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The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 21 12:26 PM
Around twelve months ago, Paul suggested The Tomkins Times should start using the professional scouting software Wyscout to analyse, in-depth, players who Liverpool have signed, been heavily linked with, or teams we might be playing against. Wyscout is a service used across the world, with the va...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 20 2:06 PM
Liverpool have two games to secure passage to the knock out stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09, when we reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Chelsea 5-7 on aggregate over the two legs. Sevilla and Liverpool meet on Tuesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 20 12:27 PM
by Hemal Shah (TTT Subscriber Humdul1). I normally manage to go to about five matches a season, with my mate who I have grown up with. Both of us started supporting LFC while growing up in Kenya. We both now live in London so it is easier to go together. In this instance, I managed to secure four...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Nov 19 4:57 PM
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a brilliantly bonkers back-to-front side, with nothing quite where you expect it. How do you mark a team that doesn’t fit into conventional patterns? Against Southampton it was a near-perfect attacking display, backed by a faultless defensive performance. As with the...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Nov 19 8:11 AM
Four wins on the bounce, three in the league – all by three goals – and guess what? Our performances are very similar to those when we were apparently ‘struggling’. This is Liverpool. Dominating games, creating plenty, restricting the opponents. When we don’t make any outrageous individual errors...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 17 5:27 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. Quick thanks to all the subscribers who posted questions in the Kenny Dalglish section earlier this week. If you’ve heard the audio or read the interview, you’ll be aware of how many questions The Tomkins Times subscribers (and staff)...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 17 12:27 PM
By our mystery correspondent Per Dantic. You’ll learn that one in your first week at commentators’ classes. The commentators say ‘The worst possible start’ to show us that they know of all the many different ways it is possible to start a football match and that this is the worst one. They say it...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 16 3:03 PM
The final international break of 2017 is behind us and there are 12 competitive matches for Liverpool to play before 2018 announces itself upon the world, or 13 in the space off 44 days if you include a trip to Burnley on Jan 1st, if that kind of numerical description floats your boat. The Reds w...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 16 11:59 AM
It’s hard to know what to expect when working for a so-called ‘fansite’ allows exclusive access to Liverpool-related content. My first such experience was reviewing ‘Being: Liverpool’. You’ll understand the caution one might have whenever the next opportunity comes along. And yet when the email p...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Nov 15 12:36 PM
Is it possible to be a world class finisher and woefully wasteful at the same time? It seems – on the face of it – like two completely opposite ‘attributes’. Why then, depending on who you speak to, is the Reds’ new signing Mo Salah seemingly on both ends of the spectrum? On one side: “It doesn’t...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 14 12:21 PM
In response to my article on how English managers are just not good enough to warrant the chances they feel they deserve, TTT’s historical stat guru Graeme Riley went away and produced some figures for a comment he posted under the original piece. I asked him to work it up into an article, and al...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 13 12:03 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 - Fri Nov 10 4:40 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – KloppyD discussing British managers and the prospect of David Moyes replacing Slaven Bilic at West Ham: Really amusing to hear Allardyce bemoaning the lack of opportunities for British Managers to get work in the EPL. Then watch h...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 10 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 - Thu Nov 9 11:09 AM
A recent academic study showed that while there was a brief new-manager bounce in the Premier League, it mostly occurs only with foreign managers. (As quoted in The Times last month.) Which is odd, seeing as many of them are clueless dummies who don’t know the league. The fact that they also win...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Nov 8 12:47 PM
By our mystery correspondent Per Dantic. ‘He is a top top player’ We often hear the commentators say ‘He is a top top player’. What they’re telling us is, if you could get all the players to line up in a row, and then divided that line into three sections, you’d have some players who are waiting...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 7 12:18 PM
If you haven’t heard yet, had Naby Keita arrived at the end of August rather than next summer then we’d be top of the league and five points clear. Keita in. FSG out. Klopp out. Edwards out. In out, in out, shake it all about. A little like Naby’s current campaign … In this article we’ll have a l...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 7 10:22 AM
Last week I spent a couple of hours chatting with Gags of Anfield Index over Skype. The results can be heard only through their Anfield Pro subscription podcast, although they have offered TTT a referral fee, so if you sign up via our link we get a little bit of the money. There are a lot of good...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Nov 6 11:13 AM
When I first met Jim, Roy Evans was Liverpool manager. But so was Gerard Houllier. That partnership didn’t last long, but Jim and I have been mates since our first year at university. Yet despite this being the 20th season of our friendship, and both being keen Liverpool fans, we’ve only ever man...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Nov 4 8:33 PM
Liverpool just ran in four largely lovely goals against West Ham, and it could have been more. The Reds’ (Oranges’?) defending wasn’t perfect, but even the chaos of Andy Carroll only caused a few flutters, and a couple of bruises to Emre Can’s head. The goals are flowing. And there are two reason...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 3 1:09 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland. 1 – Krishaldo with some net spend figures across Europe; Manchester’s spending much higher than Barca, Bayern, Juve, Napoli, Red Bull Leipzig, Chelsea and Liverpool combined: Net spend over the last 5 years for CL clubs (source is Talksport, so pinch o...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 2 12:38 PM
Liverpool are on the road again for the seventh time in ten matches when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday evening; 5.30pm kick off UK time. The Reds’ last trip to the capital ended with a 1-4 defeat against Spurs and our domestic record away from home this season has...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 2 7:35 AM
A 3-0 win, a missed penalty, 23 shots, barely any conceded, again … we’re really performing like an elite team over a hefty sample: that’s not the narrative though. We can’t defend. To barely concede the value of a half chance over 180 minutes of football in the last four days is quite something,...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Nov 1 12:33 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). Tactics are an elusive, ethereal concept which are hard to define with statistics. For...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Oct 31 12:04 PM
Liverpool play host to Maribor on Wednesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK time – knowing that a victory would put us on eight points with two games remaining, as we look to go (at least) one better than our last appearance in this competition in 2014/15 when we finished 3rd with five points and fa...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Oct 30 12:14 PM
1 – By Chris Rowland: After last Sunday’s horror show, there’s one bit of good news. Lime Street station is open again, and it’s a Saturday 3pm kick off! At least there’ll be no need to set the alarm. Nice and leisurely for the 10.06 from Hebden Bridge to Manchester Victoria. There are likely to...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Oct 29 7:51 AM
What is the perfect tonic to go with the poisonousness gin we tasted at Wembley last week? The next opposition turning up, attempting one shot on goal, and not even getting that on target. It certainly helps with those questioning the inclusion of the goalkeeper! But after 45 minutes, a missed pe...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Oct 28 9:22 PM
Four games ago, Liverpool were scoring little over a goal per game (in the run following the thrashing of Arsenal), and were missing too many chances. And, up until four games ago, the Reds weren’t keeping clean sheets. Since then, Jürgen Klopp’s men have scored eleven, and in only one of the fou...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Oct 27 5:22 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – Ding’s thoughts on us not signing a centre-back during the summer: In trying to assess how “poor” a decision not to get a CB in summer was, it should be borne in mind that our defensive record towards the end of last season was re...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Oct 27 12:26 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...