• Free, Should They Stay or Should They Go?

    Posted on July 27th, 2016

    Written by Krishaldo

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    STSOSTG – The Verdict (with TTT Player Values)

    STSOSTG – The Verdict (with TTT Player Values)

    By Krishen Bhautoo. This is a short piece to round up the results of the excellently put together series of review pieces by Andrew Fanko last month (with a little bit of added data on the valuations TTTers put on our squad). Firstly, massive thanks to Andrew for putting those articles together. I look forward […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on July 17th, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 […]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on July 14th, 2016

    Written by Beez

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    Liverpool and Expected Goals

    Liverpool and Expected Goals

    I’m sure by now you’re familiar with the concept of expected goals (or xG or ExpG for short). Each shot a team takes and concedes is assigned a value based on the historic likelihood of it being scored. I thought I’d get in on the act by making a system too, though more for my […]

  • Free, Interactive, Talking Point

    Posted on July 11th, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Comment of the Month – The Article!

    Comment of the Month – The Article!

    On June 6th, The Tomkins Times subscriber and contributor Tony Mckenna (macattack) produced this epic comment exploring the benefits of giving a manager enough time. It won the inaugural TTT Comment of the Month competition resoundingly, despite stiff competition from other great comments. Here it is again, reproduced in its entirety as a stand-alone article: Liverpool Local Radio Announcement July […]

  • Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on July 7th, 2016

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    Why Size Doesn’t Always Matter

    Why Size Doesn’t Always Matter

    By Dan Kennett. As the traditional photos emerged following the start of pre-season training, one thing immediately struck me: we have lots and lots of footballers at Liverpool. And this isn’t even including all the players still on summer holidays or involved at the Euros! The next thing that struck me is that if all […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on July 4th, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 […]

  • Comment of the Month, Featured, Free, Interactive

    Posted on July 1st, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Comment of the Month – June 2016

    Comment of the Month – June 2016

    By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. Here’s the first of our new monthly competition to reward the best comment from a selected shortlist of brilliant comments that appeared on TTT during the month. Vote below – the winner gets a glittering trophy to raise aloft before their adoring fans, and a £20 electronic voucher. Comments: Mik […]

  • Featured, Free, Scouting, Subscribers Only

    Posted on June 28th, 2016

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Scouting Sadio: Is He the Right Mané?

    Scouting Sadio: Is He the Right Mané?

    By Daniel Rhodes.  Seems futile writing a scouting article about a player we’ve signed, especially when the club seem to be employing the best Southampton scouts, by paying a huge premium on transfer fees once they’ve established themselves on the south coast. Holding my hands up, and I’m not going down the fume route at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Featured, Free, Scouting, Subscribers Only

    Posted on June 22nd, 2016

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Scouting: Reds’ New Signing Matip, and Lovren

    Scouting: Reds’ New Signing Matip, and Lovren

    By Daniel Rhodes. While Liverpool fans in the past few days have been subjected to rumourmongering links for Andros Townsend and Paul Pogba, who exist on opposite ends of the Dream Player Scale, it seems to have been forgotten by many that we’ve actually signed three players already. The Tomkins Times will be using professional scouting […]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Tactics

    Posted on June 20th, 2016

    Written by Mihail Vladimirov

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    Talking Tactics – The Book! The Podcast!

    Talking Tactics – The Book! The Podcast!

    You’ll Never Look at Football the Same Way Again By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov I was reading Mihail’s post match in-depth tactical analysis on The Tomkins Times each week with both awe and fascination. Yes, it was ‘obvious’ now he’d explained it, but I’m sure that it wasn’t ‘obvious’ when I was watching the […]

  • End of Season Player Review, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 13th, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How Was Their Season? No.17: Martin Skrtel

    How Was Their Season? No.17: Martin Skrtel

    By TTT Subscriber Anthony Stanley. He’s always been a bit of an enigma, has our (for now) Slovakian defender. A walking paradox who physically looks like he could give Ivan Drago a go in the boxing ring and yet ends up been bullied and dominated by jobbing centre forwards. A scorer of sometimes vital goals […]

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

    Posted on June 9th, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Is It Time For Reds To Reassess Roy Hodgson?

    Is It Time For Reds To Reassess Roy Hodgson?

    No.

  • Chris Rowland, End of Season Player Review, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 8th, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How Was Their Season? No.15 – Christian Benteke

    How Was Their Season? No.15 – Christian Benteke

    By Chris Rowland. There was once a Liverpool striker who was a magnificent physical specimen. A beast no defender would be able to bully. In fact the reverse would seem more likely. He could shrug them aside as if swatting a fly. Trouble was, his mental approach didn’t match his physique. A timid boy trapped in a man’s body. A tiger […]

  • End of Season Player Review, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 7th, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How Was Their Season? No 14: Jordan Henderson

    How Was Their Season? No 14: Jordan Henderson

    By TTT Subscriber Dan Kennett. Plantar fasciitis.  Two words that have dominated Jordan Henderson’s season and two words that make a season review challenging. An injury that has plagued some of the world’s biggest sports stars: Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Albert Pujols, Drew Brees, Shaquille O’Neal. The biggest concern with such an injury is the cognitive bias […]

  • End of Season Player Review, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 2nd, 2016

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    How Was Their Season? No 9: Adam Lallana

    How Was Their Season? No 9: Adam Lallana

    Deciphering Duality By Alexander Papas (TTT Subscriber Yiannis). How do you solve the riddle of Adam Lallana? Until recently this was a real conundrum. Possessing arguably the best technique and touch of the whole squad – perhaps even better than our two Brazilian maestros – but also capable of outrageous mis-kicks; having a great engine […]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on June 1st, 2016

    Written by Graeme Riley

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    Flukey Foxes, Lucky Leicester or Clinical City?

    Flukey Foxes, Lucky Leicester or Clinical City?

    By TTT Subscriber Graeme Riley. Setting the scene (All figures quoted are in 2015-2016 TPI values) For those not familiar with the concept of TPI, since 2010 I have been capturing data on all players in the Premier League including their transfer values paid. By comparing the average transfer from one season to the next […]

  • End of Season Player Review, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on May 29th, 2016

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How Was Their Season? No 7: Daniel Sturridge

    How Was Their Season? No 7: Daniel Sturridge

    By TTT Subscriber Si Steers. At the very top of his game, Daniel Sturridge is one of the top strikers in European football. His rapid growth as a player at Liverpool has stalled in the past 12 months as injury, fitness and form have combined to leave him a peripheral figure at times. The added […]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Free, The Big read

    Posted on May 20th, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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, Free, Tomkins Smokes A Cigar

    Posted on May 7th, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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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 […]

  • Exclusive, Featured, Free, Guest Writer

    Posted on May 1st, 2016

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    A Doctor at Hillsborough, by Neil Dunkin

    Although he lived in Glasgow and worked as a GP in Lanarkshire, Dr Phillips, 34, had been born and bred in Huyton, Merseyside. A devoted Liverpool supporter, he had achieved the Holy Grail of every fan by obtaining a season ticket for Anfield and travelled down religiously to see the Reds.

  • Featured, Free, LFC History

    Posted on April 26th, 2016

    Written by Bob

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    Hillsborough Heroes and the ‘Silent’ David Cameron

    Hillsborough Heroes and the ‘Silent’ David Cameron

    There’s another campaign to fight over Hillsborough – and TTT stalwart Bob Pearce has been fighting it for years. These are extracts from the series of 20 letters he’s sent to the Prime Minister over the last few years asking him the same question:  Do you agree that the actions of the ordinary men and women at […]

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