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The Tomkins Times - Mon Jan 1 5:36 PM
I don’t think enough Liverpool fans appreciate just how good this Liverpool side (and squad) is. It has flaws, but those flaws get fixated on (and are being worked at). Anyone has a shot against Liverpool and suddenly it’s all about the Reds’ leaky defence. It’s easier to make mistakes playing ou...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 31 12:01 PM
Amidst the loss of awareness of date and time that comes with what we call the festive period, I almost overlook the fact that this is that rarest of things, a Saturday 3pm kick off! Trains pre-booked, I have inadvertently clicked ‘e-ticket’ for my journey to and from Manchester, a first for me,...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 31 7:59 AM
Liverpool kick off 2018 with a trip to Burnley on Monday – 3pm kick off UK time – with Sean Dyche’s side surprising most people by being in the mix for the European places, currently sitting in 7th place with 34 points, six points clear of Leicester in 8th and three behind Arsenal in 6th, althoug...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 31 7:51 AM
Huge result. Massive three points. About 20 minutes until the next game starts against Burnley, such is the nonsensical nature of English football at this time of year. In this game we decided to give the Foxes a one goal lead when Matip first gave the ball away and then failed to track the runne...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 29 2:02 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 – Hesbighesred on players’ duty of care to each other:...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Dec 28 3:50 PM
Liverpool see out 2017 with a home match against Leicester City on Saturday – 3pm kick off UK time – before making the 1 hr drive north east to Burnley less than 48 hrs later. Given the physical style of football that both of these teams play, don’t be surprised if Klopp rotates even more heavily...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Dec 28 12:00 PM
By Our Mystery Correspondent Per Dantic. The commentators like to use some variation of this phrase. They will take the format of ‘A blank or a blank’ and insert the names of two players. We’re just using Messi and Xavi here as examples. The first thing you might notice is that the commentators a...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 27 9:41 PM
By Daniel Rhodes. This is an article originally from July 2017. It’s been bumped with the news of Virgil van Dijk’s confirmation as a Liverpool play. There are many puzzling questions that confuse even the greatest minds: the meaning of life, the universe and everything; trees falling silently in...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 27 6:39 PM
Two days late – if not several months late – Virgil Van Dijk is a Christmas present to us all the same. The saga that became an epic in the summer, popped up with a stunning conclusion almost unexpectedly a few days before the latest transfer window opens. Happy New Year, Reds. I said in the summ...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 27 3:50 PM
I don’t like to talk too much about Manchester United, especially as this site relates to Liverpool FC, but I have also been writing about football spending and its links to success for almost a decade now. It’s eight years since I joined forces with Graeme Riley to create the Transfer Price Inde...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 27 12:22 PM
David Sumpter is a smart cookie. Professors usually are. By day he deals in applied mathematics, but he is also a Liverpool fan who has presented at the Opta Pro Forum. He is the author of ‘Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game‘, a book which is both enjoyable and fascinatin...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 27 8:47 AM
When you win five-nil and there’s still plenty of improvement then all you can do it smile and look forward to the future. Pure domination on all counts, except in the first half it was more like sterile domination and frustrating possession without really threatening (other than the goal and Fir...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Dec 26 8:34 PM
For the longest time it was one of the quietest, flattest displays – and atmospheres – at Anfield; the Kop apparently carrying over the stresses felt at Arsenal in the way that it did after that trauma-inducing three-goal shipping at Sevilla, when a kind of aftershock hung around the place days l...