• 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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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 [...]

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

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015

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    Better to be a Drogba than an Owen?

    Better to be a Drogba than an Owen?

    By Paul Tomkins and Robert Radburn. The following is something I wrote with my long-time collaborator Robert Radburn (we co-authored a ZX Spectrum game together while at school, but please don’t tell anybody). It takes my recent work on the scoring rates of strikers and expands it, with the addition of various interactive Tableau infographics. [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 12th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    From Gilgamesh to Jesus, from Theseus to Rodgers

    From Gilgamesh to Jesus, from Theseus to Rodgers

    By Anthony Stanley. For the past few months, I’ve been teaching creative writing. Now that’s not me being ostentatious in making that statement, the facility I teach in is for heavily marginalised individuals – some of whom are homeless or possess a chronic addiction.  So I’m not trying to claim that I’m a literary lion. [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point

    Posted on March 6th, 2015

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes

    Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes

    By Dan Kennett. 23rd November 2014 Crystal Palace: 3 (Gayle 17’, Ledley 78’, Jedinak 82’) Liverpool: 1 (Lambert 2’). The headlines in the collection of newspaper reports on www.lfchisory.net (complied by TTTer Graeme Riley!) make grim reading: Liverpool endure new indignity [Times] Liverpool backbone ruptured by Bolasie as Palace claim victory of heart and mind [Guardian] [...]

  • Free, LFC Finances, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015

    Written by Krishaldo

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    Holy Comolli! – Was He Right?

    Holy Comolli! – Was He Right?

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). On 3rd November 2010, Liverpool Football Club announced that Damien Comolli had been appointed as Director of Football Strategy, with part of his remit being to oversee the recruitment of new players to the club. Before his departure on 12th April 2012, he headed the signing of 10 players [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 2nd, 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

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Krishaldo

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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 [...]

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