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

    Posted on August 2nd, 2015

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    Liverpool FC’s Big Experiment – A Season Preview

    Liverpool FC’s Big Experiment – A Season Preview

    By Paul Tomkins. In this in-depth article, which is a kind of 2015/16 preview, I will look to answer some of the following questions: • Can you buy too many players in a short space of time? Can a team be too ‘new’? Is player turnover too high at Anfield right now? • Liverpool appear [...]

  • Featured, Free, FSG, LFC Finances

    Posted on July 30th, 2015

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    FSG’s Future With Liverpool FC?

    FSG’s Future With Liverpool FC?

    By TTT Subscriber Si Steers. When FSG acquired Liverpool FC in 2010, they made a commitment to build a sustainable future. Unlike Hicks and Gillett, or the Glazers at United, they would not take any money the club made out of the club. They would grow revenues so that the club would become self-sustaining. They [...]

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

    Posted on July 23rd, 2015

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    The 100 Most Expensive PL Players (After Inflation)

    The 100 Most Expensive PL Players (After Inflation)

    By Paul Tomkins. Before revealing the 100 most expensive players in the Premier League era – after our TPI inflation has been applied – please allow me to provide a brief explanation, for those who don’t want to click on the hyperlink. (Feel free to scroll to the end to see the list, although don’t [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 19th, 2015

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    Beefing Up and Bullying: Benteke To LFC

    Beefing Up and Bullying: Benteke To LFC

    By Paul Tomkins (5’10”). Philippe Coutinho is 5’7”. Nathaniel Clyne is 5’9”. Roberto Firmino is 5’11. Alberto Moreno is 5’7”. James Milner is 5’9”. Jordon Ibe is 5’9”. Joe Allen is 5’6”. Lucas Leiva is 5’10. Danny Ings is 5’10”. Lazar Markovic is 5’9”. Adam Lallana is 5’8”. João Carlos Teixeira is 5’10”. From the [...]

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

    Posted on July 14th, 2015

    Written by Graeme Riley

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    The Transfer Price Index in Euroland

    The Transfer Price Index in Euroland

    By TTT Subscriber Graeme Riley. Having constructed the Transfer Price Index database several years ago, I had wanted to extend this to cover other European leagues so that a comparison could be made with the Premier League and the findings of Pay As You Play validated. This has however proven rather difficult as there is [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 12th, 2015

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    Sterling for £49m? The Gamble and the Curse

    Sterling for £49m? The Gamble and the Curse

    By Paul Tomkins. Nominative determinism suggests that a person’s name influences their character, and even the profession they go into. Clearly Raheem Sterling was always destined to be connected to a lot of English money. At £49m, Liverpool are left with around £39.5m to play with after QPR get their cut. And while it’s not [...]

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

    Posted on July 10th, 2015

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    In-Depth Transfer Analysis: The Big Conclusion

    In-Depth Transfer Analysis: The Big Conclusion

    By Paul Tomkins. To read Part I: Souness, click here. To read Part II: Evans, click here. To read Part III: Houllier, click here. To read Part IV: Benítez, click here. To read Part V: 2010-2015, click here (Free Read). During this past week I’ve looked at the transfer records of the Reds’ seven Premier League managers, including [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on July 9th, 2015

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    In-Depth Transfer Analysis Part V: 2010-2015

    In-Depth Transfer Analysis Part V: 2010-2015

    By Paul Tomkins. To read Part I: Souness, click here. To read Part II: Evans, click here. To read Part III: Houllier, click here. To read Part IV: Benítez, click here. (First four parts are for subscribers only. This part is free.) 2010-2015 After just two managers in 12 years – both continentals, who enjoyed remarkable cup success [...]

  • 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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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

    Written by Chris Rowland

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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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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

    Written by Chris Rowland

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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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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 [...]

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