• 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

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

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on March 17th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Swansea City 0 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Swansea City 0 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Swansea’s diamond line-up Liverpool initially opted for a 3-4-2-1 Lallana and Sterling swapped positions Swansea started passively The way Swansea used their diamond formation was more of a 4-3-1-2, with Shelvey and Ki staying behind the play Swansea’s formation mirrored Liverpool’s all over the pitch, enabling them to nullify Liverpool’s main [...]

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

    Posted on March 12th, 2015

    Written by Bob

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.18

    Tactics for Beginners – No.18

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. Inherent spells of vulnerability We’ve talked a lot about what teams do when they have the ball, and what they do when they don’t have the ball. But there are also moments in-between a Red team attack breaking down and a Blue team attack beginning. It feels like when [...]

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

    Posted on March 7th, 2015

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Liverpool 2 Burnley 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Burnley 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Summary: Dyche opted for the cautious tactical approach, looking to sit deep and compact early on, maybe conserving energy for a late surge, as they did against Man City and Chelsea.  Rodgers brought in Sturridge for Markovic, with Sterling moving to right wing-back. Burnley had a ten minute period of attacking pressure, [...]

  • 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] [...]

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