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The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 19 12:09 PM
When your boss describes a statistic you’ve quoted about the accuracy of referees as “nonsense” then the only way to settle it is by rolling the sleeves up and doing some old-fashioned research. To start, let’s take a look at the particular numbers in question, from the article quoting the 98% ac...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 16 3:51 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. This gives 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 it, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the top of the page. 1 – Tony Mckenna (macattack) on Leicester, doing things...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 16 10:16 AM
By TTT subscriber Grover. When Liverpool were drawn against Porto in December, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to see my beloved Reds away in the Champions League, and to visit Portugal – both for the first time. I also have a friend who lives in Lisbon and had been meaning to visit for a while...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Feb 15 12:36 PM
The influx of money into the Premier League – the continued rise of the new TV deals, booming gate receipts and worldwide marketing (plus some iffy oil money for a couple of clubs) – has helped to elevate the league, allowing spending on top talent (the average transfer fee is up by roughly 40% t...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Feb 15 8:32 AM
That was truly magnificent. As good as it gets away from Europe. In fact, the five nil Liverpool victory is Porto’s biggest ever home defeat (it was 1-3 previously). Top scorers away from home in Europe. Top scorers in Europe. Third time we’ve scored five or more. I could go on…
The Tomkins Times - Wed Feb 14 12:11 PM
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 Feb 13 11:52 AM
Liverpool contest their first Champions League knock-out tie for almost a decade when they travel to Portugal on Wednesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK time – to face FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão: literally translated as the Stadium that gives birth to baby dragons. This will be the 5th meet...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 12 6:08 PM
First of all, let’s be clear: all managers buy players. No team is ever eleven youth graduates, unless perhaps it’s an end of season game and the manager is trying to prove that, yes, he does blood the kids, honestly. Jürgen Klopp is no different to most managers – he is not relying solely on wha...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 12 12:38 PM
Look, it wasn’t my idea, OK? It was my old mate Neil. Neil from school. Neil a Reds fan. To be fair, he only suggested a weekend away at a lower league match somewhere equidistant-ish (he now lives in North Wales near Llangollen). He suggested Shrewsbury as an option. He’s been there for their ma...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 12 9:28 AM
After the pandemonium of Swansea, West Brom in the cup and Tottenham at home last weekend, it was a very welcome three points on the south coast against Southampton. Klopp’s first 2-0 away win of the season. And all done and dusted at half-time, just about. The rest of this article is for subscri...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Feb 10 11:52 AM
Inspired by Andrew Beasley’s excellent statistical scouting of our upcoming Champions League opposition FC Porto, I’ve decided to add to it with some video clips and analysis looking at the key threats (and potential weaknesses) Beez outlined in his article. First of all, where does Porto’s creat...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 9 5:16 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. This gives 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 it, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the top of the page. 1 – Mortiklopp still sickened by those penalties at Anf...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 9 11:26 AM
We’re away to our relegation-haunted feeder club on Sunday, kick off 16.30 UK time. The match is on Sky Sports. Cue hostile receptions for Lovren, Mane (a bit), Van Dijk (a lot) and Lallana if he’s playing. Our other ex-Saint, Clyne, won’t be around I’d imagine. We go into the weekend in 3rd plac...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Feb 8 11:44 AM
Statistics correct as at 6th February 2018 Liverpool will shortly be taking part in their first Champions League knock-out match for almost nine years. They played and beat the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid at this stage under Rafa Benitez, but this time they face the Portuguese...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Feb 7 12:10 PM
by Thanos Panagos (TTT Subscriber Thanos). I have to admit that although expected goals have been around for quite some years, I’ve only recently jumped on this train – and I’m still learning. And experimenting. What follows is precisely one of these experiments. In this piece I’ll be using expec...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Feb 6 1:58 PM
When referees keep getting more post-match discussion than goalscorers and goalkeepers, you know something’s wrong. Officials seem to be hijacking the post-match agenda with increasing regularity. As Ding observed on this site: I’m a bit tired of having to debate the veracity of penalty decisions...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Feb 6 10:51 AM
By Graham Gilby (TTT Subscriber Graham G). Before I’ve got a ticket for Spurs at home thanks to ‘my mate Dave’. It’s not as Ali G as it sounds though. My mate Dave is actually an academic, a Sociologist with a keen interest in class and culture. A scouser who these days splits his time between Lo...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 5 1:40 PM
Here’s a little fact. Teams awarded Premier League penalties at Anfield this season: Spurs 2. Everton 1. Liverpool 1. And Everton didn’t even get in the Liverpool box during their game for theirs. A gust of wind took down poor Dominic Calvert-Lewin, on a day when Liverpool deserved all three poin...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 5 8:24 AM
On the surface it looks like Spurs had much the better of this game with four big chances, more shots, more shots in the box, made the goalkeeper make more saves and all that despite only levelling the scores with a long range effort and penalty in the final seconds.
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 2 6:22 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. This gives 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 it, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the top of the page. 1 – KloppyD on taking risks in the January transfer win...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 2 1:55 PM
In a window when we broke our own transfer record, our outgoing transfer record, and the world record for a defender, the signing of two virtual unknown full-backs is surely only a diet for the Football Manager enthusiast and youth team fanatic. The could not be any more contrast between the appa...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Feb 2 9:34 AM
Liverpool ended January the same way they began it, securing three points from an away fixture in the Premier League, dispatching Huddersfield Town 3-0 and moving up to 3rd place in the league following Chelsea’s 0-3 defeat at home to Bournemouth. Just three points separate us from Man Utd in 2nd...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Feb 1 11:31 AM
All data taken from understat.com. Statistics are for the Premier League only, and are correct up to and including match week 24. The previous article in this series looked at Liverpool’s underlying performance in each 15 minute segment of a match. There has been much debate about whether the Red...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jan 31 12:07 PM
When Huddersfield got promoted last May, I was delighted that there was a really local game for me to go to, just 15 miles and two train stops away. It’s also a town with a legendary pubs and beer scene – what’s not to like? Then the fixtures come out in June and I find Huddersfield away is on …
The Tomkins Times - Wed Jan 31 8:09 AM
Fans going into constant meltdown, rage filling the airwaves, two defeats on the bounce, what a perfect time to play your best man’s team! Huddersfield have barely threatened our goal in both matches we’ve played against them this season, and maybe Wagner has caught The Steve Bruce Syndrome, whic...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jan 30 2:12 PM
We’re not really doing free articles for the rest of this season, but as the fanbase virtually explodes with rage and anger about Liverpool’s transfer policy (remember when Everton “won” the last transfer window?) and two defeats after 18 unbeaten, and as this site – and me, mainly – are accused...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jan 29 1:15 PM
Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze, Nuri Sahin. Three of Borussia Dortmund’s jewels under Jürgen Klopp, only to be sold by the club – to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively – and regress as players. All are now back at Dortmund, and statistically, all three are well below where...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jan 29 1:06 PM
A month that started so positively with three wins against Burnley (A), Everton (H) and Manchester City (H), has seen the usual negativity, doom and gloom come bubbling to the surface following back-to-back defeats against Swansea (Premier League) and West Brom (FA Cup). The Reds travel to Hudder...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Jan 28 12:41 PM
I’ve been thinking about this controversial statement for a while now, and had drafted much of this piece before Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup last night, the nature of which I’ll cover later in the piece. (Note: it’s not wise to read too much into two games, especially after an 18-game unb...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Jan 26 4:15 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. This gives you some idea of the range of debate on the site and the type of articles published. If you fancy being part of it, there’s a ‘Subscribe’ tab at the top of the page. 1 – Kloppsession’s views on this January transfer window...