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

    Posted on January 29th, 2016

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    Why Would A Top Player Choose Liverpool FC?

    Why Would A Top Player Choose Liverpool FC?

    By Paul Tomkins. Many of my better ideas come from Twitter – often through someone saying something amazingly stupid and/or annoying to me, which sparks a thought process that might not have otherwise  naturally occurred. This happened again recently, when someone messaged me to say that, with the new TV deal, Liverpool should now be [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Tomkins Rants

    Posted on January 24th, 2016

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    Release LFC’s Midgets From the Sex Dungeon

    Release LFC’s Midgets From the Sex Dungeon

    By Paul Tomkins. Believe me – I desperately wanted to drop the height issue, but what I have said on the subject has been picked up elsewhere and misrepresented (or misunderstood), including on Sky TV. I’ve got articles about other issues lined up, but for now, consider this the ramblings of a man driven to shouting, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Subscribers Only

    Posted on January 21st, 2016

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    Jürgen Klopp and his Seven Dwarfs

    Jürgen Klopp and his Seven Dwarfs

    By Paul Tomkins. In recent weeks I’ve been looking at what Liverpool have been lacking in physical terms. The more I delve into it (as you will see), the more convinced I am that it’s a serious issue. This is not to say that it’s the only issue: there are always many factors at work, [...]

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

    Posted on January 17th, 2016

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    Klopp Given the Smallest Liverpool Squad Ever?

    Klopp Given the Smallest Liverpool Squad Ever?

    By Paul Tomkins. Based on the evidence of the past hundred-and-two days I haven’t shifted from my opinion that Jürgen Klopp inherited the core of a talented young squad that could, in time, go places; nor that it was imbalanced in a number of ways, and that it would only go places once those imbalances [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, The Big read

    Posted on January 4th, 2016

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    Time To Give Up On Klopp?

    Time To Give Up On Klopp?

    By Paul Tomkins. With no magic wand, why are we even bothering with Jürgen Klopp? Wasn’t he supposed to have fixed everything by now? What’s he waiting for? As I saw on the BBC website, some Liverpool fans are saying that the football is even worse than under Brendan Rodgers; indeed, someone said it to [...]

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

    Posted on December 28th, 2015

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    Rock-Paper-Scissors: A Brutal, Cutting League

    Rock-Paper-Scissors: A Brutal, Cutting League

    By Paul Tomkins. It’s fair to say that I don’t watch enough of the world’s other leagues to make a definitively accurate comparison, but the more I think about it (from inside my bubble) the more it strikes me that the English Premier League’s unique challenges lay not in the quality of the teams and [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 20th, 2015

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    Klopp: Saviour, Not Magician

    Klopp: Saviour, Not Magician

    By Paul Tomkins. The role, impact and influence of the modern manager becomes ever more intriguing. Even in just the past ten years we’ve seen so much change: increased player power, and along with social media, decreased fan patience. There are frequent hysterias to get rid of managers, but also over their appointments in the [...]

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

    Posted on December 17th, 2015

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    The Best Value Managers in the Premier League Era

    The Best Value Managers in the Premier League Era

    By Paul Tomkins. So, how do Premier League managers perform against expectations? PART ONE League Form While this is a Liverpool FC website, this piece has something for the fans of most Premier League clubs. There is still a slightly greater emphasis on Liverpool, but it’s an unbiased assessment of performance over the past dozen [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 13th, 2015

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    Klopp, and Building a Team in Stages

    Klopp, and Building a Team in Stages

    By Paul Tomkins. Jürgen Klopp knows that to stand any chance of success he has to have Anfield rocking. He’d already mentioned about fans needing to stay to the end, although not as a criticism – but it seems to have made people justifiably question why they go to all the effort and expense and [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on December 7th, 2015

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    Liverpool – The Questions of Quality and Consistency

    Liverpool – The Questions of Quality and Consistency

    By Paul Tomkins. The idea that Liverpool were going to be faultless for the rest of the season, even with Jürgen Klopp in charge, was always fanciful. Klopp has had an incredible impact, but he can’t turn water into wine. With no one running away with the title, it automatically feels like the best chance [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on December 5th, 2015

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    Germanic, Teutonic, Bionic, Supersonic

    Germanic, Teutonic, Bionic, Supersonic

    By Paul Tomkins. Fußball, eh? It’s a funny old game. I write this wearing lederhosen (just lederhosen), with a big smile on my face. In footballing terms, spring has come. Unfortunately I don’t speak a single word of German, but Jürgen Klopp has certainly captured the zeitgeist. Just before Liverpool’s new meister arrived, morale was [...]

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

    Posted on November 30th, 2015

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    Can Liverpool Win the League?

    Can Liverpool Win the League?

    By Paul Tomkins. Part One Can Liverpool Win the League? Nearing the halfway mark of the season, rumblings about Liverpool winning the title have begun – this despite a fairly poor start to the campaign. The fact remains that Liverpool are just six points off the top, having already played their seven most testing away [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 22nd, 2015

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    Klopp to Build Super Team Free of Superstars

    Klopp to Build Super Team Free of Superstars

    By Paul Tomkins. If there’s one thing we gleaned from Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Chelsea, and the even more impressive 4-1 dismantling of Manchester City this weekend, it’s that the team ethic Klopp promised to bring from Dortmund is in full effect. Some changes take time, and intensive training, to implement. Others can be more [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 20th, 2015

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    Sterling, Loyalty and Winning With Klopp

    Sterling, Loyalty and Winning With Klopp

    By Paul Tomkins. No fan likes seeing one of their beloved club’s best players leave. And while there probably is a right and a wrong way to make an exit, it’s not always that simple in terms of how it will affect perceptions. However, if there is a wrong way – a way that fans [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Subscribers Only

    Posted on November 9th, 2015

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    Allow Klopp the Freedom to Do It His Way

    Allow Klopp the Freedom to Do It His Way

    By Paul Tomkins. We’ve all got theories on the right and wrong ways to manage a football club, especially if it’s the club we support. We can mock the fans of other clubs when they get all high and mighty, but each set of supporters has its own requirements. At times these expectations may be [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on November 1st, 2015

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    The Normal One 3, the Petulant One 1

    The Normal One 3, the Petulant One 1

    By Paul Tomkins Jose Mourinho has won everything and been feted by a (mostly) fawning British press over the past decade; with a fair bit of that praise obviously merited. So it’s refreshing to see him unable to arrest a shocking decline – looking as clueless as every other manager who has suffered serious setbacks. [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 26th, 2015

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    How Much Time Will Klopp Need?

    How Much Time Will Klopp Need?

    By Paul Tomkins. While Jürgen Klopp’s impact was clear against Spurs, the idea that he’d turn things around overnight was obviously ludicrous. Some kind of bounce might have been expected (although research suggests that the managerial bounce might not be as clear cut as previously believed). Klopp’s appointment was incredibly exciting, and I, like many [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 20th, 2015

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    Klopp’s Influence Already Clear

    Klopp’s Influence Already Clear

    By Paul Tomkins. Jürgen Klopp’s first game ended up being a largely unremarkable contest, after an incredible week of hype and giddy expectations. The net result was yet another draw for Liverpool. It did nothing to prove that Klopp walks on water, and there was also nothing to suggest his task will be much harder [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 14th, 2015

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    Liverpool FC + Klopp = Dynamite

    Liverpool FC + Klopp = Dynamite

    By Paul Tomkins. If you’re a Liverpool fan like me you’ll probably have read several dozen articles on Jürgen Klopp in the past week, as well as sitting through various YouTube clips and listening to a number of podcasts (including TTT’s tactical pod), imbibing every last detail. You might even have had lucid dreams about [...]

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

    Posted on October 11th, 2015

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    Klopptimism – How Jürgen Can Beat “Par”

    Klopptimism – How Jürgen Can Beat “Par”

    By Paul Tomkins. Liverpool now have the right tools for success: a good scouting and analytics set-up (if used correctly – more on that later) and a world-class manager. And while the club still lacks the financial might of its rivals, it now has an exciting level of ambition, and the optimism to back it [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 9th, 2015

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    Premature Ejaculations Over Jürgen Klopp

    Premature Ejaculations Over Jürgen Klopp

    By Paul Tomkins. Things had got so dispiriting that Liverpool FC needed a lift more urgently than Harry Redknapp’s face*. And the appointment of Jürgen Klopp – confirmed just minutes ago – is the biggest lift the club has had in over a decade. (*This is one of those lines that I feel must have [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 7th, 2015

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    Liverpool Need To Stay Out of the Dark Ages

    Liverpool Need To Stay Out of the Dark Ages

    By Paul Tomkins. I’ve recently had some sympathy for Neil Ashton of The Daily Mail, given that he is suffering from Bell’s Palsy and continues to present the Sunday Supplement (which I often enjoy, albeit depending on the quality of the guests – and usually, the less ‘tabloid’ they are the better). He has to [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 6th, 2015

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    Kop to Cop Klopp? – “Clap Clap!”

    Kop to Cop Klopp? – “Clap Clap!”

    By Paul Tomkins. First of all, apologies for the tabloid headline. I thought it would be best to get it out of the way now. Let’s hope he doesn’t flop, hop, or go pop. It seems nailed-on that Liverpool will announce Jurgen Klopp as their boss – possibly before the end of this week. After [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 5th, 2015

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    Liverpool Need A Proven Winner (Like Klopp)

    Liverpool Need A Proven Winner (Like Klopp)

    By Paul Tomkins. My main worry with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers three years ago, and an argument I made until about halfway through the 2013/14 season – when I started to “believe” – was that Liverpool needed a proven winner. It’s a job that comes with a lot of pressure, and while proof of [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on October 4th, 2015

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    Rodgers Sacked. Why? And Where Next?

    Rodgers Sacked. Why? And Where Next?

    By Paul Tomkins. The famous Benjamin Franklin quote is that Guests are like fish – they begin to smell after three days. Maybe with managers it’s three seasons. Even plenty of managers themselves admit that after three years they’ve said everything they can possibly say; used every trick in the book. Managers that last longer [...]

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