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

    Posted on August 4th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Do Results Lie? (or The Introduction of ‘Tactistics’)

    Do Results Lie? (or The Introduction of ‘Tactistics’)

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Statistics and Tactics combined The use of both statistics and tactics have been part of football to some degree since its inception. Both have also been valuable tools in different periods to aid sharp footballing minds to facilitate the next step of football evolution – people like Charles Reep, who used statistical [...]

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

    Posted on August 2nd, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on July 28th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    The Taking of Premier 1-2-3

    The Taking of Premier 1-2-3

    By TTT Subscriber Mark Cohen. Let’s start this off with one, concise truth: Only one team will win the 2015/16 Premier League For the rest, there is only varying degrees of disappointment. How disappointed you are depends on your initial expectation of your team’s chances for the season to come. So for example, Southampton would [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on May 28th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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’ [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 24th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Stoke City 6 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Stoke City 6 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Liverpool started with a 4-diamond-2 for the first time in 2015 From the start, Stoke pressed high up Liverpool were forced into rushed and poor passing Stoke suffocated the visitors with their intensity out of possession Stoke created the type of game that didn’t suit Liverpool The out-of-form Can was overloaded [...]

  • 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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 18th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Summary: Both Liverpool and Palace set up in the same formation as the recent FA Cup tie, as Rodgers opted for the 3-4-2-1 and Pardew selecting his preferred 4-4-2 (although he did rotate some key players).  The home team dominated possession in the opening period, but rarely threatened the well-organised defensive structure [...]

  • 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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 12th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Chelsea started closing down aggressively and made some very strong challenges Chelsea were soon in command, and Liverpool knocked out of their stride The home side had two main areas of strengths, the space between the lines and down their left flank/Liverpool’s right Liverpool were frequently overloaded down that side, with [...]

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

    Posted on May 10th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 4th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 2 QPR 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 QPR 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Three team changes in Liverpool’s 4-1-2-3 shape QPR changed from their recent lopsided 4-4-2 to a lopsided 4-4-1-1 QPR’s choice of personnel left them lacking mobility at the back QPR made a good positive start The away team started giving the ball away cheaply Liverpool attacked predominantly down the right with [...]

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

    Posted on April 30th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 30th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Hull City 1 Liverpool 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Hull City 1 Liverpool 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Summary:  Hull managed to overload the space in the middle, and create a very effective block in this crucial zone.  This created a defensive weakness out wide for the home team, but with Can again playing as a false full-back and roaming into the middle, the required dual threat of overlapping full-backs [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 27th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    West Brom 0 Liverpool 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    West Brom 0 Liverpool 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Pulis started with one formation but soon changed it to another He may have been anticipating Liverpool would continue with their 3-4-2-1 Rodgers settled for 4-1-2-3, but introduced a new structure and positional duties of the players within it WBA were overly passive out of possession and lacked counter-attacking threat This [...]

  • Featured, FSG, In-Depth Analysis, Off Field Issues

    Posted on April 24th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    FSG, the Red Sox and Dealing with Management

    FSG, the Red Sox and Dealing with Management

    By TTT Subscriber OT.  This post is on baseball, the Red Sox and FSG – without getting into things about FSG like patience, financial knowledge and an intuitive understanding of the relationship in professional sport between team financials and on field product and results, and assorted permutations thereof. Long term TTT subscriber Jeff has repeatedly [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 19th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Aston Villa 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Aston Villa 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Both sides were missing a number of key players Liverpool again started poorly, and lacked intensity out of possession Villa overloaded Liverpool’s right, and Liverpool couldn’t cope with it Villa’s approach was the key difference Sherwood sprung a tactical surprise with an unexpected and previously unseen variation Villa’s proactivity changed the [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 17th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    What Can Liverpool Do To Overachieve?

    What Can Liverpool Do To Overachieve?

    By Paul Tomkins. Last week I wrote two articles about the challenges Liverpool face, and the apparent catch-22 of a team that ranks 5th in all the important financial measures struggling to gain a long-term foothold in the top four, which financially rewards the existing top four and adds to their cachet when attracting players. [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 14th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Rodgers opted for 4-1-2-3 with Coutinho as a false 9 and Can as part of a centre-back pairing Newcastle moved Colback back to midfield and played Anita at left-back Another Newcastle surprise – Obertan and Cabella as the wide men, with no place for Ameobi, Gouffran or Gutierrez Liverpool again started [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on April 9th, 2015

    Written by Krishaldo

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    Why Aren’t We Scoring More?

    Why Aren’t We Scoring More?

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). There has been some recent talk about Liverpool’s lack of goal scoring chances. In Andrew Beasley’s blog Brendan Rodgers’ Goalscoring Low, he highlights some stats of our goal scoring woes. He goes into more detail, but essentially, if you take a running total of 38 games under Rodgers, our goals scored and [...]

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

    Posted on April 5th, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 5th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Once again Liverpool started poorly Their starting approach lacked clarity There seemed to be an absence of concrete strategic objectives and tactical patterns This big tactical capitulation effectively handed the game to Arsenal Coutinho and Markovic struggled positionally to support the wing-backs Liverpool were extremely sloppy in possession In contrast, Arsenal [...]

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

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 1 Man Utd 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 1 Man Utd 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Van Gaal’s huge tactical gamble Liverpool’s surprising failure to press handed Utd the tactical initiative Liverpool started the game passively and lethargically This played into Utd’s hands, giving them time to settle into their patient and methodical passing flow Utd dominated from the beginning and had overall control over the game [...]

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