• 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 [...]

  • Exclusive, Featured, Free, Guest Writer

    Posted on April 15th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    Although he lived in Glasgow and worked as a GP in Lanarkshire, Dr Phillips, 34, had been born and bred in Huyton, Merseyside. A devoted Liverpool supporter, he had achieved the Holy Grail of every fan by obtaining a season ticket for Anfield and travelled down religiously to see the Reds.

  • Featured, Free, FSG, Podcast

    Posted on April 8th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT #14: The Bigger Picture and Relative Success

    TTT #14: The Bigger Picture and Relative Success

    Including: Daniel Rhodes, Dan Kennett, Krishen Bhautoo (@krishaldo21) and Anthony Stanley (@AstanleyAnthony). Topics: What constitutes “success” for Liverpool in the modern era? Is this season a success if Liverpool win the FA Cup but miss Top 4? How big a failure is no top 4 and no trophy? Can “on the pitch” success happen without [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 6th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    We’re All Gonna Live Forever!

    By Paul Tomkins. Last night’s piece, “We’re All Gonna Die!” provoked a lot of debate, much of which took place on Twitter. There were a lot of interesting comments, plus the usual complaints. (And of course, the usual excellent discussions in the comments on this site.) I figured it’d be easier to write a (fairly) [...]

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

    Posted on April 5th, 2015

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    We’re All Gonna Die!

    We’re All Gonna Die!

    By Paul Tomkins. In order to let in some light, let’s first study the darkness. The one thing that’s undeniably definite in life is also the thing we most stridently ignore: death. We distort reality in order to avoid facing that grim conclusion; facing our grim conclusion. We tell each other that life should be [...]

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

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

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    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    What Wins League Titles? Here is the Answer

    By Paul Tomkins. Note: this was originally a draft version of the Introduction for the follow-up to Pay As You Play. In the end, due to other commitments, we’ve shelved the project, and will use the 2015 content for TTT and the TPI blog instead, and maybe look to do a book at some point [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Pressing, Lallana and the Future of Tactical Analysis

    Pressing, Lallana and the Future of Tactical Analysis

    Including: Daniel Rhodes, Mihail Vladimirov and Leroy Mah (@LFCImpulse) Topics: The lack of tactical pressing by Liverpool under Rodgers, how this contrasts with perceptions about the Reds, and why the players’ individual attributes drive any pressing, rather than any coordinated plan. Which teams press well around Europe? Ruling out the issue of fatigue, especially over [...]

  • Featured, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

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