• Featured, Free, Liverpool FC, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on March 22nd, 2013

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    TTT Meets: The LFC Academy Management

    TTT Meets: The LFC Academy Management

    By Dan Kennett. The Tomkins Times was fortunate to receive another invite to a Liverpool fansite & bloggers meeting, this time at the Academy in Kirkby. Along with other notable sites, were able to spend a fascinating hour talking to Academy director Frank McParland, Academy technical director/ Head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell and U21s manager [...]

  • Exclusive, Fan Initiatives, Featured, Liverpool FC, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 21st, 2012

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    TTT Meets … Brendan Rodgers (Again)

    TTT Meets … Brendan Rodgers (Again)

    By Dan Kennett. The Tomkins Times was fortunate to receive another invite to the Liverpool fansite & bloggers meeting at Melwood. For the second time we got a chance to speak with the boss and this time the meeting lasted an hour longer than planned! This post is for Subscribers only.

  • Exclusive, Featured, Liverpool FC, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 12th, 2012

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    TTT meets…Lucas Leiva

    TTT meets…Lucas Leiva

    By Dan Kennett. In the 2nd “fans briefing” with representatives of Liverpool fan sites, fanzines, internet TV and internet radio at Melwood, TTT was fortunate enough to have a chance to speak to Brazilian midfield maestro Lucas Leiva. Not only was Lucas comfortable in taking an almost 1 hour Q&A session in his 2nd language, [...]

  • Featured, Liverpool FC, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 7th, 2012

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    Afternoon TTT With The Boss [Updated]

    Afternoon TTT With The Boss [Updated]

    By Dan Kennett. Thursday 6th September. A “meet and greet” with Brendan Rodgers that was scheduled for 20 minutes ticks past the hour mark and the manager of a Liverpool Football Club asks one of the Melwood staff to bring him a tactics board. The Liverpool press officer glances at his watch. A motley crew [...]

  • Liverpool FC, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 31st, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Kenny v The Top 5 – Half A Season In Stats

    Kenny v The Top 5 – Half A Season In Stats

    Comparisons between our two managers this season have been well documented and debated, but just how well do Kenny Dalglish’s efforts this season stack up against Ferguson, Ancelotti, Mancini, Wenger and Redknapp? In this piece I have first compared Dalglish and Hodgson’s stats to baseline Kenny’s success within the club and to set the scene [...]

  • Liverpool FC, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 30th, 2011

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Stoke (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    Stoke (H): Match Preview and Discussion

    DATE: 2/2/2011 VENUE: Anfield KICK OFF: 8PM COMPETITION: Preview: It’s been one hell of a season to be a supporter of Liverpool Football Club. The good news of a top class signing in the form of Luis Suárez joining the club had been overshadowed by Fernando Torres handing in a written transfer request before subsequently [...]

  • Liverpool FC, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 19th, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Liverpool FC End-of-Season Stats: 2009/10

    Liverpool FC End-of-Season Stats: 2009/10

    Now that the 2009/10 season is consigned to the history books, I thought I’d take a look at our results and performances from a statistical viewpoint. There has been a lot of talk about just how poor a season this has been, with some sections of the media labelling it as our worst showing since 1998/99. While this may be the case when viewed as league position only, the reality is not quite as cut and dried as that.

  • Liverpool FC, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 7th, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Hull City (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Hull City (A) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Match Preview: Now that the 4th Champions League spot has been claimed by Spurs, and with our elimination from the Europa League semi-finals at the hands of Atletico Madrid, the best Liverpool can hope for this season is to finish 6th. This is providing Aston Villa fail to beat Blackburn at home and we beat Hull City in our final game of the season. A far cry from the expectations we had last August, it’s safe to say that no Liverpool supporter will be sad to see the end of what has been a frustrating and depressing season.

  • Featured, Liverpool FC, Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 29th, 2010

    Written by Gary Fulcher

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    Chelsea (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Chelsea (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

    Liverpool v Chelsea games are never short of drama or controversy, but this meeting comes with an extra dose of anguish and mixed feelings. A Liverpool victory will maintain our slim chances of finishing 4th yet it could also put Man Utd in the driving seat to secure their 19th league title if they beat Sunderland.

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on February 12th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Why Progress Can Be Camouflaged

    Why Progress Can Be Camouflaged

    The following article was written for the April/Launch edition of Well Red Magazine, a new publication produced by Tomkins Times member and first-rate blogger, Gareth “Robbo Huyton” Roberts.

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on December 14th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Momentum Killing

    Momentum Killing

    The one thing I’m finding strange about this season is the switches in momentum for a number of the bigger clubs.

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on July 12th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Keeping Alonso Is Key To Success

    It seems that Real Madrid aren’t going to go away. They think that Xabi Alonso is uniquely talented, but they aren’t prepared to pay what he’s worth. It’s a little ‘rich’ to suggest the price is too high when you’ve just spent £170m on four players. Perhaps as fans we can’t be too critical of [...]

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on May 5th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Greatest Gift

    Sent this to the official site, but will use it here too. Very personal piece, and explains why I may be writing a bit less in the coming months, and possibly not updating the blog very much. Sanguine’ is a great word. It can be a colour – blood-red – and it can also mean [...]

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on April 19th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Return of the King: Dalglish Coming Back?

    The news that Kenny Dalglish may return, in some capacity, to Liverpool is almost too good to be true. Quite simply, the timing could not be better. Dalglish’s presence may have undermined previous managers, but Rafa Benítez now has the strength of position to have someone like the legendary no.7 onboard without it causing an [...]

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on April 14th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Liverpool Pride, Liverpool Passion: 4-4 at the Bridge

    To score four goals, and still be in with a shout with five minutes remaining of an 180-minute tie – that looked over after 90 – was an incredible effort by the Reds. It did the club proud on the eve of such a significant anniversary. I was all set for a brave display but [...]

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on April 9th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Serenity Now

    Sent to official Liverpool site, but put up here as well in the meantime. A lot of what I write is based on the premise that there are always at least two ways to look at pretty much everything in football. Very few things in the game are clear-cut. Pros and cons exist with almost [...]

  • Free, Liverpool FC

    Posted on April 5th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Thoughts on the season so far

    An interview I did for the Bleacher Report, answering questions on various aspects of the season so far: Interview here Thoughts on the Fulham game will appear on .tv this week, hopefully tomorrow. www.paultomkins.com – support my writing by buying my books.  Click here to Pre-order Red Race. Compendium and Red Race available only from [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 29th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    UEFA: take your oars and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine

    It wouldn’t be UEFA if they weren’t having a pop at the top English clubs. Ever since the top sides became Europe’s elite, it seems that they are scrabbling to rewrite the rule book. Now, with UEFA sticking their mighty oars in once more, Liverpool are being criticised for having a squad of “62 professionals”. [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 21st, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Ferguson is wrong

    Thankfully, most media outlets seem to have seen the massive inaccuracy in Alex Ferguson’s figures relating to Liverpool’s spending. That he should even choose to come out with such figures in the first place is interesting, given his rather undignified reaction to Rafa’s ‘fact’ press conference a couple of months back.  I’m also still smiling [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 10th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    In Defence of Lucas Leiva

    Rafa Benítez had his latest press conference interrupted by a "guerilla journalist" (i.e., a wanker) pressing him on why he persists with Lucas Leiva. I’ll admit to being disappointed with how the Brazilian has performed this season; I expected more, and he's had a few stinkers. But he is a full international and the Brazilian [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 4th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Cost of Premiership Squads – A Comparison

    This is designed as an accompaniment piece to my latest article for the LFC website, which I've submitted today. The explanations of the figures are in that article. (I've updated the figures to include most of the well-known home-grown players from all teams, and added Zoran Tosic to United's figures; the Guardian said he and [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on March 1st, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Why Have the Reds Collapsed?

    So why has it all gone wrong in the Premiership, after the best start in donkey’s years? I’ve tried to think of all the reasons I see as valid. Some fans will see a number of these as excuses, but for me it’s the context: the extenuating circumstances, the unique difficulties, and in some cases, [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on February 23rd, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Parallel universe, same outcome

    Piece submitted to .tv 23.2.09, but wanted to use it here too, just in case it's not seen as appropriate. I want to pose what I hope is an interesting philosophical question.  It involves something bordering on a parallel universe, but only in the loose sense; I’m obviously no astrophysicist (although I did once nearly [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on February 11th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Benítez vs Ferguson: continuation and clarification of yesterday’s blog

    To follow on from yesterday's piece, I have submitted this article to liverpoolfc.tv, but also chosen to use it on my blog, as it refers to the same points raised on here. Following my piece earlier in the week, I want to expand on a couple of the themes and clarify one small mistake on [...]

  • Liverpool FC

    Posted on February 8th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    United rely on Ronaldo and Rooney more than Reds rely on Gerrard and Torres

    This blog was initially an excerpt taken from an article submitted to www.liverpoolfc.tv over the weekend –– thought the stats were so incredible it was worth sharing with those who don't visit the official site.  However, due to Setanta being a media partner of LFC, the full article is going to be edited, which I [...]

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