• 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 [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on April 14th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Brendan and Me

    Brendan and Me

    By Dave Cronin. Brendan Rodgers doesn’t know me. We’ve never met. Yet Brendan and I have had a relationship for nearly two years now. Since the day Brendan accepted the post of manager of Liverpool FC, my moods and my sense of well-being in and around each match day and in much of the space [...]

  • 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, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on April 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    They Can Be Heroes

    They Can Be Heroes

    By Mikey Foley (TTT Subscriber ConradHart). The sun is starting to dip below the rooftops of the long rows of terraced houses and the shadows are stretching across the road and up onto the garden wall of the neighbours’ house. It’s been one of those glorious, sunny summer days that seem etched into my childhood [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on April 4th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Embrace The Suffering

    Embrace The Suffering

    by Mikey Foley (TTT Subscriber ConradHart). I don’t know what’s going on. I can’t eat. My stomach feels like there’s a couple of squirrels in there fighting over the world’s last monkey nut. My wife is sick to death of me jabbering on about tables, three points and a magic wand belonging to some Brazilian [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on April 3rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    You Can’t Shrug Pressure Off, But You Can Eat It Up

    You Can’t Shrug Pressure Off, But You Can Eat It Up

    by TTT Subscriber Mike Taylor. With six games left of this astonishing season, with 57% of Match of the Day viewers making us title favourites, and with the very comprehensive Sports Club Stats site estimating a 34.5% chance of our winning the title, the pressure is on. “Liverpool have not yet smelt fear”, Alan Hansen [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on April 1st, 2014

    Written by jimtheoracle

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    We Weren’t Supposed To Be This Good

    We Weren’t Supposed To Be This Good

    by James Keen (TTT Subscriber jimtheoracle). This was posted yesterday afternoon by jimtheoracle – check out the number of Recommends. It was one of those that was too good to leave behind, so in case you missed it, here it reproduced is as an article.  This team are astonishing. They are the best team in the [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on March 30th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Not That Tricky

    Not That Tricky

    by Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10): This wasn’t a frenzied blitzkrieg to destroy a team with dynamite counter-attacks. No, this wasn’t that tricky at all. This wasn’t Brendan Rodgers’ tricky Reds. This was swagger; this was the chastening of a club with top four pretensions; a gentle slap before they’re put to bed. This was controlled [...]

  • Featured, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on March 24th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Players Who Define Rodgers’ Tenure: Part 4

    The Players Who Define Rodgers’ Tenure: Part 4

    by Anthony Stanley (Dannyluke10). Part 4: The Fall Guys. “I can only talk about myself…I came in to build upon the work Kenny had done” – Brendan Rodgers. As many on The Tomkins Times have pointed out, a manager’s tenure is defined not only by the players he inherits (and hopefully improves) and brings in, [...]

  • Featured, Personal Thoughts, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, What Did We Learn?

    Posted on March 19th, 2014

    Written by Si Steers

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    Player Mentality: Does It Matter?

    Player Mentality: Does It Matter?

    By Si Steers. There is something different happening at Liverpool FC this season. The shackles of fear seem to have disappeared in a sea of confidence, producing the most vibrant and attacking football we have seen for a long time. Every single player has contributed or is contributing. So what is the magic ingredient? Professor [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on March 16th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    “You Can Never Learn From the Things You Did Well”

    “You Can Never Learn From the Things You Did Well”

    By Peter Torehall (TTT Subscriber Toshack).  “The only way you can learn is from your mistakes. You can never learn from the things you did well. It’s impossible.” Johan Cruyff , The Blizzard When I was young in my first workplace, I gained some valuable insight into human psychology. I had made some bad decisions [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 13th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Hope … and Glory?

    Hope … and Glory?

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). The hope doesn’t just kill you; it slowly crushes you in its deathly coils; it caresses you in deliberate, velvety torture.  It kisses you with poison-coated lips, hugs you with manacles of iron. It seduces you and then, like some dark incubus, snuffs out your life as you dream. [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History, Personal Thoughts, Talking Point

    Posted on March 12th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Mr Cameron, 1 Question, 10 Letters, 0 Answers

    Mr Cameron, 1 Question, 10 Letters, 0 Answers

    By Bob Pearce. 4th March 2014 Ref: The Hillsborough disaster (Letter 10) Dear Mr Cameron It is now almost 25 years ago since the Hillsborough disaster on 15th April 1989. The Conservative Prime Minister at the time, Mrs Thatcher, was informed by the police that the disaster was due to ‘drunken fans’. However, upon publication [...]

  • Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point

    Posted on March 10th, 2014

    Written by Beez

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    TTT Predicts: Ten Games To Go

    TTT Predicts: Ten Games To Go

    By Andrew Beasley (Beez). As the final quarter of the season is upon us, I thought it was time to post an update on the TTT Predicts competition, to see who is in the running for the title with only ten more points available. In the last update I provided, which occurred after twenty games, [...]

  • Featured, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on March 10th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Stats Round Up Extra: Away at Old Trafford

    Stats Round Up Extra: Away at Old Trafford

    After every Premier League game, we track a range of statistics; the stats round-up also includes a rolling five game average and compares the match against the season averages from the best sides last season. The rest of this post is for subscribers only. 

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on March 7th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Scouting For Success

    Scouting For Success

    By Paul Grech. For all that is written about the subject every time a transfer window rolls by, very little is known on how Liverpool’s scouting network is set up.  Occasionally we get glimpses from interviews but in truth a lot of fans’ knowledge about the men who recommend players to Brendan Rodgers is very [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 6th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    ‘Ask Not What Your Club Can Do For You …’

    ‘Ask Not What Your Club Can Do For You …’

    By Ben Feltham. I’m writing for only one thing these days; the league title. Frankly anything else seems too prosaic. So this is an exercise to explore at once a whimsical and profound question – can I help? And you, dear reader, can you? Can I, can we, with words and deeds, affect the destiny [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on March 3rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Home and Away

    Home and Away

    By Neil Mundy (TTT Subscriber NeilM). Cue ‘Closer each day…’ – Home & Away theme tune. OK, erm, apologies – rest assured this article isn’t actually going to be about naff Australian soaps. (Though let’s not forget that Alan Fletcher of Neighbours, aka Doctor Karl Kennedy, is a massive Red, so there’s a link of [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 3rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Still Think Brendan Rodgers Has No Plan B?

    Still Think Brendan Rodgers Has No Plan B?

    This was one of those posts that was asking to be made into an article. It first appeared on the Brendan Rodgers thread and is now reproduced, with only the merest editorial tweakage, for the enjoyment of anyone who missed it first time round or who simply wants to read it again; nice one Jim. [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on February 25th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Conundrum That Is Brendan Rodgers

    The Conundrum That Is Brendan Rodgers

    By Mikey Foley (TTT Subscriber Conradhart). I simply cannot pigeon-hole Brendan Rodgers. When I try to make sense of his tactical thinking, as I was accustomed to when Rafa was in charge, my brain hurts. When I use logic to try to predict what he will do with certain players, he does something else that seems [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on February 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Satisfied With Improvement, Daring To Dream

    Satisfied With Improvement, Daring To Dream

    By Barry Meehan (TTT Subscriber Bazmeen). At the start of this season I had only one target in mind – to see Liverpool improve. Long gone are the years where every season began with fanciful dreams of unprecedented glory. Age, experience, and the last few painful seasons had coloured my thinking to a level where [...]

  • Free, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point

    Posted on February 19th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    The Final 12 Games – a Lesson From History

    The Final 12 Games – a Lesson From History

    By Chris Rowland, Graeme Riley, Andrew Beasley and various contributors. It was Graeme Riley’s post at #60 of ‘Why Liverpool Can win the Title’ that started it. The one where Graeme casually mentioned that he’d “done a bit of research into the final 12 games for each of the championship-winning teams since 1889 to see [...]

  • Featured, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on February 7th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Who Needs Another Hero?

    Who Needs Another Hero?

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” Joseph Campbell, The Hero [...]

  • Book Reviews, Featured, Free, Personal Thoughts, Talking Point

    Posted on February 3rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Robert Enke; a Lesson to be Learnt

    Robert Enke; a Lesson to be Learnt

    By Paul Grech. When I was starting out blogging, the most popular articles would invariably be those looking at young players. There seems to be an insatiable desire to get to know of prospects before anyone else; to be able to make predictions about a player’s place and future in the team. As the years [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 31st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Is There Any Value in the Jan. Transfer Window?

    Is There Any Value in the Jan. Transfer Window?

    By Finin Martin. “The January transfer market has never been the best market and that has proved itself over the years.” Sir Alex Ferguson, December 2012. When FIFA brought in the two window system as compulsory in the 2002-2003 season, they could not have foreseen the negative impact it would have on Premier League fans. [...]

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