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The Tomkins Times - Mon Apr 30 11:29 AM
By Andrew Fanko. When my brother Martyn and I step outside at 7:45 on Saturday morning, there is a nip in the air that is more suggestive of early February than the final few days of April. I’ve definitely been to games in t-shirt and shorts at this time of year, but today we are both wrapped up...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Apr 26 12:33 PM
By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. Paul Lambert’s relegation-threatened Potters arrive at Anfield for another lunchtime kick off, 12.30pm UK time. With Liverpool just 4 points shy of guaranteed Champions League football next season after the 2-2 draw at West Brom, this is a crucial game for both...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 3 11:37 AM
By Kris Patterson (TTT Subscriber krisbuddies). A bit of background on me before I go onto the Stoke game. 33 years old, son to an avid Everton-supporting dad with a season ticket for 30 years+! Happily for me, I was taken to my first ever live game by my granddad on my mum’s side, a huge Liverpo...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 30 2:43 PM
Two-and-a-half years ago, Liverpool lost 6-1 at Stoke. It appears to have hurt less than drawing 3-3 in Seville, or 1-1 against Chelsea. Last night the Reds – or Oranges – won 3-0. The big difference between the weekend’s disappointment and last night’s joy and relief was … a bit of luck. I’ve be...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 30 7:41 AM
Plenty of rotation, dropping Salah, and Coutinho! Who does Klopp think he is? Away at Stoke? We need need three points! Or… rotation over the last two games, with a huge amount of matches coming up in a short space of time, and a victory when we had FIVE big chances and close to 3.0 xG. Yes, Mign...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Nov 28 12:41 PM
The weather forecast for Stoke-on-Trent for Wednesday is around 4c and cloudy so we’ll soon find out if Mo Salah can produce the goods “on a cold and wet cloudy Wednesday evening in Stoke” (barring rotation) when the Reds travel to the bet365 Stadium – 8pm kick off UK time -to face Mark Hughes’ s...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Apr 14 11:48 AM
By Gary Fulcher Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Stoke last Saturday could prove to be a significant three points in the hunt for Champions League qualification, with the Reds’ chances increasing following Arsenal’s 0-3 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday evening, leaving the 6th placed Gunners nine points...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Apr 9 8:37 AM
By Daniel Rhodes. Travelling to the Britannia Stadium on a warm, windless Spring afternoon had gone down in British footballing folklore as ‘a true test’ and even the commentator said “all potential champions are measured” by how well they coped with the Potters’ challenge posed to them. Most of...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Apr 7 10:10 AM
Part One by Gary Fulcher. Liverpool’s struggles against teams outside the top seven continued on Wednesday evening as the Reds drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at Anfield. That result means six points separates the Reds in 3rd and Arsenal (5th) and Man Utd (6th), with both sides having two games in hand...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Dec 28 11:02 AM
By Daniel Rhodes. Utterly professional performance all round. Yes, we decided to give them a goal start as a traditional Anfield Christmas gift, but after we equalised there was only ever one winner. The rest of this article is for subscribers only.
The Tomkins Times - Sat Dec 24 8:58 AM
Part One By Gary Fulcher. The halfway point of the 2016/17 season is fast approaching, with Liverpool currently sitting in 2nd place in the league, into the semi-finals of the League Cup where Southampton wait and a home tie in the third round of the FA Cup against Plymoth Argyle, the Reds have a...
The Tomkins Times - Mon May 2 11:42 AM
By Paul Tomkins. It’s the day after Liverpool’s frankly embarrassing 6-1 drubbing at Stoke; what feels like the lowest league point in years. It is on this Monday in 2015 that you meet a mischievous mystic in possession of a crystal ball – but obviously, being rational, you don’t trust such peopl...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Apr 10 6:48 PM
By Daniel Rhodes. Apart from the ridiculous second half against Southampton, we’ve been on an impressive run of performances lately. This one though, with a heavily rotated side including Ojo and Stewart, produced a stunning exhibition, especially in the second half when Origi came on. The rest i...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Apr 8 1:45 PM
By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes. It’s 9th place versus 8th place in the Premier League on Sunday when Liverpool host Stoke City at Anfield; 4pm kick off UK time. The Reds know a victory will catapult us above Mark Hughes’ side and maintain our slim hope of a top four finish come May 15. …
The Tomkins Times - Mon Feb 8 3:36 PM
By Neil Mundy (TTT Subscriber NeilM). Anfield. Last Tuesday night. About twenty past ten. Liverpool and Stoke are locked in a gripping penalty shoot
The Tomkins Times - Tue Feb 2 2:59 PM
By Neil Mundy (TTT Subscriber NeilM). Anfield. Last Tuesday night. About twenty past ten. Liverpool and Stoke are locked in a gripping penalty shoot
The Tomkins Times - Mon Jan 4 12:55 PM
By Gary Fulcher. Liverpool face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final – 8pm kick off UK time – in what will be our 16th semi-final appearance in this competition. The Reds suffered a 0-2 reverse against West Ham on Saturday, whil...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Dec 27 9:38 AM
On a day when Arsenal were thumped four nil away to an out-of-form Southampton, days after beating Manchester City, Stoke make easy work of Van Gaal’s Man United and Chelsea battle to a point at home to Watford, The Season Of Unpredictability continues apace as Liverpool beat top of the table Lei...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Aug 11 3:01 PM
By Mihail Vladimirov. Summary 10 team changes and different tactical set ups meant no comparison to last season’s 1-6 Both teams used formations that were lopsided from their left side The first half was possession-based and lacking in penetration, dominated by industry and caution Safe ball rete...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Aug 10 8:16 AM
This season, similar to the last, will involve: a brief round-up of all the key stats from each match, the press conferences when available, some match highlights, and hopefully Dan Kennett’s Tableau Dashboard as the season progresses. The rest of this post is for subscribers only:
The Tomkins Times - Fri Aug 7 9:39 AM
By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes. Liverpool kick off their 2015/16 Premier League campaign with the chance to gain some redemption against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Sunday afternoon; 4pm kick off UK time. Stoke’s 6-1 humiliation of the Reds on the last day of last season was our heaviest defeat...
The Tomkins Times - Tue May 26 2:16 PM
By Mihail Vladimirov. SUMMARY Liverpool started with a 4-diamond-2 for the first time in 2015 From the start, Stoke pressed high up Liverpool were forced into rushed and poor passing Stoke suffocated the visitors with their intensity out of possession Stoke created the type of game that didn’t su...
The Tomkins Times - Fri May 22 2:58 PM
By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes. The 2014/15 Premier League season draws to a close on Sunday with Liverpool travelling to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke – 3pm kick off UK time – where Mark Hughes will be hoping to add to our misery in what has ended up being a disappointing season for
The Tomkins Times - Tue Dec 2 11:16 AM
By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Our 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday was our first league victory in four attempts, ending a run of three consecutive defeats and it was just third the third time in the Premier League this season that we’ve prevented the opposition from s...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Dec 1 4:19 PM
By Mihail Vladimirov SUMMARY: Gerrard started on the bench, Enrique replaced Manquillo. Both teams started with the 4231 formation. Hughes welcomed back Pieters and Wilson. Rodgers opted for a cautious set-up, including the Allen/Lucas double pivot, with both occupying similar roles, and the full...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Nov 30 8:04 AM
Rather than have a stand-alone article focusing purely on the stats from each match of the Premier League season, this campaign we will broaden the focus of the post-match analysis and provide more useful and relevant information – usually by request after the game in the match thread – for subsc...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 28 10:21 AM
By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. With 14 points from the opening 12 league games (with a goal difference of -3), Brendan Rodgers has led Liverpool to their lowest points tally at this stage of any Premier League season since 1992/93, when Souness’ Liverpool picked up just 13...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Jan 16 1:10 PM
By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov The Reds continued their 100% start to 2014 with a remarkable 5-3 victory over Stoke City last Sunday, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to make it four wins from four when we host Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa on Saturday; 5.30pm kick off UK tim...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jan 14 3:00 PM
By Mihail Vladimirov. Mark Hughes opted for the expected starting XI. Sorensen was only fit for the bench, so Butland made his first start in goal. Arnautovic replaced the ineligible Assaidi down the left flank – the rest of the team was as per usual. With Agger and Sakho injured, Toure needed to...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Jan 14 12:19 PM
by Bob Pearce. Luis Suarez, 2013-14 model. This season he has shown himself to be both a great scorer of goals and a scorer of great goals. I wouldn’t be the first to suggest that Suarez could have his own private ‘Goal of the Season’ competition, such has been the sheer quality and downright aud...