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The Tomkins Times - Wed May 23 12:50 PM
These stats are 100% unofficial. I have had no formal training in how to collate them, but from years of working with football stats I have a pretty good idea of how they are gathered. Videos in this article are marked up for desktop only and are unlikely to work on other devices. The full video...
The Tomkins Times - Tue May 22 4:42 PM
By Harry Wicks (TTT Subscriber divilmint). I couldn’t sleep last night. Five nights to go and already I can’t sleep with the excitement. Thoughts buzzing round my mind too quick for me to catch them, neurons popping in the wee small hours that would otherwise be numb with slumber. Moving to the...
The Tomkins Times - Tue May 22 1:14 PM
The 25th of May should be a date that’s ingrained on every Liverpool supporter’s heart. The date we won Ol’ Big Ears twice, on arguably – no unarguably – the two most special occasions in our European history. The first one was – well, because it was the first one. May 25th 1977, Rome. The day Li...
The Tomkins Times - Mon May 21 12:37 PM
First of all let me say that, right now, this feels like Schrödinger’s Final. Such has been the wait – it will be two weeks without a game – that I haven’t allowed myself to contemplate the outcome for more than the most fleeting of moments, before I force myself to think of something else. Just...
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 18 3:57 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you some idea of the range of debate on the site and the type of articles published. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page....
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 18 12:19 PM
By Our Mystery Correspondent P.Dantic. If you were compiling a list of commentator catch-phrases, ‘If you’re looking for omens…..’ would be number 18. They mostly say ‘If you’re looking for omens…..’ before a game, while they’re busy filling and killing time ahead of any actual foot making any ac...
The Tomkins Times - Wed May 16 1:11 PM
I’ve heard it said – by Jonathan Wilson amongst others – that football managers usually only get a decade at the top. Indeed, I’d written a passage in my first book, back in 2005 (which at the time was about how Rafa Benítez was taking Liverpool into the modern age), discussing how the title-winn...
The Tomkins Times - Tue May 15 12:39 PM
By Chris Rowland, Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes, Ionut Apahideanu. Allez allez allez – there’s a certain match going on in Kiev (we’re going for the anglicised spelling rather than Kyiv!) on May 26th. Some site members may even be there (I might even be one of them – Ed!). Just in case you wanted...
The Tomkins Times - Sun May 13 7:54 PM
My deep-delves into data these past couple of years – which have bordered on obsessions – have shown that, actually, you need taller players to win a greater percentage of defensive headers (the little ‘uns can jump but it’s not the same); that referees are terrified of giving penalties to Liverp...
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 11 4:05 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you some idea of the range of debate on the site and the type of articles published. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page....
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 11 10:18 AM
Liverpool’s 2017/18 Premier League campaign draws to a close on Sunday with the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield; 3pm kick off UK time. Following Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday, the Reds need a single point to secure 4th place, due to a vastly superior goal difference c...
The Tomkins Times - Thu May 10 3:36 PM
This article uses data from Stratabet, which is different to the Opta stats which you will be familiar with. To see background information about the Stratabet data, please read my first article using it (here). Until recently, any thoughts of Liverpool playing with a back three tended to drift ba...
The Tomkins Times - Wed May 9 11:53 AM
By Our Mystery Correspondent P.Dantic. You may find yourself commenting on a football match And you may find yourself judging a referee’s decision And you may ask yourself ‘Was he right? Was he wrong?’ And you may say to your friend ‘Well, I’ve seen them given’ (almost courtesy of David Byrne and...
The Tomkins Times - Mon May 7 2:10 PM
How many English clubs have reached the Champions League final in the last seven seasons and also finished in the top four at the same time? None. Mostly because they haven’t reached the Champions League final, of course. But when Chelsea did way back in 2012, they finished 6th, despite having th...
The Tomkins Times - Mon May 7 10:31 AM
By TTT Subscriber Richard Thorp. Like many football fans these days I don’t manage to get to too many games. I’ve only sat in the Kop once, and only seen three games at Anfield due to time/money/life constraints. I’ll always remember the chill of singing You’ll Never Walk Alone for the first time...
The Tomkins Times - Sun May 6 11:00 AM
By TTT subscriber Leftfooter. THE BUILD UP A big part of the attraction of being a freelancer is that it doesn’t require much manoeuvring to set the wheels in motion when any event of interest pops up on the sporting calendar. Thus it was in December when a friend messaged me ‘Liverpool playing 3...
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 4 4:29 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you some idea of the range of debate on the site and the type of articles published. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page....
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 4 1:59 PM
By TTT subscriber Allen Baynes “We didn’t win a raffle to get here”, so Jordan so rightly said. That demonstrated to me a) why he is captain and b) he/ they believe that we can do it. Not a shred of doubt and neither did I have before the City game. But, this is Roma, like us they must …
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 4 12:12 PM
By Gary Fulcher 2018 Champions League finalists (!!!!!!) Liverpool face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – 4.30pm kick off UK time – knowing that even a defeat would still leave our Champions League qualification for next season (via the league) in our own hands so long as we beat Brighton at...
The Tomkins Times - Wed May 2 11:43 PM
Before people get too pissy about Jürgen Klopp losing his last five cup finals – noted as soon as the Reds reach the Champions League final – consider the efforts to get his teams there. Liverpool were around 30-1 outsiders to win the Champions League in August, and his young side – average age o...
The Tomkins Times - Tue May 1 11:16 AM
Well that was annoying, wasn’t it? Liverpool basically had two feet in the final when they were 5-0 up against Roma at Anfield last Tuesday, but by conceding two goals they gave the Italians an outside chance of knocking them out. Chances of progressing after result of first leg, based on histori...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Apr 30 5:04 PM
The irresistible force meets the immovable object on Wednesday evening at the Stadio Olimpico – 7.45pm kick off UK time – with Roma yet to concede a goal at home in the Champions League this season, while Liverpool have scored in all six of their previous away matches, plundering 20 goals on thei...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Apr 30 11:29 AM
By Andrew Fanko. When my brother Martyn and I step outside at 7:45 on Saturday morning, there is a nip in the air that is more suggestive of early February than the final few days of April. I’ve definitely been to games in t-shirt and shorts at this time of year, but today we are both wrapped up...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Apr 27 2:49 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The idea of this round-up is to give you some idea of the range of debate on the site and the type of articles published. If you’d like to be part of our troll-free community, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the very bottom of the page....
The Tomkins Times - Thu Apr 26 7:10 PM
By TTT Subscriber John Cheung. NOTE FROM PT: John submitted this piece hours before the Roma game, as a celebration of what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was offering the Reds. Alas, it’s now turned into a case of examining what Liverpool will miss – but also a celebration of a fine first season. A few...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Apr 26 12:33 PM
By TTT Subscriber Nari Singh Friday 13th April: The Semi Final Draw. God the build up is awful isn’t it! The announcement came, Liverpool V Roma. I was excited. It was daddy day care so my son wanted to know what I was watching on the IPad and why it wasn’t Paw-Patrol. That evening, I got a cal...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Apr 26 12:33 PM
By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. Paul Lambert’s relegation-threatened Potters arrive at Anfield for another lunchtime kick off, 12.30pm UK time. With Liverpool just 4 points shy of guaranteed Champions League football next season after the 2-2 draw at West Brom, this is a crucial game for both...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Apr 25 5:14 PM
By Torbjorn Eriksen (TTT Subscriber Tgeriksen). To give you a broader background of my day at the match, I must begin the report on Saturday in Oslo. Baggies-boys early afternoon and then late night concert with The Waterboys, Mike Scott of course being my second Scottish hero of the 1980s, and p...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Apr 25 11:30 AM
The future of football. A young Liverpool side, average age 24 – the youngest in the Premier League. Fast. Super-fast; Jürgen Klopp’s wonderful blitzkrieg with beauty. Lightning war on steroids, thunderbolt football on fast forward. Flawed, yes; it’s “all inclusive football”, as Klopp said – wart...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Apr 23 4:57 PM
By TTT Subscriber Jonathan Davies. “Oi Jono, I’ve got 4 tickets for the West Brom game mate, knobhead let me down after I got the tickets, y’am fancy coming?” Hell yes, how many and how much? Two days and £98 later the tickets arrive, West Brom v Liverpool five days before my 41st birthday. My w...