• Featured, 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.

  • 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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 13th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Pre-Season Preview Part 1

    Pre-Season Preview Part 1

    By Chris Rowland, Mark Cohen, Andrew Beasley (Beez) and Dave Cronin. 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 first instalment of their responses. Who will be our most important player? [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on August 12th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Three

    TTT Podcast: Episode Three

    The third episode of The Tomkins Times’ Podcast has been recorded. A huge thanks to everyone involved. We went for four guests today, and only mentioned fish puns for twenty minutes before the start. Feedback, as always, welcome in the comments section. Episode Three: Fluid Formations Host: Bob Pearce Guests: Paul Tomkins, Chris Rowland, Daniel Rhodes [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on August 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Season 2014-15 – the State of Play

    Season 2014-15 – the State of Play

    By Mark Cohen (TTT Subscriber Maradoo). With the World Cup now a history lesson and the league season almost upon us, it is prescient to begin an analysis of our rivals for the season. Whilst the composition of the teams’ squads is certain to change, the expectation around each team is only likely to increase [...]

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

    Posted on August 3rd, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    By Paul Tomkins. First of all, let me state that, beyond the tense rivalries of recent years, I harbour no grudge with Chelsea Football Club per se. Let me be clear: I am fully aware that it could just as easily have been Liverpool FC that Roman Abramovich purchased in 2003, and then, like any [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

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    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    By Paul Tomkins. A lot has been made of Liverpool signing unremarkable players from unremarkable clubs this summer, having sold their most remarkable player to the world’s most remarkable club (of recent years). There’s no doubt that Liverpool’s squad is stronger (on paper), but is the first XI? Buying exceptional players also improves the squad, [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Two

    TTT Podcast: Episode Two

    The second fortnightly episode of The Tomkins Times Podcast has been recorded. A huge thanks to everyone involved (including the additional help of TTT subscriber Slick Mud). Feedback, as always, welcome in the comments section. Host: Bob Pearce Guests: Chris Rowland, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Topics: The recent friendlies and what we have learnt, [...]

  • Book Extract, Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on July 29th, 2014

    Written by Beez

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    How Did Liverpool Improve in 2013/14?

    How Did Liverpool Improve in 2013/14?

    By Andrew Beasley (Beez). This article was written exclusively for the new Tomkins Times book ‘They Dared To Dream: How Rodgers’ Liverpool Went So Close’, which you can purchase from Amazon here. Brendan Rodgers forged his managerial reputation at Swansea City on the back of a possession-heavy philosophy, and it was widely expected that this [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History

    Posted on July 25th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Impossible Job – Managing LFC in the 1950s

    The Impossible Job – Managing LFC in the 1950s

    By TTT Subscriber Andrew Mckay (orton929000). The world of football media is filled with discussions and debates about the greatest or best ever, but the darker realms of the worst are usually overlooked, apart from an occasional sneering article about a club’s most untalented players. This is a shame as studying a team’s unsuccessful periods [...]

  • Featured, Free, Tomkins Rants

    Posted on July 18th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Fuck You, Bantz Boys

    Fuck You, Bantz Boys

    By Paul Tomkins. The fear fans have of being mocked struck me quite clearly yesterday, as I suffered a deluge of Twitter hate. After a week of the TTT book being trolled on Amazon with fake anti-Scouser reviews from fans of other clubs, some Liverpool fans joined in by giving the very idea of the [...]

  • Featured, Free, FSG, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on July 13th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How Pascal’s Triangle Led to a Mental Season

    How Pascal’s Triangle Led to a Mental Season

    By Joseph Pepper (long-time TTT subscriber). Note from PT: this is TTT’s longest-ever piece, but it’s well worth going to the trouble to read. Print it out and voilà! – you have (almost) a book. (Hell, Joe has already split it into chapters for you.) Part 1. Pascal’s Triangle. “In practical life we are compelled to [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC Finances

    Posted on July 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    FFP and The Amortisation of Suarez

    FFP and The Amortisation of Suarez

    by TTT Subscriber Daniel Geey. Suarez, Liverpool’s Potential £70m+ Profit and Financial Fair Play With Luis Suarez now close to moving to Barcelona for a reported £70-80m, this piece aims to shed light on how clubs account for the sale and purchase of players and why it is important for Financial Fair Play (FFP) compliance. [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on July 4th, 2014

    Written by Krishaldo

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    Strengthening the Strong, Weakening the Weak

    Strengthening the Strong, Weakening the Weak

    By Krishen Bhautoo. The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) was initiated by the Premier League and accepted by the 72 Football League clubs on 20 October 2011. The clubs voted 46 in favour and 22 against, with three no-shows and one abstention. According to the Premier League, the EPPP is: … a long-term strategy designed to take [...]

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