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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...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 24 6:54 PM
By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. The second half of Liverpool’s season gets underway at Anfield on Boxing Day afternoon – 3.00pm kick off UK time – with Liverpool in 4th place and very possibly the team neutrals want to watch, so exciting and unpredictable are our games. At Anfield, after thos...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Dec 23 8:22 AM
Another game we dominate. Another two points dropped because of profligate finishing and a crazy five minutes of football when we basically forgot to do all the basics. To go away to Arsenal, a side who ripped Man Utd a new one (despite the result) and have one of the best home records in Europe,...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 22 3:07 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 – RoboKlopp with a couple of gripes despite the 4-0 wi...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Dec 22 10:15 AM
Tactical Twists and Turns: Part 2 – Pressing When the Sunday Times’ Jonathan Northcroft wrote about Liverpool earlier this season, his focus was on the lack of pressing in the first few weeks of the campaign. This, despite Alberto Moreno insisting there was no change in instruction from the manag...