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The Tomkins Times - Wed Jul 25 11:47 AM
It’s always wrong to think you have won the transfer window; remember Everton in 2017? But looking back, did that even make much sense at the time (other than to Richard Keys), buying three slow no.10s? Had anyone seen Wayne Rooney – once without doubt the best British striker, by then a plodding...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jul 24 11:07 AM
By TTT Subscriber Yiannis. This detailed examination of our squad came in response to our article ‘Who Do The Reds Still Need To Sign This Summer?’. It was described as “a Tour de force”, “a brilliant post” and “a proper piece of TTT thinking” . To me the issue isn’t who we need to sign or even w...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jul 23 12:38 PM
By various. Matthew Robb (TTT Subscriber Rafaisthebosphorus): I think as well as a keeper, which is done, we’re in for a #10. I’d sacrifice our #10 for a false 9. Before we go any further, I think that the first XI as is as good as any we’ve had since 2007 and the squad is better. But, FSG & Klo...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jul 20 4:24 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Slick Mud appeals for some...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jul 20 12:34 PM
Around the turn of the year Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation was a bit of mess: Mignolet failed to continue with the form he’d shown at the end of the 2016/17 season – and Karius was only being used in the cup games. During the January window the Reds were linked repeatedly with AS Roma’s Brazil...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Jul 19 2:39 PM
While he isn’t yet confirmed (and let’s hope his knees are in better shape than Nabil Fekir’s), it seems that Alisson Becker is to become Liverpool’s new goalkeeper, in what is a world record in un-inflated terms, but with the vital addition of inflation, only a third of what Juventus paid for Gi...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jul 18 11:48 AM
It won’t be breaking news to you that Liverpool have lodged a £62m bid for Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker. It’s all over social media, and all the reliable journos are reporting it. The fact Paul Joyce started following Alisson on Twitter was proof enough for some that a deal was done. He al...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jul 16 11:00 AM
In part one of this article we narrowed down a huge sample of players on the Wyscout database to a select group of thirteen of players – using Nabil Fekir’s key strengths as the statistical filter to find other players with similar profiles to the Frenchman. Before we try to whittle the list down...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jul 13 9:24 PM
It’s an old joke, of course. Her breasts are small and humble so that you don’t confuse them with mountains, apparently. Ah, Shakira Shakira. Also extremely small, but allegedly not so humble, is Xherdan Shaqiri, a man wider than he is tall; a man mountain scaled down to a man molehill. Neither o...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jul 13 5:20 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Stevenson1988 had this to...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jul 10 12:26 PM
Part One: There was a large buzz of excitement. Many – even in the local press core – claimed the transfer was done; and having seen footage of the player doing the interviews for LFCTV leaked onto the interwebs, it’s fair to say the completion of the deal for Liverpool to sign Nabil Fekir was ab...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Jul 8 2:25 PM
In February I wrote a guest piece for the fine folk at Redmen TV (a piece included in the latest TTT book on last season, “Boom!: How Jürgen Klopp’s Explosive Liverpool Thrilled Europe”) that sang, in some detail, the praises of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, shortly before they had such impr...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jul 6 2:08 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Ding is not so concerned b...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jul 4 12:41 PM
The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us. Regardless of your thoughts on international football, the World Cup usually holds something of interest for us, if only for the Reds involved. It all kicks off – hopefully not in THAT sense – on Thursday 14th June, when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia at 16.0...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jul 4 12:15 PM
“A celebration of self-delusion” That’s the subheading for David McRaney’s website, which came about after the release of his first book in 2012: “You Are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook And 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself“. The we...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jul 3 11:34 AM
Part 3 – Attack Having considerably improved Liverpool’s attacking output in 2016/17 (scoring 26% more goals per game), it was a tough ask to do so again this season, but the manager and his team managed it comfortably. They famously scored more goals in a Champions League campaign (47) than any...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jul 2 1:33 PM
While we don’t yet quite know how Naby Keita will fit into Jürgen Klopp’s tactical system – or even if he will have a consistent position, given the flexibility of so many players (and Keita’s only wide range of skills) – it’s clear that he has the potential to score a lot of goals. I’m always ke...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jun 29 2:59 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Beez on representing The T...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Jun 28 11:23 AM
By Our Mystery Correspondent P.Dantic. To conclude the series, our Measured Ranter takes his Gatling gun to a whole range of commentator nonsenses; they’re short, and it’s the last one, see, geddit? 😉 – Ed: ‘They’ve started with real intent’ Think about it. Are there teams out there that start wi...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jun 27 12:30 PM
By Andrew Fanko (TTT Subscriber arisesirrafa). Part 2 – Midfield It’s been an odd year, I think, for Liverpool’s engine room. The captain continues to divide the fan base, we’ve known pretty much all along that Can would be leaving, our best player (arguably) did leave halfway through the campaig...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jun 26 1:51 PM
I spent a lot of last season mystified by the refusal of referees to give Liverpool penalties in an ever-increasingly ludicrous fashion. By the end of the season it got to the point where the Reds were averaging one horrific decision against them per match. The World Cup has brought the issue int...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jun 25 11:50 AM
By Andrew Fanko. Goalkeepers and Defence Oh yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. The dust has just about settled on events in Kiev, and while it was clearly a disappointing finale to the campaign, the Reds produced some scintillating football in 2017/18. It’s notoriously difficult to go dee...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jun 22 5:24 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Ahead of England’s first W...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jun 22 1:56 PM
The phrase “Have Your Say” sends a shiver down my spine. An uncontrollable reaction to the realisation that a major broadcaster has just asked for the views of the masses. Thankfully, that doesn’t apply here, and hopefully after reading David’s superb summary of the various academy players, and t...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Jun 21 2:16 PM
By David Fitzgerald (TTT Subscriber Madchenkliop). There’s been so much movement – out on loan, between the age groups at the Academy, Jürgen Klopp dipping in to steal a few players away, international escapades, coaches such as a certain Stevie G have come and gone and Pep Lijnders moved up a le...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jun 20 11:29 AM
By Luke Glassford of Cute Injury. Injuries are of course part and parcel of football injuries and extremely common. Injuries have the potential to derail a club’s season or ruin their chances of silverware. But how prevalent are injuries in the Premier League, and which teams have the worst luck...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Jun 17 1:31 PM
The following is an excerpt from my Introduction to the Tomkins Times’ book “Boom! How Jürgen Klopp’s Explosive Liverpool Thrilled Europe”. Details of how to buy the book follow at the foot of the excerpt. Step This Way… A time machine awaits; enter, if you will, and head back to the summer of 20...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jun 15 5:03 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you all some idea of the range of debate on the site. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page. 1 – Mobykidz on knee injuries,...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jun 15 12:00 PM
While many will remember the 2017/18 season for the Champions League run to the final, and righty so, in the strange world of stupid fans and pundits there have been claims of “no progress” aimed at Klopp. The list of reasons why this is nonsense should be patently obvious to anyone frequenting t...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Jun 14 9:00 AM
The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us. Regardless of your thoughts on international football, the World Cup usually holds something of interest for us, if only for the Reds involved. It all kicks off – hopefully not in THAT sense – on Thursday 14th June, when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia at 16.0...