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on August 27th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Four

    TTT Podcast: Episode Four

    The next episode of The Tomkins Times’ Podcast has been recorded. Again, a huge thanks to everyone involved. A return to four at the back. We had technical issues with Pamela. Mihail did a little tweaking to solve the problems. I make a brief five second cameo at the start (even though I’m not on [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014

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    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    By Paul Tomkins. Wow, I genuinely didn’t see this coming. The first word I associate with Mario Balotelli is bargepole. As in, don’t go near him with one. That said, £16m for his talent is a steal. But why are AC Milan letting him go quite so cheaply? Once penalties are excluded he has a [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 15th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Season Preview Part 3

    Season Preview Part 3

    By Anthony Stanley (Dannyluke10), Alexander Papas (Yiannis), Paul Grech, Si Steers and Barry Meehan (Bazmeen). We asked several of TTT’s writers, contributors and top posters to dust off their crystal balls and give their thoughts on a number of questions about the coming season. This is the third instalment of their responses. Who will be [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 14th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Season Preview Part 2

    Season Preview Part 2

    By Dan Kennett, James Keen (jimtheoracle), Jon Rushton, Shaul Mitelpunkt (Serpico), Alun Evans (FirePhoenix23) and Daniel Rhodes. We asked several of TTT’s writers, contributors and top posters to dust off their crystal balls and give their thoughts on a number of questions about the coming season. This is the second instalment of their responses. Who [...]

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