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    Posted on August 19th, 2014

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    The Dumbness of Pundits

    The Dumbness of Pundits

    By Paul Tomkins. First things first, it’s never good to read too much into the opening game. It’s a cliché because it’s true. Everyone is at different fitness levels, especially after a World Cup, and you’ll see more debuts than on any other match day. Some players take longer to find their groove. Everyone is [...]

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    Posted on June 24th, 2012

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    England, He’s Yours. You’re Welcome.

    England, He’s Yours. You’re Welcome.

    The greatest trick Roy Hodgson ever pulled was convincing the world that his team’s chances didn’t exist. That, and that his mediocre CV – with some success, but also plenty of failures of varying degrees – is somehow impressive. Only he could take a team ranked in the world top ten, and filled with repeated [...]

  • Featured, Part Free, Part Member, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 3rd, 2012

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    Arrivederci Dirky

    Arrivederci Dirky

    Dirk Kuyt is an unusual modern player: humble, generous, hard-working and more interested in his charity than gold watches. After almost 300 games for Liverpool, he has sealed a cut-price move to Fenerbahçe, and I wish him all the very best. While his first-touch could range from very neat and tidy to a 40-yard scuff [...]

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    Posted on October 31st, 2011

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    Feeling Lost? Where Are We?

    Feeling Lost? Where Are We?

    Feeling disoriented? You may not be alone. It seems that many Liverpool fans are a little lost right now. Lost between expectations, transitions and reality. We are the discombobulation nation. Far better under Dalglish than Hodgson, but behind Newcastle in the table.

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Part Free, Part Member, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on May 9th, 2011

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    Adios Señor, Bonjour Monsieur

    Adios Señor, Bonjour Monsieur

    Adios Señor, Bonjour Monsieur: A Look At Liverpool’s Forays Into Different Transfer Markets I have to admit that I wholeheartedly bought into the Spanish revolution at Liverpool; so much more than the French one that went before it. The big difference, of course, was that we got the best of Spanish: best manager, best players. [...]

  • In-Depth Analysis, Part Free, Part Member, Talking Tactics

    Posted on April 18th, 2011

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    Form and Formations: The New LFC

    Form and Formations: The New LFC

    Assessing the overall tactical master-plan under the new management/coaching team of Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke, and guessing where it’s heading, is somewhat difficult, given the number of changes to both the playing staff and the systems seen in the past few months. This season, the task for those who replaced Roy Hodgson and Mike [...]

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    Posted on March 6th, 2011

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    United Routed By Reds’ Unsung Heroes

    United Routed By Reds’ Unsung Heroes

    Although United pulled back a last-minute consolation goal, there was no denying that this was a rout; not a total thrashing, but about as comprehensive as you normally get in these types of game, where often a single goal decides things. While the star of the show was arguably Luis Suárez – whose jinking run [...]

  • Part Free, Part Member, Talking Tactics

    Posted on February 7th, 2011

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    Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    While this wasn’t a particularly exciting game, from a tactical perspective there was plenty to intrigue. A fourth consecutive win under Kenny’s managership and a fourth successive clean sheet – just the sort of sequence that, in Hodgson parlance at least, would be described as a “juggernaut”. Tactical line-ups Having used a 4-3-3 for most [...]

  • Part Free, Part Member, Statistical Analysis, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 4th, 2011

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    Roy Hodgson – Half Term Report

    Roy Hodgson – Half Term Report

    By Dan Kennett. Following on from the previous review after 13 games this article aims to put Liverpool’s performance in the first half of the 2010/11 season into context with the history of the Premier League.  Halfway is a fair point for extensive analysis as apart from postponements, clubs have played each other once. As [...]

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    Posted on December 23rd, 2010

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    Tomkins Times Wins Best Club Fansite Award

    Tomkins Times Wins Best Club Fansite Award

    Despite the presence of heavyweights such as KUMB, Republik of Mancunia and Arseblog, we’ve gone for The Tomkins Times for the insightful news coverage and analysis of all things Liverpool.

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    Posted on November 30th, 2010

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    Pay As You Play – Introduction & Chapter One

    Pay As You Play – Introduction & Chapter One

    One of the more interesting theories associated with football is that success can be ‘bought’; that it’s almost off-the-peg, waiting to be snapped up by any willing buyer who’ll meet the asking price.

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    Posted on November 18th, 2010

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    The Options Open To NESV

    The Options Open To NESV

    The calls to sack Roy Hodgson are reaching fever pitch. While I won’t add to them in this particular piece (beyond pointing out what the complaints are), I will look at the options open to the new owners.

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    Posted on November 15th, 2010

    Written by Graeme Riley

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    Roy’s Hodgson’s Managerial Record

    Roy’s Hodgson’s Managerial Record

    Below is a full record of Roy Hodgson’s managerial career at club level, based on league results only.

  • Featured, Part Free, Part Member

    Posted on November 10th, 2010

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    ‘Pay As You Play’ Day

    ‘Pay As You Play’ Day

    This week sees the long-anticpated (by at least three people) release of ‘Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era’.

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    Posted on October 20th, 2010

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    Progress? Roy 2010/11 vs. Rafa 2009/10

    Progress? Roy 2010/11 vs. Rafa 2009/10

    Firstly, a couple of important points. I realise showing that Rafa did better last year than Roy has this year is a no-brainer. It’s also far too early to apply any serious statistical analysis to Roy’s tenure. However, I thought I’d share some stats I have researched in order to try and illustrate how much they differ so far.

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    Posted on July 20th, 2010

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    Joe Cole, Gerrard, Hodgson & Being English

    Joe Cole, Gerrard, Hodgson & Being English

    It’s been a weird few days. First, the hard-to-fathom sale of promising, albeit rough diamond, Emiliano Insua – all the more strange as he was the third and final left-back out of the club in six months – followed shortly after by the signing of a player who wanted wages Liverpool could not match, Champions League football the club couldn’t offer and a locale that was not in, or near, London.

  • Featured, Part Free, Part Member

    Posted on June 29th, 2010

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    Does Roy Hodgson Have The Credentials?

    Does Roy Hodgson Have The Credentials?

    This piece was originally published on June 21st. Since then it’s become widely accepted that Roy Hodgson will be appointed this Thursday. This tallies with information I received a couple of days ago: that the appointment will only take place once Standard Chartered officially replace Carlsberg as the club sponsors. With this in mind, I’ve brought this piece back to the top of the site, as the main featured article.

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    Posted on May 27th, 2010

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    The Kid(s) Can Play

    The Kid(s) Can Play

    With all this is mind, I thought I’d spend the summer (which could be very depressing) picking out those Academy individuals I think might be best suited (in time) to making the step up to the first team ( … but all the while adding the caveat that careers go wrong for a number of reasons.)

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    Posted on April 22nd, 2010

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    ‘Zidane Theorem’ Applied to Liverpool FC

    ‘Zidane Theorem’ Applied to Liverpool FC

    Zidane Clustering Theorem is designed to show that teams full of very good players are better than those with a few superstars and a collection of also-rans making up the numbers (the ‘Zidane’ referring to the Real Madrid approach during the time of galácticos.)

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    Posted on April 12th, 2010

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    Sub Standard? Rafa’s Subs Record

    Sub Standard? Rafa’s Subs Record

    The season where Liverpool’s first tactical substitution was on average the latest after the opposition’s (2008/09), was the most successful league season the club has had in years. More relevant to this study, it was the year with the highest number of substitutions that turned losses to wins: six.

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    Posted on March 21st, 2010

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    The Past and the Pending

    The Past and the Pending

    In football, we are always searching the past to predict the future. But rather than suggest things definitely can’t happen – “so-and-so will never be good enough”, “Liverpool will never win the league under X manager”, etc – I like to look for examples that show things can change for the better

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    Posted on March 12th, 2010

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    The ‘Current Price’ of Every LFC Signing 1992-2010

    The ‘Current Price’ of Every LFC Signing 1992-2010

    Following on from other work with Graeme Riley’s Transfer Price Index, this is the list of all of Liverpool’s Premier league signings, and how much they cost in “today’s money”. Subscribers can also download a PDF of the entire TPI database, which contains the signings of every club between 1992 and 2010.

  • Part Free, Part Member, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on February 10th, 2010

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    TPI© Percentage of Premier League Spend (Gross)

    TPI© Percentage of Premier League Spend (Gross)

    “The Benefit of New Players” … The notion that individual signings take time to settle (or may never settle) is valid. And this may well be at the heart of why significant investment works so well, and leads, within 24 months, to trophies and higher league positions. The injection of new blood seems fairly essential to boost a team; but additional riches give more licence for a hit-and-miss strategy

  • Part Free, Part Member, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on February 9th, 2010

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    TPI©: The Top 50 Premier League Deals

    TPI©: The Top 50 Premier League Deals

    Using TPI© to adjust the prices according to ‘football inflation’, the following table lists the price of the 50 most expensive Premier League transfers in “today’s money”: the Current Transfer Purchase Price (CTPP ©).

  • Part Free, Part Member, Top Fives

    Posted on November 10th, 2009

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    Top Five Liverpool Prospects

    Top Five Liverpool Prospects

    The following five players are the quintet who I believe to be the brightest prospects at the club, out of those who have yet to make a senior appearance, but who are at an age where a breakthrough in the next year is not impossible.

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