Pay As You Play – Liverpool & Rodgers

Pay As You Play – Liverpool & Rodgers
June 6, 2012 Paul Tomkins

Having worked so hard with Graeme Riley in 2009 and 2010 to create the Transfer Price Index, from which we produced the book Pay As You Play (with, I hasten to add, the aid of several wonderful people), other projects have subsequently taken precedence for all involved with TPI.

However, the work will not go to waste – TPI will continue, in a slightly scaled down form. After a very busy year – which involved a lot of work with the excellent LFCHistory – Graeme has only now got around to updating a key part of the database; unlike last season, where weekly standings were produced (so that I could see the full horror of Hodgson unfolding), I had not seen these numbers until after the season ended. So when it came to Liverpool, I had no idea how the Reds were performing against the TPI model.

Now that I have those figures, I can examine what was a below-par league performance of the Reds, and also, look at the incredible – almost unprecedented – over-performance of Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea (and how that compares with Roberto Martinez’s performance at Wigan).

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