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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...