• 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 [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 1st, 2014

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    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    By Paul Tomkins. The one thing we’re quick to forget is that the future of football is never written in stone. I too am not immune from using precedents as some kind of proof of future success. You can find handy guides,  it is true, but no-one is ever correct in predicting what will happen [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 25th, 2014

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    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    By Paul Tomkins. When an ex-Liverpool manager takes charge of half a dozen Liverpool players in a group containing current and ex-Liverpool players, then international football has more meaning for this website. This is, after all, a site dedicated to discussing Liverpool FC, although we will wander off topic now and then. Suddenly, it seems, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 22nd, 2014

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    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    By Paul Tomkins. The best thing about England losing both opening games of a World Cup for the first time since 1958 is that a large chunk of the Liverpool squad will be home early for a well-earned rest (even if that rest was earned in the Premier League, not Brazil). The three lions looked [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History, Talking Point

    Posted on June 13th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Curiously Underwhelming: Liverpool at the World Cup

    Curiously Underwhelming: Liverpool at the World Cup

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). The proud heritage and history that Liverpool, as a football club, possesses is reflected in the fact that, since the World Cup began in 1930, only Manchester United has had more representatives at the tournament from English clubs. Liverpool have had sixty seven of their players named in World Cup [...]

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

    Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    By Paul Tomkins. The title ‘Tomkins’ Law’ was recently assigned to my transfer theory by Dan Kennett, referring to my observation that only 40% of transfers succeed. (Naming a website after myself may seem vain enough as it is – although it was originally intended to be a solo blog – so I must make [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014

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    Welcome Back Rickie Lambert

    Welcome Back Rickie Lambert

    By Chris Rowland. It was confirmed today that Rickie Lambert, 32, has signed for Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of about £4m plus add-ons. So here’s a quick look at the classic rags-to-riches story of our new striker. After being released by Liverpool as a youngster – and then suffering the same fate at Blackpool (where manager [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on May 25th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sports Book Chat: Ned Read, Pickles Magazine

    Sports Book Chat: Ned Read, Pickles Magazine

    Interview by Paul Grech. Given the proliferation of sites where the sole aim is to increase the number of hits through the propagation and invention of transfer rumours, it is easy to give into the temptation of despairing about the current state of football writing. There are so many out there for whom the term [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History

    Posted on May 23rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Star-Crossed Champion – the Tragedy of George Kay

    Star-Crossed Champion – the Tragedy of George Kay

    By Andrew Mckay (TTT Subscriber orton992000). “Affliction is enamoured of thy parts and thou art wedded to calamity” Romeo and Juliet It is a truth universally acknowledged that a football manager in possession of a league championship must not be in want of good fortune. George Kay certainly had his share as he led his [...]

  • Featured, Free, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    By Alexander Papas (TTT Subscriber Yiannis). When we asked TTT writers a series of questions in our recent Q&A (link to 2 articles), Yiannis replied to some questions in sufficient length to generate an article in its own right! This question could be worthy of articles on its own (so I’ve made it one – Ed!), [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on May 16th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    10 Reasons for Liverpool Fans to be Cheerful

    10 Reasons for Liverpool Fans to be Cheerful

    By Neil Mundy (TTT Subscriber NeilM). So it didn’t quite happen after all. 7th to 1st in one season was just that bit too much of a stretch for the sporting scriptwriters. A mere two points (and 14 goals of goal difference) separated Brendan’s nascent Reds from their oil-rich FFP flaunting sky blue counterparts. Still, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 11th, 2014

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    Gerrard and Co., Hold Your Heads High

    Gerrard and Co., Hold Your Heads High

    By Paul Tomkins. There can have been fewer more pathetic sights in football than a plane flying over a stadium with a banner from rival supporters who weren’t even involved in that match. Talk about obsessed. After about eight flypasts, the prop plane disappeared, taking with it its bizarre comparison between Manchester United’s entire history [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 6th, 2014

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    We Are What We Are, Not What We Are Not

    We Are What We Are, Not What We Are Not

    By Paul Tomkins. Well, that was heartbreaking, head-wrecking, soul-destroying. In the aftermath of a late three-goal collapse, the Reds’ weaknesses were brutally exposed. But it’s easy to suggest that doing things differently was the right answer, because it’s always the right answer when things go wrong. Against Chelsea, Liverpool should have apparently played them at [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 27th, 2014

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    Title Hopes Dented, Not Destroyed

    Title Hopes Dented, Not Destroyed

    By Paul Tomkins. Expecting to win a 12th game in a row is perhaps the new definition of insanity. We had to wake up sooner or later, eh? Still, it’s quite nice to wake up and find ourselves still top of the table. Man City may now be favourites, but they have to win their [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Rebuilding a Fallen Kingdom

    Rebuilding a Fallen Kingdom

    By Alex Tate (Tattva). I’m on the lookout for full time work. I’ve managed two football teams in the past. Both were small time, one suffered relegation and then came straight back up, the other started at the bottom and stayed there until after two seasons I felt I couldn’t take the assorted rag bag [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 21st, 2014

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    Liverpool Stole My Bowel Control

    Liverpool Stole My Bowel Control

    By Paul Tomkins. Followers of my Twitter feed will be well aware of my new-found obsession with toilet humour. This is partly due to the way the Reds have engendered a bond between man and porcelain. After the numbing years of Hodgson, the anticlimax of Dalglish MKII and the mixed-bagness of last season, I just [...]

  • Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on April 16th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Players Who Define Rodgers’ Tenure: Part 6

    The Players Who Define Rodgers’ Tenure: Part 6

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10): Part 6: Daniel Sturridge “You need to look in the player’s eyes and see if they have that hunger, and he is coming off the back of being at a big club but one where he hasn’t played.  He is coming here with everything to prove.  As a manager [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 13th, 2014

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    Mental. Mental. Mental.

    Mental. Mental. Mental.

    By Paul Tomkins. Totally mental. In every sense of the word: mental |ˈmɛnt(ə)l| adjective 1 relating to the mind: mental faculties | mental phenomena. • done by or occurring in the mind: a quick mental calculation | she made a mental note to ring him later. 2 of or relating to disorders or illnesses of [...]

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

    Posted on April 11th, 2014

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    The Reds Have Bought Success? No Chance

    The Reds Have Bought Success? No Chance

    By Paul Tomkins. The notion that Liverpool have bought success, as opined by the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan, is frankly ludicrous. He also Tweeted that:  …while Liverpool do have a couple of home-grown lads in Gerrard and Jon Flanagan, it is outrageous to suggest they have not bought their way to success. Liverpool have [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on April 10th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Eleven Stars Good, One Team Better!

    Eleven Stars Good, One Team Better!

    By Bob Pearce. This is a continuation and further development of the ideas explored in ‘Who’s the Star, the Player of the Team?’, ‘What are the Ingredients of a Great Team?’, and ‘The Recipe for a Great Team?’. Let’s start with a quick question. Who is the ‘best player in the world’? Messi? Ronaldo? What [...]

  • Featured, Free, FSG

    Posted on April 7th, 2014

    Written by Si Steers

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    FSG and Innovation

    FSG and Innovation

    By Si Steers. Liverpool Football Club is on the rise again; whilst Brendan Rodgers deserves huge credit for his role in transforming the fortunes of the team, it is John Henry who is the primary architect of the club’s renaissance. Henry is a man who understands that innovation plays a critical role in success in [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 6th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Screw Logic, Embrace Emotion

    Screw Logic, Embrace Emotion

    By Paul Tomkins. Yesterday I wrote a calm, rational piece for this site, ready to publish in victory, defeat or stalemate at Upton Park. But as happy as I am with the article, my emotions are far too frazzled for it to feel relevant. It is not, in seems, for the aftermath of an emotional [...]

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