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The Tomkins Times - Sun Sep 17 9:15 AM
Watched this one with my son, and he asked the unanswerable question for a parent: “How can we have so many shots Dad, and only score once?” My reply, obviously: “Create more than ONE big chance would be a good start … and without having seen the xG values, or the shot maps son, it’s hard to be...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Sep 15 4:46 PM
By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. Here is our weekly round-up of five extracts from articles or comments that have appeared on the site during the past week. This is meant to give some idea of the types of debates our subscribers have during the week. To subscribe you don’t have to try to match...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Sep 15 11:42 AM
This was one of the strangest transfers during the summer window: it has long been rumoured that Liverpool were interested in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but as the window entered its climax phase, the strongest rumour was that Arsenal had accepted a bid from Chelsea, and it seemed a formality he wo...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Sep 14 2:55 PM
By Gary Fulcher. It hasn’t taken long for Liverpool’s defensive frailties to grab the headlines this season, with the five goals conceded v Manchester City and the two against Sevilla on Wednesday evening, meaning the Reds have now conceded 13 goals in just seven domestic and European matches. Th...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Sep 14 12:17 PM
Well, if you ever need an object lesson in the confidence of professional footballers, Liverpool displayed it against Sevilla after the 5-0 drubbing by City – which, though largely achieved by Pep Guardiola’s team with an extra man, obviously left psychological scars on the Reds. A 2-0 defeat at...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Sep 14 8:26 AM
Firmino steps up … It all felt so good then. Obligatory defensive face palm aside, goal conceded; but after that, for the rest of the half, we were electric … Then the power went out. Felt like the oxygen too with about five minutes to go … The rest of this article is for subscribers only.
The Tomkins Times - Wed Sep 13 11:08 AM
By Our Mystery Correspondent P. Dantic. You hear a lot of commentators say that. ‘He just wanted it more’. They say it to explain why, in a contest, one side won. It could be two players chasing the ball, or in an aerial dual. One wins it. Dogged and determined indomitability is what made the dif...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Sep 12 11:06 AM
Part 1 by Gary Fulcher. Liverpool kick off their Champions League campaign proper, playing host to Sevilla on Wednesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK time – with the Reds smarting from the 0-5 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. These two clubs last met in the 2016 Europa League final which the...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Sep 11 11:07 AM
I broke my ‘never in Manchester’ rule on Saturday by going to a match there. Let me qualify that – it’s not that I NEVER go to Manchester. I go there to the proper Old Trafford to watch a Test Match. I go there for cask beer because it’s got shedloads of it and lots of great places to drink...