• By Paul Tomkins, Subscribers Only

    Posted on July 22nd, 2016

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    Welcome Wijnaldum, the New Stephen Ireland

    Welcome Wijnaldum, the New Stephen Ireland

    By Paul Tomkins. Liverpool have signed a player in Georginio Wijnaldum who has an impeccable pedigree: prolific for Holland – from deeper positions – at U17, U19 and U21 level, and now adjusting to senior level too: four goals in his ten most recent games; and before this, having captained PSV to the title in […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 21st, 2016

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    Star-Shaped Pegs for Star-Shaped Holes

    Star-Shaped Pegs for Star-Shaped Holes

    By Paul Tomkins. Last summer Liverpool signed Christian Benteke, a round peg signed for a round hole. A good player, he was ‘sole use’, not multipurpose. He’d hang around in the centre-forward position, and if you got crosses in he’d head them, and if you wanted to go direct from deep, he’d head them. Good […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on July 17th, 2016

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    Why Did We Even Want Klopp in the First Place?

    Why Did We Even Want Klopp in the First Place?

    By Paul Tomkins. You’ll all remember precisely why Liverpool appointed Jürgen Klopp last October, upon firing Brendan Rodgers. But it’s worth a quick reminder. Klopp had taken Borussia Dortmund to two league titles and various cup finals, including one in the Champions League in 2013 – which was lost narrowly (and the German FA Cup […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on July 4th, 2016

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    Liverpool Have Added a Load of Fresh Players

    Liverpool Have Added a Load of Fresh Players

    By Paul Tomkins. It seems an age ago, with Iceland and Wales winning hearts and minds, but it’s worth remembering that Liverpool played a mammoth 63 games last season, and were then the club with the most players heading to Euro 2016. On top of this, Philippe Coutinho went to the Copa América. It’s known […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on June 27th, 2016

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    Fear Not: Mané the Main Man

    Fear Not: Mané the Main Man

    By Paul Tomkins. It goes without saying that there’s the predictable ‘fume’ that goes with any non-superstar Liverpool try to sign – even if almost all of the Reds’ best signings throughout its history had hitherto been non-superstars – but to my eyes, Sadio Mané has the pace the Reds need out wide, with the […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, The Big read

    Posted on June 9th, 2016

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    Is It Time For Reds To Reassess Roy Hodgson?

    Is It Time For Reds To Reassess Roy Hodgson?

    No.

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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    How Was Their Season? No 10: Joe Allen

    How Was Their Season? No 10: Joe Allen

    By Paul Tomkins. This season was the least of Joe Allen, and the most of Joe Allen. It saw his fewest league appearances (19), but his joint-highest overall appearances (37). It was his top-scoring season to date, with three, and it was his most marvellously beardy campaign thus far. Never before had Joe Allen been […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only, The Big read

    Posted on May 29th, 2016

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    Undeniable Proof of Progress Under Klopp

    Undeniable Proof of Progress Under Klopp

    By Paul Tomkins. The problem with assessing any league season which also involves a ton of cup football is the sheer noise. Whether or not you think that Liverpool’s 84 points in 2013/14, or Leicester’s title in 2015/16, were “due” to not playing many cup games, the fact is that the lack of additional fixtures […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Free, The Big read

    Posted on May 20th, 2016

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    Loving Klopp, Looking Forward

    Loving Klopp, Looking Forward

    By Paul Tomkins. I don’t know what people expected when Jürgen Klopp took over a goal-shy side in October, but I’d argue that asking a manager to inherit a squad of what, to him, were 25 strangers, when 11 games have already passed, and then to totally transform them with no preseason to train them, […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 19th, 2016

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    Crying Shame, and Crying Out for Change

    Crying Shame, and Crying Out for Change

    By Paul Tomkins. This may be totally incomprehensible, as I wasn’t going to write it tonight, and had already taken a sleeping pill, given my sleep disorder. Often the pills take a while to kick in, but I think my extra adrenaline means that I’ve shot straight to totally spaced out, like the time, as […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 18th, 2016

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    The Final Reckoning: Klopp’s Reds After Glory

    The Final Reckoning: Klopp’s Reds After Glory

    By Paul Tomkins. Big games, and one-off occasions, alter perceptions more than anything. They can swing on small details, including luck, and the break of the ball. So all the clear improvements made under Jürgen Klopp should not be written off if the final doesn’t go the Reds’ way. This much is true: Liverpool are […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 16th, 2016

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    Jürgen Klopp, and Some Serious Decisions

    Jürgen Klopp, and Some Serious Decisions

    By Paul Tomkins. It’s often said, after a reasonable period of time, that a manager “should know his best team by now” – even in this age of large squads and interchangeability. But I think that, more or less, Jürgen Klopp has worked out his strongest XI, out of the squad he inherited – to […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on May 12th, 2016

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    Fireman, Cousin’s House, Original and Sturbridge

    Fireman, Cousin’s House, Original and Sturbridge

    By Paul Tomkins. With a trophy in the balance going into mid-May, as the Reds head for an incredible second final in Jürgen Klopp’s brief (but intense) tenure, there are various positives to take away from this season, but it strikes me that these four – Robert Fireman, Phillip Cousin’s House, Divan Original and Daniel […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    Posted on May 7th, 2016

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    Another European Final, Another Klopp Master Show

    Another European Final, Another Klopp Master Show

    By Paul Tomkins. Last week Villarreal made the big mistake of thinking they’d won the tie. But all they’d done is make themselves favourites going to Anfield, where Jürgen Klopp’s football is never better than when its metal, and has to be heavy. When Liverpool led 1-0 in the League Cup semi-final, it was easier […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 2nd, 2016

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    Crystal Balls to Liverpool’s 2015/16

    Crystal Balls to Liverpool’s 2015/16

    By Paul Tomkins. It’s the day after Liverpool’s frankly embarrassing 6-1 drubbing at Stoke; what feels like the lowest league point in years. It is on this Monday in 2015 that you meet a mischievous mystic in possession of a crystal ball – but obviously, being rational, you don’t trust such people. Still, they tell […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on April 26th, 2016

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    Fans Cleared of Wrongdoing; Fans Unlawfully Killed

    Fans Cleared of Wrongdoing; Fans Unlawfully Killed

    By Paul Tomkins. I didn’t prepare anything ahead of time, as I dare not even go there. There was a sense that no matter what was said in court, the findings would let the guilty off the hook. “Justice” often seems to work that way, with the powerful exonerated while the rest are left to […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 24th, 2016

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    Sakho, Psychos, Kings and Princes

    Sakho, Psychos, Kings and Princes

    By Paul Tomkins. While there has been clear progress made under Jürgen Klopp, the recent ride has not been without its moments of worry – and that’s before the issue of centre-backs and their ‘slimming’ pills. I think we can all agree that the squad he inherited now looks a lot better than any of […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    Posted on April 22nd, 2016

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    Liverpool FC’s Best Month In Years?

    Liverpool FC’s Best Month In Years?

    By Paul Tomkins. Okay, so it’s a bit longer than a month, but the 2nd of March to the 20th of April has to be up there with the best ‘months’ I can recall as a Liverpool fan, outside of the remarkable May months that have seen the biggest trophies won. No trophies have been […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 18th, 2016

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    What Is the Point of Football?

    What Is the Point of Football?

    By Paul Tomkins. What is the point of football? I’ve asked myself this question with increasing frequency in recent years, with the game becoming more and more about money, and perhaps in direct correlation, more and more about fan rage. Who does it ‘belong’ to? What do we expect from it? Why does anyone bother […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    Posted on April 15th, 2016

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    Bloody hell! Bloody bloody hell! 

    Bloody hell! Bloody bloody hell! 

    By Paul Tomkins. I’ve been arguing that this has ended up being an enjoyable season, despite (and partly because) of various challenges … but even with Klopp’s ability to eke the last drop of effort out of his players, and his constant ability to change games with players from the bench, I didn’t see “4-3” […]

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

    Posted on April 12th, 2016

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    Managers, and The Law of Diminishing Returns

    Managers, and The Law of Diminishing Returns

    By Paul Tomkins. Never go home, they say. Never return to where you had success. But is this true? It’s possible to think of several examples of managers struggling second time around at a club, but equally, there are those, like Jupp Heynckes, for whom things got even better upon their return. But what’s the […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 11th, 2016

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    Young, Red-Hot and Ready

    Young, Red-Hot and Ready

    By Paul Tomkins. Assuming that you’re here for an article on Liverpool FC, and not something from a very different kind of website, let me start by saying that it’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited by a crop of young Reds. I’ve got carried away with one or two young reserves […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on April 4th, 2016

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    Klopp and Liverpool’s 39th Step of Progress

    Klopp and Liverpool’s 39th Step of Progress

    By Paul Tomkins. Despite dropping points in the past two games from leading positions, Liverpool showed enough against Southampton – in a near-perfect first half – and Spurs (for the whole game) to suggest a team heading in the right direction. Progress is rarely linear. There will be downs as well as ups; form comes […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Site News, Subscribers Only

    Posted on March 30th, 2016

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    TTT Subscription Upgrade Target!

    TTT Subscription Upgrade Target!

    By Paul Tomkins. So far, just over 10% of TTTers are on the new subscription tariffs, and that’s very handy indeed; particularly those choosing to pay more than the asking rate (the special annual benefactor packages). After a few teething troubles, and a bit of re-coding, it seems like the whole process is now as […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on March 29th, 2016

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    Something Else For Me To Be Wrong About

    Something Else For Me To Be Wrong About

    By Paul Tomkins. This season looks like one big conspiracy to make me look like a complete idiot – not that I can’t accomplish that quite successfully on my own at times. No matter what I seem to write lately, something pops up to disprove it. As such, I thought I’d run through a few […]

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