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The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 11 5:40 PM
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Anfield derby, one reason or another. It always gets me tingling, in a way quite different to the Utd match, less negative, less dominated by the utter fear of losing, more excited by the occasion. A 2.15 kick off isn’t the worst either, for a Sunday,...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 11 10:51 AM
What a huge game for Liverpool this was. The biggest of the season. Yes, while Everton crashed out of the Europa League with a dead-rubber in Cyprus (resting their entire first XI, and indeed, their manager, by not even travelling), Liverpool had a vital Champions League qualifier to attend to. I...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 11 10:42 AM
Since launching in 2009, we have given away almost 1, 000 pieces of writing as Free or Part-Free articles. From now until the rest of the season, however, everything we publish will be subscriber-only. Obviously a lot of writing on the internet is free. But to run a website, employ people and mak...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 11 7:35 AM
Usually, having slept after a poor result and looked at the underlying stats, it helps calm the frustration. Not with this one. Not after seeing three big chances, 23 shots and ten inside the Everton penalty area. Not after seeing domination on all the xG maps and models. Not after finding out we...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 8 3:54 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – Stevenson1988 on Firmino’s work rate: I don’t know whether anyone watched the final of the Rugby League World Cup? In the last few seconds England had a great chance to score, but the winger opted to kick through rather than pass...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 8 12:46 PM
The first Merseyside derby of the season is at Anfield on Sunday – 2.15pm kick off UK time – with the Toffees now under the guidance of former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Tesco and Crystal Palace manager; ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce. This will be the 197th league meeting...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 8 10:47 AM
By Anthony Stanley Shane Clancy, writing for The Anfield Index: “As I settled into the early chapters I just couldn’t put it down – the tales of the Roy Evans era, followed by Houllier’s entrance, Stevie Gerrard, the treble-winning season in ‘01, Houllier’s heart scare (which by Anthony’s account...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Dec 7 3:18 PM
While using war terminology outside of a conflict can seem fatuous – especially about a German (don’t mention the war) – Liverpool’s wonderfully modern, cosmopolitan side can be described using two key words from WWII: “bombing” (as in, bombing on, bombing forward); and blitzkrieg, the German ter...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Dec 7 12:47 PM
By David Perkins (Stevenson1988) When my dad (middle name Stevenson) died in 1988, he was a member of the Executive Club at Anfield. His mate bought his membership from my mum for £1, 250 – a hell of a lot of money back then. Her comment was: “bloody hell, I never begrudged him his football, b...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Dec 7 6:53 AM
Six big chances (is that all?!), seven goals, top of the group unbeaten, most goals by an English side ever in the group stage – and we probably should have won all six matches. We need to savour this team. It is special. The rest of this article is for subscribers only.
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 6 11:56 AM
Although the title suggests these articles are weekly, it actually indicates how far through the season we are at the time of writing. In fact they will be once a month. For a full explanation of how the radars are calculated, please see the opening article in the series. Want to make your own ra...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Dec 5 12:53 PM
Liverpool’s Champions League fate lies in their own hands when they face Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday evening; 7.45pm kick off UK time. A draw would guarantee us qualification to the last 16, while a win would see us qualify as group winners, which would give us the advantage of the sec...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 4 12:12 PM
By our Mystery Correspondent Per Dantic. The commentators love saying ‘From Hero to Zero’. They do it to show how a player can be transported from one extreme to the other. From the highest of high up heights to the deepest of deep down depths. Just like in ‘Snakes and Ladders’. This player has p...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 3 11:37 AM
By Kris Patterson (TTT Subscriber krisbuddies). A bit of background on me before I go onto the Stoke game. 33 years old, son to an avid Everton-supporting dad with a season ticket for 30 years+! Happily for me, I was taken to my first ever live game by my granddad on my mum’s side, a huge Liverpo...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 3 9:55 AM
This is one of those games when you watch it, see a huge five-one victory – but when you look at the underlying stats it tells a different story. This was a fairly even game, especially when you consider the save Mignolet made at 2-0 when went up the other end. Big Chances: two each Expected Goal...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Dec 2 6:22 PM
Liverpool finally got some luck last week. This week the football gods had to send down an absolute turd of a decision, at a time when the Reds had one fit/healthy centre-back. Thankfully the Reds’ counterattacking was so sharp and fast that the dull-headed official couldn’t ruin yet another high...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 1 2:37 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – Leifur Geir says we should have fun this season: because at the moment it ‘feels’ like we have to always play at our best to win, and that isn’t sustainable over a whole season. I respectfully disagree. The last part of last seaso...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 1 11:52 AM
Statistics and odds correct up to 1st December 2017. Mohamed Salah has made an incredible start to his Liverpool career, and is already the Reds’ top scorer for any of the four seasons since Luis Suárez left the club. With twelve league goals under his belt, he is also currently the Premier Leagu...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 30 2:43 PM
Two-and-a-half years ago, Liverpool lost 6-1 at Stoke. It appears to have hurt less than drawing 3-3 in Seville, or 1-1 against Chelsea. Last night the Reds – or Oranges – won 3-0. The big difference between the weekend’s disappointment and last night’s joy and relief was … a bit of luck. I’ve be...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 30 12:24 PM
Liverpool kick off a hectic December with a trip to the AMEX Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon – 3pm kick off UK time – in a month when the Reds play no fewer than eight matches. The Seagulls have lost just once at home in the league – a 0-2 defeat against Man City on...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 30 7:41 AM
Plenty of rotation, dropping Salah, and Coutinho! Who does Klopp think he is? Away at Stoke? We need need three points! Or… rotation over the last two games, with a huge amount of matches coming up in a short space of time, and a victory when we had FIVE big chances and close to 3.0 xG. Yes, Mign...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Nov 29 12:05 PM
We are the Clean Sheet Kings! The cleanest sheets in the whole league … if you ignore the other eight games when we conceded about 84 goals. What about defensive errors? Surely we are top of that particular league? Well, here are the figures compared to our rivals. Total Errors (Errors that led t...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 28 12:41 PM
The weather forecast for Stoke-on-Trent for Wednesday is around 4c and cloudy so we’ll soon find out if Mo Salah can produce the goods “on a cold and wet cloudy Wednesday evening in Stoke” (barring rotation) when the Reds travel to the bet365 Stadium – 8pm kick off UK time -to face Mark Hughes’ s...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 27 7:12 PM
Okay, this is getting a little insane. I’m hearing more of people thinking that Jürgen Klopp has to go, that Liverpool are going backwards. This is lunacy. Comparing Klopp’s tenure with the whole of Brendan Rodgers’ doesn’t look so great for the German; there’s not much between them, at 50% vs 51...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 27 11:52 AM
By Andrew Potter (TTT Subscriber Andklopp). I don’t want this to sound boastful but due to unbelievably good luck I was at the game yesterday, in the Directors Box (now known as the Boardroom). Before I describe what it was like, I want to establish some credibility. I am a scouser, went to a sec...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Nov 26 12:01 PM
Yes, Liverpool threw away a three-goal lead in the week. And yes, the final moments in Seville were as scary as Cher in a high-crotch leotard. But it was away, in the Champions League, to Sevilla; not at home to some promoted Premier League dross. Yes, Liverpool ended up drawing with Chelsea, but...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Nov 26 8:15 AM
It always feels incredibly frustrating when the opposition score a fortunate goal that was meant to be a cross that just floats over Mignolet’s in slow motion. As you will see below, the post-match stats are a little contradictory (which is why we probably should not use individual match xG figur...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 24 2:09 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – Kloppy D, the day after David Moyes’ first game and defeat as manager of West Ham: I think Moyes has taken West Ham as far as he can. 2 – Stevenson1988 on video technology: The problem is that the dinosaurs of FIFA have fought aga...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 23 12:53 PM
It’s Liverpool v Chelsea for Saturday’s late kick off – 5.30pm kick off UK time – and most Reds will be glad it’s at Anfield given the differences in results and performances for Klopp’s side on home soil compared to their travels. In 11 matches domestically and in Europe so far this season, Live...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 23 12:53 PM
Data correct up to games played on 19th November 2017. After the fourth round of matches in this season’s Champions League group stage, I compiled the expected goal (‘xG’) data for the tournament from FiveThirtyEight. Doing so revealed Liverpool had the best xG difference of all 32 teams. Of cour...